Karen C. McConnell


Tel 602.798.5403
Fax 602.798.5595

Karen C. McConnell is the Co-Practice Leader of Ballard Spahr's Private Equity Group and is a member of the firm's Elected and Expanded Boards. 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.

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 and Inclusion Council

Member, Ballard Spahr's Elected Board

Member, Ballard Spahr's Committee on Expansion of the Business and Finance Department

Recognition & Accomplishments

Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, corporate/M&A law, highest ranking (band one), 2003-2019

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

The Legal 500 US, mergers and acquisitions – middle-market (sub-$500m), 2012-2019

The Best Lawyers in America, corporate law, mergers and acquisitions law, securities regulation, and securities/capital markets law, 2003-2019; international mergers and acquisitions, 2018-2019

Recognized in AzBusiness Leaders magazine under Mergers and Acquisitions, 2019 

Named to the Top 100 Lawyers, Arizona Business magazine, March-April 2015

Named Best Lawyers' 2017, 2015, and 2012 Phoenix Corporate Lawyer of the Year

Named Best Lawyers' 2018, 2016 and 2014 Phoenix Mergers and Acquisitions Lawyer of the Year

Named Best Lawyers' 2019 Phoenix Securities/Capital Markets Lawyer of the Year

Named a "Southwest Super Lawyer" for excellence in Mergers and Acquisitions, 2007-2017 

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"

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

Community Activities

Court Appointed Special Advocate for Foster Children

Board Memberships

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. 1984, magna cum laude)
Note Editor, Notre Dame Law Review

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