Karen McConnell

Karen C. McConnell

Partner She / Her / Hers

Karen C. McConnell is a member of both the firm's Elected Board and Senior Leadership Team. 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 well 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 

Former Practice Group Leader of Ballard Spahr's Mergers & Acquisitions Practice Group and the firm's Private Equity Practice Group

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, 2023

The Best Lawyers in America, Corporate Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law, Securities Regulation, and Securities/Capital Markets Law, 2003-2024; International Mergers and Acquisitions, 2018-2021, 2023, and 2024; "Lawyer of the Year," Corporate Law (Phoenix), 2012, 2015, 2017, 2021, and 2024, Mergers and Acquisitions Law (Phoenix), 2014, 2016, 2018, 2020, and 2023, Securities/Capital Markets Law (Phoenix), 2019, 2022, and 2024

Board Memberships & Community Service

Sandra Day O'Connor Institute for American Democracy, Board of Directors, 2021-present; Member, Executive Committee; Member, Nominating and Governance Committee

Barrow Neurological Foundation, Board of Trustees, 2013-2023; at various times served as Treasurer, Chair of Finance and Investment Committee, Chair of Nominating and Governance Committee, and Member of Executive Committee



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)