Karen Randall is founder and chair of the Cybersecurity and Data Privacy practice,
co-chair of the Professional Liability practice and a senior trial counsel at Connell
Foley. She represents clients in complex litigation and regulatory compliance and
defense matters involving cybersecurity, data protection and privacy, social media
and professional liability. Karen also has substantial experience with employment
law, business litigation and insurance law. Her counsel and advocacy in federal and
state courts for professionals and businesses spans a broad range of industries, including
legal, health care, financial, retail and design.
Karen has an extensive background developing proactive plans to reduce cyber-attack
risks and conducting risk/security assessments for lawyers and law firms, health care
professionals and institutions, financial entities and professionals, and retailers.
She helps companies implement data security and information governance policies and
procedures, security awareness training for employees, and incidence preparation and
response. In addition, Karen offers strategic solutions related to post-breach matters,
including statutory notification requirements, class action litigation, regulatory
enforcement actions, forensics and crisis management.
Karen also maintains a strong professional liability practice, working closely with
law firms, health care and assisted living institutions, architects and engineers,
directors and officers and accountants. In her complex litigation work, she handles
premises liability matters for major retailers and substance abuse treatment centers
as well as amusement parks, concert venues and bowling centers. She defends these
entities against diverse claims, including significant sexual molestation and elder
Often tapped for key state and national leadership positions in both cybersecurity
and professional liability, Karen received ABA presidential appointments to serve
on the Cybersecurity Task Force and the Standing Committee on Lawyer’s Professional
Liability. She was nominated to the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation, and is
founder and co-chair of the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Cyber Security Task
Force. Karen was also appointed by New Jersey Supreme Court Chief Justice Stuart Rabner
to serve on the state Board on Civil Trial Certification. Among other roles, she serves
as vice chair of the Cyber Security and Data Privacy Group of USLAW Network Inc.;
regional chair of the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (including as a Member
of the Cyber Liability and Cyber Summit Committees); and mentor for the National Association
of Women Lawyers. Her accolades include listings for New Jersey’s Women Leaders in
Law, Complex Litigation; National Finalist, CLM Litigation Management Professional
of the Year; NJBIZ’s Best 50 Women in Business; and Prominent Woman Among Women.
Karen speaks and writes frequently on data security and privacy, business litigation,
professional liability, director and officer issues, and social media use and ethics
ranging from risk management to insurance defense and coverage. Prior to joining Connell
Foley, she served as a legal clerk to Governor Richard W. Riley of South Carolina.