Karen Owen Gibbs joined McDermott in 2014 after serving as Vice President and Senior Counsel at CVS Health (formerly CVS Caremark), a Fortune 20 integrated pharmacy company. Karen advises a wide variety of health care companies, investors and lenders on operational, regulatory and enforcement issues related to all aspects of the pharmacy distribution chain. Her practice also covers synergistic areas such as substance abuse/behavioral health, physician and veterinarian office dispensing, evolving requirements related to opioid prescribing and dispensing, and a wide variety of prescription reimbursement issues.

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  • Provided strategic advice related to business and operational opportunities for retail, mail and specialty pharmacies and for PBMs, including Health Care Reform opportunities
  • Led teams developing compliance programs to address DEA, pharmacy, fraud and abuse, privacy and other health law issues and to meet requirements imposed by government settlements
  • Represented clients in negotiations with governmental authorities regarding proposed business plans, compliance matters and enforcement issues

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  • American Health Lawyers Association Health Care Reform Task Force, vice chair
  • Illinois District 101 School Board, president


University of Virginia School of Law, JD, 1992
University of Virginia, MA, 1989
Georgetown University, BSFS, 1987


Karen Owen Gibbs

Insights & Events / Media

New York, NY / McDermott Event / October 25,2019

Washington, DC / Speaking Engagements / May 30, 2019

Special Report / January 19, 2017

San Francisco, California / McDermott Event / January 10, 2017