Karen A. Cullinane

Karen A. Cullinane



Practice Groups

Karen Cullinane, an associate in the firm's Toxic Tort Practice Group, focuses her practice on complex asbestos litigation, toxic tort matters, mass torts, product liability, and general commercial litigation. Karen represents national and international entities including chemical, manufacturing, and mining companies. Her legal experience includes successful precedent-setting briefings ranging from precluding evidence and dismissing cases on dispositive motions to directed verdict motions concerning punitive damages.

With a practice spanning pre-trial discovery, jury selection, trials, post-trial briefings, and appellate advocacy, Karen has a detail-oriented approach to litigation but takes a global and comprehensive view of defense strategy. She works to choose and develop consensus-based tactics and approaches to defense, and to resolve immediate legal needs with an eye on minimizing legal spending and achieving each client’s long-term business goals.

Karen graduated from the University of Michigan Law School, where she was a contributing editor of the University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform and a student attorney in the UMich Child Advocacy Law Clinic. She gained additional experience as a Governmental Affairs legal intern with the New York City Council Legislative Division, and later as a Criminal Appeals Bureau intern with the Legal Aid Society in Manhattan. Karen earned her bachelor’s at Wellesley College, where she was the History Department's editorial intern at Bedford/St. Martin’s Press in Boston and a two-time National Field Hockey Coaches Association All-American, all while serving as vice president of the school’s Pre-Law Society.

Professional Affiliations
  • New York City Bar Association
Admitted to Practice
  • New York
  • The University of Michigan Law School, J.D., 2011
  • Wellesley College, B.A., cum laude, 2005
  • Author, “Protecting Anonymous Expression: The Internet’s Role in Washington State’s Public Disclosure Laws and the Direct Democracy Process,” University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform, August 2011