Karen Owen Gibbs - McDermott Will & Emery


Karen Owen Gibbs is the Partner-In-Charge of the Chicago Healthcare practice.

Karen advises healthcare and life sciences organizations, investors and lenders on operational, regulatory and enforcement issues. She helps clients identify opportunities to maximize their potential in the ever-evolving regulatory landscape and works to proactively mitigate risks associated with healthcare regulations and enforcement matters in order to resolve issues and implement compliance measures.

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• Led the regulatory team on a wide variety of health services and life sciences transactions. Representative clients include The Carlyle Group, General Atlantic, LLC and Kinderhook Industries, LLC
• Provided strategic counsel regarding business and operational opportunities for industry clients
• Led teams to develop compliance programs that address DEA, pharmacy, fraud and abuse, privacy and other health law issues, as well as meet requirements imposed by government settlements

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  • The Best Lawyers in America, Healthcare Law, Chicago, 2020 to 2024
  • American Health Lawyers Association, Pro Bono Champion
  • McDermott Will & Emery, Award for Outstanding Achievement and Commitment to Pro Bono and Volunteer Service, 2018


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


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