Karen C. Burgess

Karen C. Burgess

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Business Litigation Attorney in Austin, TX

Richardson + Burgess LLP
 | 221 West 6th Street, Suite 900
Austin, TX 78701
Phone: 512-482-8808
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2017
Selected to Rising Stars: 2004, 2008 - 2011
Licensed Since: 1996
Practice Areas:
  • Business Litigation (20%),
  • Civil Litigation: Defense (20%),
  • Employment Litigation: Defense (20%),
  • Securities Litigation (20%),
  • Intellectual Property Litigation (20%)
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • Spanish
Attorney Profile

Karen Burgess is a founder of Richardson + Burgess LLP.  Karen has an AV®Preeminent™ rating by Martindale-Hubbell, reflecting the highest ethical standards and legal ability, and she is Board Certified in Civil Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.  She is an active member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, and ABOTA’s President recently appointed her to the National Board of Directors.  In March 2015, Karen was inducted as a Fellow in the International Academy of Trial Lawyers, which limits membership to 500 Fellows from the United States. Karen is a team leader for the Lloyd Lochridge Inn of Court, and she serves on the Texas Bar Foundation’s Nominating Committee.  Thomson Reuters named Karen a “Top 50 Women Super Lawyer” as well as a “Top 50 Central & West Texas Super Lawyer” for 2014.  Also in 2014, Karen was Co-Chair of the UT Page Keeton Civil Litigation Seminar and Co-Chair of Bench Bar.  She served as Chair of the Austin Bar Association Civil Litigation Section Board from 2012-13, and the Travis County Women Lawyers Association named her Litigator of the Year for 2012.  In 2011, Karen was also selected a “Winning Woman” by Texas Lawyer, an honor reserved for only twenty attorneys in the State of Texas.

Karen handles complex business cases, including trade secret, securities, fiduciary, contract, partnership, insurance, employment, construction, real estate and oil and gas litigation.

Before practicing law in Austin, Karen earned her B.A. in Economics, Spanish, and Policy Studies from Rice University, where she had the opportunity to study at the Universidad Catolica in Valparaiso, Chile, and a J.D. from The University of Texas School of Law in Austin.

Honors & Distinctions

  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • American Board of Trial Advocates, National Board of Directors, 2015-2018
  • Board Certified in Civil Trial Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization
  • AV® Preeminent™ 5.0 out of 5, Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating
  • “Top 50 Women Super Lawyer” as well as a “Top 50 Central & West Texas Super Lawyer” (Thomson Reuters) as featured in Texas Monthly® – 2014
  • “Super Lawyer” (Thomson Reuters) as featured in Texas Monthly® – 2012, 2013, 2014; “Rising Star” (Thomson Reuters) as featured in Texas Monthly® – 2004, 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011
  • Texas Lawyer’s “Winning Women,” 2011 (1 of only 20)
  • Travis County Women Lawyers Association “Litigator of the Year,” 2012
  • UT Page Keeton Civil Litigation Seminar, 2014 Co-Chair
  • American Bar Association Intellectual Property Law Conference Presenter, 2014
  • Austin Bar Association Civil Litigation Section, Former Chair
  • Austin Bar Association Bench Bar, 2014 Co-Chair
  • Texas Bar Foundation, Fellow and District Nominating Committee Co-Chair

About Karen Burgess

Admitted: 1996, Texas

Professional Webpage: http://richardsonburgess.com/our-people/karen-c-burgess/

Honors and Awards:

  • Travis County Women Lawyers Association Litigator of the Year for 2012
  • Texas Lawyer’s “Winning Women,” 2011 (1 of only 20)
  • Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation
  • AV®Preeminent™ rating by Martindale-Hubbell

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Board Certified -- Civil Trial Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization, 2008

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Austin Bar Association, Chair of Civil Litigation Section Board
  • Member of The Lloyd Lochridge American Inn of Court
  • Past Secretary of Travis County Women Lawyers Association

Verdicts and Settlements:

  • Represented venture-capital firm and benefits company as plaintiffs.
  • Settled fiduciary litigation mid-way through jury trial in November 2014.
  • Won verdict of $3,750,000, with a $276,00 offset, for local auto shop in federal court; settled confidentially before retrial on punitive damages.
  • Obtained defense verdict for property owner after jury trial.
  • Defended semiconductor design firm in sex discrimination case; defense verdict and take-nothing judgment entered.
  • Represented owner of museum quality furniture damaged by movers, obtained judgment after a bench trial, and settled with the movers’ insurance companies.
  • Defeated non-compete in evidentiary temporary injunction hearing.
  • Obtained injunction to enforce noncompetition agreement and anti-rolling provision against insurance agent after contested, evidentiary hearing.
  • Defended insurance company in action by former agent; confidential settlement reached after one week of trial.
  • Represented plaintiff in case of tortious interference with patients; after jury verdict, court entered judgment in favor of our client in the amount of $1,491,593.35.
  • Represented corporate general counsel in securing value of stock options promised in technology company; confidential settlement entered one week before trial.
  • Successfully defended British company in special appearance in Texas court; case dismissed.
  • Defended elevator service company in a $1.2 million breach of warranty/DTPA claim; achieved a judgment for the defense.
  • Represented class of 5,000 software purchasers; trial court certified class; certification order affirmed on appeal, see Henry Schein, Inc. v. Stromboe, 28 S.W.3d 196 (Tex. App.—Austin, pet. granted); reversed by the Texas Supreme Court in Schein v. Stromboe, 102 S.W.3d 675, 46 Tex. Sup. Ct. J. 103 (Tex. Oct 31, 2002).
  • Class counsel for 60,000 policyholders; trial court certified the class on July 1, 2003.
  • Represented management buyout group in contract and fraud case; following hearing on the merits, arbitration panel awarded our client $2,484,184.22.
  • Represented plaintiff in premises liability case; after verdict for plaintiff, judgment entered in the amount of $9,005,206.72.
  • Represented plaintiff in international contract dispute case against the second largest telephone company in Mexico and achieved a $35.6 million judgment after jury trial.
  • Successfully defended publicly-traded company against $20 million claim and jury awarded fees in our client’s favor.
  • Secured summary judgment for chemical manufacturer in fire case based on federal preemption.
  • Represented biomedical engineer in partnership dispute regarding medical device patents and royalties; confidential settlement reached at arbitration final hearing.
  • Tried commercial real estate dispute between publicly-traded technology company and developer; confidential settlement reached mid-trial.
  • Obtained dismissal for a District Operator and Municipal Utility District on plea to the jurisdiction.
  • Settled software trade secret misappropriation dispute during week-long temporary injunction hearing.
  • Represented surgeons in fiduciary litigation; confidential settlement reached after Ms. Burgess’ opening statement.
  • Represented global, Austin-based software company in trade secret litigation against its primary competitor; confidential settlement reached two-weeks prior to trial.
  • Represented a high net worth family against financial and tax advisors who exposed them to significant tax liability and reached settlement with the last defendant two weeks before trial.
  • Won money damages as well as a declaration of defamation in arbitration on behalf of the CEO of a company publicly traded in New Zealand.

Educational Background:

  • University of Texas School of Law, Austin, Texas: Doctor of Jurisprudence, Order of the Barristers, 1996
  • Rice University, Houston, Texas: Bachelor of Arts in Economics, Spanish and Policy Studies, 1992
  • Universidad Católica, Valparaiso, Chile: Studied Latin American History and Policy, 1990

Industry Groups

  • International Academy Of Trial Lawyers
  • Office Location for Karen C. Burgess

    221 West 6th Street
    Suite 900
    Austin, TX 78701


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