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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.


Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 34%
  2. Employment: 33%
  3. Defective Products: 33%

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Norris McLaughlin & Marcus, P.A.

721 Route 202-206
P.O. Box 5933
Bridgewater, NJ, 08807


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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Best Lawyer, Labor & EmploymentBest Lawyers in AmericaN/A
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-HubbellN/A
Super Lawyer, Business LitigationSuper Lawyers MagazineN/A
Best Lawyer, Products Liability LitigationBest Lawyers in AmericaN/A
Outstanding Women in Somerset CountyCommission on the Status CommissionN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
MemberNorris McLaughlin & Marcus, PA1979 - Present
Law ClerkThe Honorable Morton I. Greenberg, Superior Court Chancery Division1978 - 1979
Association namePosition nameDuration
New Jersey Audubon SocietyVice Chair, Board of Directors2008 - Present
Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Judicial ConductMember1998 - Present
New Jersey State Bar Association, Product Liability and Toxic Tort SectionMemberN/A
New Jersey State Bar Association, Employment Law SectionMemberN/A
New Jersey Defense AssociationMemberN/A
Defense Research InstituteMemberN/A
New Jersey State Commission of InvestigationCommissioner1995 - 2001
Supreme Court Committee on Trial Attorney CertificationMember1992 - 1998
Somerset County Bar AssociationPresident1992 - 1993
Supreme Court Committee on Civil PracticeMember1990 - 2000
District XIII Ethics CommitteeChair1988 - 1989
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Rutgers University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1978
Monmouth UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1974
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Current Wage & Hour ChallengesCurrent Wage & Hour Challenges2010
Managing Products Liability Risk for Manufacturers and DistributorsManaging Products Liability Risk for Manufacturers and Distributors2009
Hot Topics in Labor & Employment Law 2009Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act2009
When to Call Your Lawyer: A Seminar for Business Owners & ExecutivesWhen to Call Your Lawyer: A Seminar for Business Owners & Executives2008
Hot Topics in Labor & Employment Law 2008Hot Topics in Labor & Employment Law 20082008
HR RoundtableHR Roundtable2007
2007 Corporate Counsel InstituteIdentity Theft and Employee Privacy Issues2007
Hot Topics in Labor & Employment Law 2006I'm Liable for What? Employers Liability for Policing Pornography in the Workplace2006