Ms. Karen Randall

Connell Foley LLP

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Connell Foley LLP
56 Livingston Avenue
Roseland, NJ
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Work: (973) 840-2423
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Cell: (862) 485-5802

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Karen Painter Randall is a litigation partner at Connell Foley LLP. She currently focuses her practice on complex litigation including Business Litigation, Cybersecurity, Employment Law, Construction Law, Director & Officer Litigation, Insurance Law, Product Liability and Tort Law, and Professional Liability. Ms. Randall is a veteran trial attorney in both state and federal courts. The Supreme Court of New Jersey, Board of Trial Attorney Certification designated Ms. Randall a Certified Civil Trial Attorney in 1992, 1999 and 2006 and 2012 in recognition of her trial and professional accomplishments. She serves as Chair of the firm’s Director & Officer Litigation practice group and Chair of the Professional Liability Practice Group. Ms. Randall is admitted to practice law in the United States Supreme Court, US District Court for the District Court of NJ, US District Court of Appeals, Third Circuit and State of New Jersey.

Randall was involved in filing a Petition for Writ of Certiorari with the United States Supreme Court relevant to the application of the Fair Debt Collection Practice Act. The cert petition compelled the US Supreme Court to seek the view of the United States' Solicitor General- a review that rarely occurs and requires the vote of four justices. Randall apeared before the US Solicitor General, Federal Trade Commission and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to argue that the Solicitor General recommend that cert be granted.

Ms. Randall has been tapped by the National and State Bar Association leadership numerous times. Just recently she received an ABA Presidential Appointment to the Standing Committee on Lawyers' Professional Liability. She previously served with the ABA as Chair of the Professional Liability, Director and Officer and Emerging Issues Committees. Ms. Randall was appointed to serve on the Board of Civil Trial Certification by the NJ Supreme Court Chief Justice. Ms. Randall is a leader in the New Jersey State Bar Association where she served as Chair of the Insurance Benefits Committee and on the Malpractice Committee. As a member of the Bergen County Bar Association, she was appointed to the prestigious Judicial Performance Committee. Randall serves on the DRI Professional Liability Steering Committee. Recently, she was selected to serve as the NE Regional Chair in addition to the NJ State Chair for Council on Litigation Management.

Randall served as Chair of the Professional Liability Practice Group Leadership Committee at USLAW NETWORK for two years. Randall presently serves on the USLAW Women’s Collection Group Steering Committee.

Ms.Randall was selected by the New Jersey Law Journal as a Prominent Leader Among Women and Minority Attorneys in New Jersey.
Ms. Randall was selected by her professional colleagues as a New Jersey Super Lawyer repeatedly. Most notable, Ms. Randall was named a Top 50 Female Super Lawyer in New Jersey. She has been selected as a Best 50 Women in Business in NJ by NJBIZ and a Woman Leader in the Law. Ms Randall was selected as a National Finalist for Litigation Professional of the Year by Council on Litigation Management.

Ms. Randall has lectured and written extensively on cyber/social media issues, professional liability and director and officer issues ranging from risk management to defense and coverage issues. Ms. Randall has demonstrated dedication to adhering to the highest standards of the legal profession and business community.

Speaking Engagements
2014 CLM Annual Conference, Cyber/Social media and Its Impact on Litigation
2014 USLAW Driving the Dialogue, Technology's Impact on the Practice of Law
2011 Hartford Financial Webinar, Social Media and Employment Hot Topics
2010 USLAW Conference, Reducing Law Firm Risk, Colorodo Springs, CO
2009 USLAW Women’s Collection Webinar Panelist, “Developing Client Relationships”
2009 American Intellectual Property Law Association Webinar: Advising Clients on Procurung and Using Insurance to Address Intellectual Property Lawsuits
2009 Minimizing Legal Malpractice Claims, Baltusrol Golf Club, Springfield, NJ
2008 USLAW Professional Liability Conference, In-House Counsel and Insurance Claims’ Criteria for Outside Counsel: A Safe Bet, Penny Ante or Al In? Las Vegas, AZ
2008 USLAW Roundtables, Professional Liability and Insurance/Bad Faith, Las Vegas, AZ
2008 USLAW Professional Liability Fly-In Meeting, Business Generation in the Insurance Industry, NY, NY
2007 USLAW Conference, How to Best Use an Expert in Professional Liability Litigation, Washington, DC
2006 "Director and Officer Claims and Coverage Issues", Moderator, ABA Midyear Meeting, Tucson, Arizona
2005 "Director and Officer Claims and Coverage Issues", Moderator, ABA Midyear Meeting, Tucson, Arizona
2003 "Legal Malpractice Claims and Coverage Issues", Panelist, ABA Midyear Meeting, Tucson, Arizona
2002 "Healthcare: Elder Abuse Claims and Coverage Issues", Panelist, ABA Midyear Meeting, Tucson, Arizona
2001 "Construction Defect Claims", Panelist, ABA Midyear Meeting, Tucson, Arizona
2000 "ERISA: Coverage and Claims Issues", Panelist, ABA Midyear Meeting, Tucson, Arizona
2000 "Professional Liability of Architects", Panelist, CNA Insurance Co.
1999 "Risk Management", Panelist, CNA Insurance Co.

