M. Karen Thompson, a member of the firm, has been certified by the New Jersey Supreme Court as a Civil Trial Attorney since 1987. She has extensive experience in complex corporate and commercial litigation. She has defended both Fortune 50 and Fortune 500 companies in a broad range of matters on the trial and appellate levels.
Karen’s practice is currently divided between products liability defense and employment litigation. She regularly defends equipment manufacturers, chemical, pharmaceutical and tobacco companies and other entities in products liability actions, including class actions and suits seeking medical monitoring. In addition, she defends management against claims of wrongful discharge, violation of whistleblower statutes, all forms of discrimination and sexual harassment in both state and federal courts, as well as before administrative agencies. She has also represented boards of various entities in defending against claims of mismanagement, breach of fiduciary duty, conspiracy, and discrimination.
As a qualified mediator, Karen mediates civil lawsuits in regard to employment or product liability claims.
Karen has received an "AV" rating from Martindale-Hubbell, its highest accolade. For a fifth year she has been selected for inclusion in the Business Litigation section of New Jersey Super Lawyers® 2011, one of 21 members of the firm selected this year. Only five percent of New Jersey attorneys are given this honor. Since 2006 Karen has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America in Labor and Employment. Most recently, Karen is listed in The Best Lawyers in America for 2012 in Labor and Employment and Products Liability Litigation. She has been included among theOutstanding Women in Somerset County by the Commission on the Status of Women, for her leadership role in a variety of organizations. Karen authored numerous publications on subjects including products liability, employment claims, and directors’ and officers’ liability.
Prior to joining the firm, Karen served as a law secretary to the Honorable Morton I. Greenberg, Superior Court of New Jersey, Chancery Division.
Licensed since 1978
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|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Best Lawyer, Labor & Employment||Best Lawyers in America||N/A|
|AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||N/A|
|Super Lawyer, Business Litigation||Super Lawyers Magazine||N/A|
|Best Lawyer, Products Liability Litigation||Best Lawyers in America||N/A|
|Outstanding Women in Somerset County||Commission on the Status Commission||N/A|
|Member||Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, PA||1979 - Present|
|Law Clerk||The Honorable Morton I. Greenberg, Superior Court Chancery Division||1978 - 1979|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|New Jersey Audubon Society||Vice Chair, Board of Directors||2008 - Present|
|Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Judicial Conduct||Member||1998 - Present|
|New Jersey State Commission of Investigation||Commissioner||1995 - 2001|
|Supreme Court Committee on Trial Attorney Certification||Member||1992 - 1998|
|Somerset County Bar Association||President||1992 - 1993|
|Supreme Court Committee on Civil Practice||Member||1990 - 2000|
|District XIII Ethics Committee||Chair||1988 - 1989|
|New Jersey Defense Association||Member||N/A|
|Defense Research Institute||Member||N/A|
|New Jersey State Bar Association, Employment Law Section||Member||N/A|
|New Jersey State Bar Association, Product Liability and Toxic Tort Section||Member||N/A|
|NMM Products Liability Law Alert||Manufacturers Face Increased Risk of Products Liability Suits in New Jersey||2010|
|Metropolitan Corporate Counsel||Hot Topics in Labor & Employment Law||2009|
|NMM Labor & Employment Law Alert||Ledbetter Act Extends Limits on Filing Disparate Wage Claims||2009|
|Product Liability and Toxic Tort Newsletter||Third Circuit Court of Appeals Rules State Law Failure-to-Warn Claims Preempted in Anti-Depressant Cases||2008|
|New Jersey Lawyer||Recent Court Rulings Affect Punitive Damages||2007|
|New Jersey Defense||FDA Reaffirms Its Firm Stand on Preemption||2006|
|Somerset Business||A New Duty to Deter Illicit Internet Activity||2006|
|NMM Labor & Employment Law Alert||Employers: New Duty to Police Employees' Illicit Internet Usage||2006|
|New Jersey Law Journal||A Simple End to Complex Instrumentalities||2005|
|New Jersey Law Journal||When Does A Plaintiff Need an Expert?||2004|
|The Metropolitan Corporate Counsel||Leading Our Legal Profession With High Ethical Standards||2004|
|New Jersey Law Journal||Lowering The Bar||2001|
|Rutgers University School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1978|
|Monmouth University||N/A||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1974|
|Current Wage & Hour Challenges||Current Wage & Hour Challenges||2010|
|Managing Products Liability Risk for Manufacturers and Distributors||Managing Products Liability Risk for Manufacturers and Distributors||2009|
|Hot Topics in Labor & Employment Law 2009||Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act||2009|
|When to Call Your Lawyer: A Seminar for Business Owners & Executives||When to Call Your Lawyer: A Seminar for Business Owners & Executives||2008|
|Hot Topics in Labor & Employment Law 2008||Hot Topics in Labor & Employment Law 2008||2008|
|HR Roundtable||HR Roundtable||2007|
|2007 Corporate Counsel Institute||Identity Theft and Employee Privacy Issues||2007|
|Hot Topics in Labor & Employment Law 2006||I'm Liable for What? Employers Liability for Policing Pornography in the Workplace||2006|