Karen is a founding principal of Kenny, O’Keefe & Usseglio. She has practiced in the areas of personal injury, product liability, professional liability, and construction law for over two decades. Karen works tirelessly to recover compensation for her clients in a variety of settings. She listens to her clients and then works with them to obtain the best outcome for them. Karen has represented clients who have sustained serious catastrophic injuries and wrongful death, clients who were victims of car crashes, child sex abuse, drunk drivers, dog bites, medical negligence, defective products and poorly maintained premises.
In addition to her litigation experience, Karen is recognized as one of the state’s top appellate attorneys, regularly appearing before the Connecticut Supreme and Appellate Courts, as well as the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Karen is our lead appellate advocate at Kenny, O’Keefe & Usseglio. She supervises all aspects of our appellate practice, including strategy, pleadings, motions, briefs and oral argument. Some of her appellate successes include: Tara S. v. Charles J., 178 Conn. App. 547 (2017)(sex abuse); Doe v. King, 153 Conn. App. 905 (2014)(sex abuse/prejudgment remedy); Sullivan v. Stein, 319 Fed. Appx. 42 (2d Circ. 2009) (constitutional law and professional liability); Hollister v. Thomas, 110 Conn. App. 692, cert. denied 289 Conn. 956 (2008) (construction litigation); Doe v. Norwich Roman Catholic Diocesan Corp., 279 Conn. 207 (2006) (sex abuse); Allstate Insurance Co. v. Barron, 269 Conn. 394 (2004) (Insurance coverage).
Karen is a member of the Connecticut Trial Lawyers Association and has served as the Chair and Vice Chair of the CTLA’s Women’s Caucus. She remains an active member and has worked on fundraisers that have benefited Habitat for Humanity, House of Heroes, the Newtown Memorial Fund, Sandy Hook Workers Assistance Fund, Wounded Warriors and Connecticut Children’s Medical Center. Karen has also served on the CTLA’s Amicus Committee since 2010, served as a panelist for the CTLA’s Annual Supreme and Appellate Court Review presentation and is an active member of the Connecticut Bar Association’s Appellate Practice Executive Committee.
- College of the Holy Cross (B.A. Economics/Accounting, 1987)
- University of Connecticut School of Law (J.D., 1990)
- Rhode Island
- United States District Court for the District of Connecticut
- United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts
- United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
- United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit
- United States Supreme Court