USLAW 2014 Fall Magazine, How to Feel Secure in an Unsecure World
September, 2011 The FDCPA Minefield: Exposure for Debt Collecting Attorneys Under the Fair Debt Collection Act, USLAW Magazine
May 2009 "Informed Consent and Legal Malpractice" published in For The Defense, In-House Defense Quarterly DRI
May 2008 “Mistakes That Lead to Malpractice: Common Sense Approaches to Reduce Your Risk” published in USLAW Magazine
February 2006 "Director and Officer Insurance: A Primer on Coverage and Issues", Corporate Finance Review
February 2006 Author, "When Attorneys Are Subpoenaed: How to Safely Navigate the Evidentiary and Ethical Minefield" published in New Jersey Lawyer Magazine
April 2003 Author, "Professional Ethics and the Retention of Closed Clients' Files" published in the Metropolitan Corporate Counsel


University of South Carolina School of Law
Columbia, South Carolina, United States
JD, 1984
1981 To 1984

Montclair State School of Business
Montclair, New Jersey, United States
Advanced Legal Management, 2009
Legal Management for Law Firm Partners/Executives
2009 To 2009

University of South Carolina School of Public Administration
Columbia, South Carolina, United States
Masters in Public Administration, 1980
Public Administration
1978 To 1980

University of South Carolina Honors College
Columbia, South Carolina, United States
BA, 1978
Double: Political Science and French
1974 To 1978

Professional Associations

American Bar Association Section ofLitigation,Professional Liability Leadership Committee
2012 - Present

Council on Litigation Management (NJ State Chair)
2008 - 2012

National Association of Women Lawyers
2008 - 2012

USLAW Women's Collection Group (Steering Committee)
2006 - 2012

USLAW Network (Former Chair, Professional Liability Leadership Committee)
2006 - 2011

DRI (Professional Liability Steering Committee)
2005 - 2011

Executive Women of New Jersey
2005 - 2011

Professional Liability Underwriter's Society
2003 - 2011

American Bar Association (Former Chair, Insurance Coverage, Emeging Issues and Professional Liability Committees)
2000 - 2011

New Jersey State Bar Association (Chair, Insurance Benefits)
2000 - 2011

Bergen County Bar Association (Former Chair, Judicial Performance)
1998 - 2011

Job History

Connell Foley, LLP
Roseland, NJ, United States
January 1986 - present

Giblin, Combs and Cooney
Morristown, NJ, United States
August 1985 - January 1986

Honorable Emmett Cassidy, Presiding Judge, Bergen County, NJ
Law Clerk
Hackensack, NJ, United States
August 1984 - August 1985

Honorable Richard W. Riley, Governor State of South Carolina
Law Clerk
Columbia, SC, United States
August 1982 - May 1984

Honors and Awards

Best 50 Women in Business in NJ

Finalist, CLM Litigation Management Professional of the Year
Council on Litigation Management

NJ Top 100 Super Lawyer
Law and Politics/NJ Monthly

NJ Top 50 Female SuperLawyer
Law and Politics/NJ Monthly

Selected, Prominent Woman Amoung Women and Minority Attorneys in New Jersey
New Jersey Law Journal (NJLJ)