Karen McConnell
Karen McConnell

Karen C. McConnell


Tel 602.798.5403
Fax 602.798.5595

Karen C. McConnell is the Practice Leader of Ballard Spahr's Mergers and Acquisitions/Private Equity Group. She is known for her work in the areas of corporate law and securities law, with emphasis on mergers and acquisitions and private equity investment transactions.

Ms. McConnell has extensive experience in the mergers and acquisitions area and, over the last decade, has represented buyers and sellers in more than 300 asset- and stock-based transactions. She also represents issuers in public offerings and private placements of debt and equity securities, including venture capital and private equity firms, and provides a variety of corporate and securities services for public and private companies.

Ms. McConnell is a member of both Ballard Spahr's Elected Board and Expanded Board.

Pro Bono Experience

Ms. McConnell and her colleagues in Ballard's Phoenix office have worked with students from The Sandra Day O'Connor School of Law at Arizona State University to provide legal services to the homeless at CASS, Central Arizona Shelter Services.

Professional Activities

State Bar of Arizona
Member, Securities Section and Business Law Section

Recognition & Accomplishments

Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, corporate/M&A law, highest ranking (band one), 2003-2014

Chambers USA: Women in Law Awards 2013, Finalist, Corporate/M&A Lawyer of the Year

The Best Lawyers in America, corporate law, mergers and acquisitions law, securities regulation, and securities/capital markets law, 2003-2015

Named Best Lawyers' 2015 and 2012 Phoenix Corporate Lawyer of the Year

Named Best Lawyers' 2014 Phoenix Mergers and Acquisitions Lawyer of the Year

Business Journal of Phoenix, 2013 Dynamic Women in Business Award recipient

Business Journal of Phoenix, frequent recipient, "Best of the Bar" designation, securities/M&A law

Phoenix Magazine, frequent recipient, "Best Lawyers in Arizona" designation, corporate, M&A, and securities law

Lawdragon, listed among "500 Leading Dealmakers in America"

Publications and Speaking Engagements

Ms. McConnell was profiled by Law360 in its July 17, 2013, edition, in an article titled "Rainmaker Q&A: Ballard Spahr's Karen McConnell."

Author and speaker, "Trends in Mergers and Acquisitions," Corporate Counsel Roundtable, 2010

Author and speaker, "Conducting Internal Investigations," Corporate Counsel Roundtable, 2010

Author and speaker, "SEC Updates," Association of Corporate Counsel, Arizona Chapter, 2008

Moderator, "Let’s Make a Deal: The Current State of Mergers and Acquisition Practice," seminar, State Bar of Arizona, 2008

Moderator, "Executive Compensation for Non-Corporate Entities," 2008

Community Activities

Arizona Science Center, Fundraising Committee

Board Memberships

Treasurer, Barrow Neurological Foundation

University of Notre Dame Law School (J.D. 1984, magna cum laude)
Note Editor, Notre Dame Law Review

Ohio University (B.B.A. 1981, summa cum laude)