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Karen E. Grethlein

Associate
2000 Market Street, Suite 2300
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 575-2770
(215) 575-0856 - Fax
kegrethlein@mdwcg.com

Karen is an associate in the Professional Liability Department where she handles a wide variety of professional liability cases including Architectural, Engineering and Construction Defect Litigation, Employment Law, Education Law, and Professional Liability for Accountants. Karen is also part of the firm's growing Data Breach & Cybersecurity group. She advises clients regarding their obligations with respect to compromised data, cyber attacks, and employee usage of social media.

Prior to joining Marshall Dennehey, Karen was an associate at a prominent defense firm in Montgomery County where her practice included premises liability, automobile liability, employment litigation, and authoring coverage opinions for insurance carriers. Before that, Karen clerked for the Hon. Wade Kagarise of the Blair County Court of Common Pleas. As a clerk, Karen assisted in drafting opinions on a wide variety of civil and criminal matters, with an emphasis on determining evidentiary disputes, motion practice, and preparing 1925(b) appeals for the appellate court.

Karen was appointed to serve as the Zone 1 Co-Chair for Philadelphia County on the Executive Council of the Young Lawyers Division (YLD) of the Pennsylvania Bar Association (PBA) for the 2019-2020 bar year. She also serves as a Member at Large for the Women in the Profession Commission of the PBA.

Karen is licensed to practice in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Published Works

  • Case Law Alerts, contributor, April 2018-present

  • "An interview with Justice Debra McCloskey Todd," Voices & Views, Pennsylvania Bar Association, Commission on Women in the Profession, Spring 2017

  • "Incredible Leaders in Unexpected Places: Blair County," Voices & Views, Pennsylvania Bar Association, Commission on Women in the Profession, Spring 2016

Classes/Seminars Taught

  • Federal and State Civil Procedures, Moderator, Pennsylvania Bar Association Civil Litigation Section Retreat, May, 2019, Baltimore

Education

  • Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law, Philadelphia, PA (J.D., 2015)

    • Awards: CALI Award, Elder Law, Spring 2014
    • Honors: Health Law Concentration Program
    • Law Review: Executive Editor, Research & Production Vol. VII, Drexel Law Review
  • The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD (B.A., 2012)

    • Major: History
    • Activities and Societies: Alpha Phi Omega, Kappa Kappa Gamma
Law Alerts October 1, 2018
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court determined that a non-Pennsylvania resident can assert a lawsuit under the Pennsylvania Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection Law (UTPCPL) against a business that is headquartered in Pennsylvania for conduct..., Case Law Alerts, 4th Quarter, October 2018 Case Law Alerts is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to provide legal...
Law Alerts April 1, 2018
Private engineering firms hired to perform a traditional government function of code enforcement for a township are protected from negligence claims by the affirmative defense of governmental immunity under § 8541, et seq. of the Tort Claims..., Case Law Alerts, 2nd Quarter, April 2018 Case Law Alerts is prepared by Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin to provide information on recent developments of interest to our readers. This publication is not intended to provide legal advice...

Education

  • Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law (J.D., 2015)
  • Johns Hopkins University (B.A., 2012)

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania, 2015
  • New Jersey, 2015
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Pennsylvania, 2017
  • District Court District of New Jersey

Associations & Memberships

  • Montgomery County Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, Bar Leadership Institute, Class of 2018-2019
  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, Women in the Profession Commission
  • National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC), Board of Directors, Philadelphia Chapter

Year Joined Organization: 2017

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