Karen A. Monsen
Karen A. Monsen has more than 18 years of legal experience. She practices employment law and commercial litigation and arbitration in state, national, and international forums. She also drafts technology and certain international contracts, and advises on intellectual property issues. In addition to these general practices, she focuses on electronic discovery, forensic investigations, cybersecurity, and document retention and destruction implementation. She has been hired as an expert in all of these areas by clients in widely diverse industries and in family-law to nationwide litigation. She has handled numerous appellate matters in the state of Texas and the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. She is licensed to practice in the State of Texas, the United States Supreme Court, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Western, Northern, and Southern Districts of Texas.
Ms. Monsen graduated with honors from the University of Texas at Austin in 1990, when she went on to work as Communications Director for the Texas Association of Broadcasters. During that time, she appeared before the Federal Communications Commission and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission representing Texas radio and television broadcasters on diversity hiring issues. She edited the association's legal guidebook series, leading to her decision to go to law school. Ms. Monsen graduated from the University of Texas School of Law in 2000. She received the Dean’s Award for copyright law, and she was a member of the Southern District champion intellectual property moot court two-person team. She clerked for Honorable Bea Ann Smith on the Third Court of Appeals in Austin, Texas. Ms. Monsen was a partner with Jackson Walker, L.L.P. (2001 – 2013) before joining King & Sommer, PLLC in 2013.
Area of Practice and Expertise
Ms. Monsen is a seasoned litigator in various commercial and employment matters. She has specialty knowledge in electronic discovery, forensic investigations, and cybersecurity, and has been hired as an expert in all of these areas by clients in widely diverse industries and from small family-law to nationwide litigation. She both litigates on behalf of and counsels business clients in connection with employment matters generally, employment policies, controversies and disputes, litigation avoidance, employment legal compliance, noncompetition and confidentiality agreements, and general risk management strategies. She assists clients in the drafting and periodic review of employment policies and procedures, employee manuals and document retention and detention policies, and assists in the training of companies and their employees in the implementation of these policies and procedures. She also drafts, advises, and litigates executive-level employment agreements. Her company clients are in a variety of industries over multiple states, including technology, telecommunications, nonprofit, financial, environmental, construction, medical, restaurant, utilities, and human resources industries. In addition to her litigation and employment practice, she assists in the drafting of master service agreements, service-level agreements, counsels on intellectual property issues, and advises on certain international contracts.
Memberships, Community Involvement and Service
Ms. Monsen has long donated her time and resources to supporting causes for the homeless and disadvantaged. In 2010, Karen volunteered at the first San Antonio Pro Bono Veterans’ Clinic and was paired a homeless veteran with denied unemployment claims before the Texas Workforce Commission. Ms. Monsen achieved an unexpected victory on his claims, and then assisted the veteran into making the transition into living in an apartment outside of the homeless shelter. Since that time, Ms. Monsen and the veteran have spoken to audiences from all over the state of Texas about their experience in support of the State Bar of Texas’s Texas Lawyers for Texas Veterans program. In addition, she has taken on multiple projects to help the homeless including collecting school supplies for homeless families and collecting and putting together personal care packages for the homeless who prefer not to go to shelters.
Other memberships, community involvement and service includes:
Recognition and Awards
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