“I built the foundation of my federal contracting legal career on over twenty years as contracts and litigation counsel with the Department of Defense and a small federal agency, plus twelve years as in-house counsel for a Department of Defense contractor. Practical experience, earned from both sides of the business aisle, provides unique insight into achieving low-intensity conflict resolution that satisfies the contractor, yet maintains the business relationship with the government client.”
Karen provides full-spectrum legal support to prime and subcontract federal government contractors, supporting their bid and proposal efforts, providing protest services, change order responses, requests for equitable adjustments, claims and disputes, audits, compliance, and contract closeouts. Karen represents clients in all phases of commercial, international, and federal procurement for construction and services, to include opportunity identification, solicitation and proposal drafting, proposal evaluation, risk management, compliance and ethics, contract award and protests, administration and performance, claims, litigation, dispute resolution, and file closeout.
Federal contractors are subject to thousands of pages of complex regulatory controls, written by the toughest and most well-funded customer in history. Karen supports her clients’ pursuit of fair treatment and accurate application of federal contracting powers.
In her free time, Karen enjoys outdoor life at her South Carolina farm, and waterfront cabin on Lake Keowee.
As a retired US Air Force JAG Officer, Karen has extensive experience in a broad spectrum of weapon systems procurement, project management, and contract litigation. She also gained knowledge in construction, facilities management, leases, engineering, support services, dispute resolution, and contract litigation when she served as a Program counsel for a large Department of Defense contractor. Her practical experience, earned from both sides of the business aisle, provides unique insight into achieving low-intensity conflict resolution that satisfies the contractor, yet maintains the business relationship with the government client.
Douglas, Karen L. “Contractors accompanying the force: empowering commanders with emergency change authority.” Air Force Law Review, vol. 55, 2004.