Karen C. McConnell

Partner She / Her / Hers

Karen C. McConnell is a member of both the firm's Elected Board and Expanded Board. Karen 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. She has closed over 400 transactions for buyers and sellers in her career.

Professional Highlights

Pro Bono Experience

Karen currently serves as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for children in foster care in Maricopa County, Arizona.

Professional Activities

Member, State Bar of Arizona

Member, Ballard Spahr's Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Council 

Recognition & Accomplishments

Chambers USA, corporate/M&A law, highest ranking (band one), 2003-2023

The Legal 500 US, mergers and acquisitions – middle-market (sub-$500m), 2012-2021

The Best Lawyers in America, corporate law, mergers and acquisitions law, securities regulation, and securities/capital markets law, 2003-2023; international mergers and acquisitions, 2018-2021, 2023; "Lawyer of the Year," Corporate Law (Phoenix), 2012, 2015, 2017, and 2021, Mergers and Acquisitions Law (Phoenix), 2014, 2016, 2018, 2020, and 2023, and Securities/Capital Markets Law (Phoenix), 2019, 2022

Board Memberships & Community Service

Member of the Board of Trustees, Chair of the Board Development Committee, Member of the Finance and Investment Committee and the Audit Committee, Barrow Neurological Foundation



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

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