Skip to content

Karen Seward


Silicon Valley

Karen Seward


Silicon Valley

Karen is A&O’s Global Head of Litigation and an Employment law specialist. Whether it is a strategic employment issue, a highly sensitive crisis or risk management problem, or complicated litigation, Karen is the person to know. Karen is routinely called by clients when faced with all manner of crises, including delicate boardroom issues, sensitive management challenges, senior executive exits, whistleblowing allegations and, especially over the last 12 months, issues connected to #MeToo. She is highly regarded by her peers and clients, which span financial institutions, global corporates, blue chip multinationals and law firms.

Related articles

News: 27 January 2022

Andy McGregor to join Allen & Overy’s Litigation practice

Allen & Overy continues to invest in its London Litigation and Investigations practice through the hire of civil fraud partner Andy McGregor. Andy joins from RPC, where he was Head of Civil Fraud. 

Read more

News: 13 January 2022

Allen & Overy bolsters litigation practice with finance litigation hire Michael Godden

Read more

News: 29 January 2021

Melody Wang joins Shanghai Lang Yue bringing China litigation capability to Allen & Overy Lang Yue

Read more

News: 30 November 2020

Susanna Charlwood to join Allen & Overy’s Litigation practice

Read more


Silicon Valley

Allen & Overy LLP
550 High Street
Palo Alto
CA 94301

View office →



Admitted as solicitor, England and Wales, 1990

Registered Foreign Legal Consultant in California


LLB, Law, 1987 

Law Society Finals, 1988 



Awards & accolades

Outstanding Practitioner of the Year

Euromoney Women in Business Law awards, June 2018

Leading Individual

Legal 500 UK for Employment: Employees/Unions and Employment. (Employers and Senior Executives)