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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.

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Silicon Valley

Allen & Overy LLP
550 High Street
Palo Alto
CA 94301

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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)