Education

  • University of Miami School of Law (J.D., Magna Cum Laude; Order of the Coif; Soia Mentschikoff full scholarship recipient)
  • Cornell University (B.S., Industrial and Labor Relations)

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Maryland (2009)
  • District of Columbia (2011)
  • Virginia (2012 – Inactive)
  • Texas (2016)
  • The U.S. Supreme Court
  • The U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Fourth and Fifth Circuits
  • The U.S. District Courts for the Western and Northern Districts of Texas, the District of Maryland, the District of Columbia, and the Eastern District of Virginia

Professional Activities

  • Code2College (Board Member)
  • Travis County Women’s Lawyers (Member)
  • Mother Attorneys Mentoring Association (MAMAs Austin) (Member)
  • Texas State Bar Association (Member)
  • Texas Bar Foundation (Fellow)

Publications/Recognitions

  • Super Lawyers Rising Star (Washington DC) – 2015, 2016
  • Super Lawyers Rising Star (Texas) – 2017, 2018

Clerkship

  • The Honorable Mary Ellen Barbera, Chief Judge, Court of Appeals of Maryland (2009-2010)

Karen Vladeck

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Karen represents corporate, start-up, and non-profit clients in the resolution of disputes pending before the EEOC, state employment agencies, and state and federal court. Karen has extensive practice defending employers against claims involving Title VII, the ADEA, the ADA, the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, the FLSA, and the False Claims Act. Karen also counsels clients to seamlessly accomplish the on-boarding and termination of employees, reductions in force (RIFs), the development of employee handbooks and policies, resolution of medical and disability leave issues, conducting internal investigations, and compliance with state and federal wage statutes, among other issues. She also represents individual clients seeking advice on employment and severance agreements. Karen has worked with clients across an array of industries, including hospitality, fashion and luxury goods, higher education, real estate, sports, insurance, television, technology startups, trade associations, and non-profits.

Karen began her career as a law clerk for Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera of the Court of Appeals of Maryland. After that, she practiced in the Washington, DC office of Arent Fox LLP before moving to Texas in 2016. Karen has been recognized as a Thomson Reuters Super Lawyers “Rising Star” (Washington, DC – 2014, 2015 and Texas – 2017, 2018). Karen and her husband Stephen, a professor at the University of Texas School of Law, live in Austin with their two daughters.

  • Performed over three dozen internal investigations of sexual harassment, discrimination, misconduct, and hostile work environment at companies of all sizes.
  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of a major Texas insurer against claims of hostile work environment, retaliation, and discrimination.
  • Defended a major research university against claims that the school violated the Americans with Disabilities Act and other disability laws.
  • Represented a large non-profit that was under Department of Justice investigation in the separation of four top-level executives and the restructuring of management.
  • Represented a major construction company in qui tam litigation concerning the False Claims Act and the Fair Labor Standards Act.
  • Negotiated severance and separation agreements concerning the Chief Executive Officer from an international real estate company.
  • Represented a large real estate developer against claims of discrimination and violations of the Fair Housing Act.

Education

  • University of Miami School of Law (J.D., Magna Cum Laude; Order of the Coif; Soia Mentschikoff full scholarship recipient)
  • Cornell University (B.S., Industrial and Labor Relations)

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Maryland (2009)
  • District of Columbia (2011)
  • Virginia (2012 – Inactive)
  • Texas (2016)
  • The U.S. Supreme Court
  • The U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Fourth and Fifth Circuits
  • The U.S. District Courts for the Western and Northern Districts of Texas, the District of Maryland, the District of Columbia, and the Eastern District of Virginia

Professional Activities

  • Code2College (Board Member)
  • Travis County Women’s Lawyers (Member)
  • Mother Attorneys Mentoring Association (MAMAs Austin) (Member)
  • Texas State Bar Association (Member)
  • Texas Bar Foundation (Fellow)

Publications/Recognitions

  • Super Lawyers Rising Star (Washington DC) – 2015, 2016
  • Super Lawyers Rising Star (Texas) – 2017, 2018

Clerkship

  • The Honorable Mary Ellen Barbera, Chief Judge, Court of Appeals of Maryland (2009-2010)