Karen McCartan DeSantis concentrates on complex, commercial litigation in defense of Fortune 500 companies, with a focus on product liability and mass tort litigation, including the development and implementation of national defense strategies for clients. She has vast experience in the preparation and cross-examination of expert witnesses in epidemiology, toxicology, medicine, engineering and other scientific disciplines. Karen has a wide range of trial, arbitration, general litigation, negotiation and counseling experience in a variety of commercial and class action litigation matters including not only product liability matters but also RICO, securities, antitrust, constitutional, employment and ERISA litigation, as well as government enforcement actions.
Karen currently teaches as a Visiting Faculty member in Notre Dame Law School’s Trial Advocacy Program and also teaches in Catholic University of America’s trial advocacy program.
Memberships & Affiliations
Board of Trustees, University of Notre Dame
Visiting Faculty, Notre Dame Law School Intensive Trial Advocacy Program
Princeton University Schools Committee
Notre Dame Alliance for Catholic Education ("ACE") Advisory Board
Board of Trustees, Washington School for Girls
Past Chair, Board of Trustees, Norwood School
Founding National Steering Committee, "ND Women Connect": Notre Dame Alumnae Initiative
Founding Co-Chair, D.C. Kirkland & Ellis Women's Leadership Initiative
Completion of Georgetown University’s Intensive Program in Bioethics (2008)
Admissions & Qualifications
- 1989, District of Columbia
- 1986, Ohio (inactive)
- Notre Dame Law SchoolJ.D.
Editor-in-Chief, Notre Dame Journal of Law, Ethics & Public Policy
Edward Barrett Award for Excellence in Trial Advocacy
- Princeton UniversityA.B.