Karen is Assistant Crown Solicitor of the Government Insurance and Risk 3 Team, commencing the position in 2021.
She graduated university with a Bachelor of Laws in 1997 and was admitted as a Solicitor to the Supreme Court of Queensland the following year. Since then, she has worked exclusively in personal injuries.
Karen began working in the private sector defending motor vehicle and WorkCover claims. She then managed common law workers’ compensation claims as an in-house lawyer at Swift Australia before joining Crown Law’s government insurance practice in 2009.
Karen joined Crown Law as a Principal Lawyer in the WorkCover Team where she managed a portfolio of complex common law claims. Since 2011, she has specialised in public liability claims for the Queensland Government Insurance Fund (QGIF). Karen regularly defends allegations of negligence in sensitive and high-profile matters on behalf of State government departments.
During Karen’s career she has personally conducted more than 500 complex personal injuries claims in the private and public sectors and has represented her clients in the High Court of Australia, the Queensland Court of Appeal and the Supreme, District and Magistrates Courts.
Karen oversees and supervises a team that undertakes personal injuries claims made against various State departments including significant, sensitive and complex matters including litigation involving historical child sexual abuse, catastrophic injuries, dependency claims, public liability.