Karen Painter Randall


Karen Painter Randall is the founder and Chair of the Cyber Security & Data Privacy Group, and Co-Chair of the Professional Liability Group at Connell Foley LLP. Ms. Randall represents clients in complex litigation involving cyber security and data privacy, cyber liability, social media, professional liability, employment law, business litigation, construction law, insurance law and product liability. She provides counseling, representation and advocacy services to a wide range of professionals in complex litigation, including: attorneys and judicial professionals, design professionals, architects/engineers, insurance agents and brokers, real estate brokers, agents and inspectors, security brokers and investment advisors, accountants, directors and officers, and other professionals in federal and state courts.

A member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals and founding member of Connell Foley’s Cyber Security & Data Privacy Group, Ms. Randall advises clients on the data protection and regulatory compliance laws applicable to the enterprise and develops proactive plans to reduce the risk of a data breach. She also provides counseling on appropriate policies and procedures, and assists with training employees and implementing data breach incident response plans, as well as remedial action in response to a cyber breach. Designated a Certified Civil Trial Attorney in recognition of her trial and professional accomplishments, Ms. Randall’s extensive litigation background and experience allow her to provide strong post-breach guidance to clients relevant to statutory notification requirements, class action litigation, regulatory enforcement actions, forensics and crisis management.

Ms. Randall is admitted to practice law in the United States Supreme Court, U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and State of New Jersey. Ms. Randall appeared for argument before the United States Solicitor General, FTC and Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in Washington, DC after four U.S. Supreme Court Justices voted to seek the United States' view on a Petition for Writ of Certiorari to the United States Supreme Court on an issue of national significance involving the Fair Debt Collection Practice Act.

Ms. Randall clerked for the Honorable Richard W. Riley, former Governor, and State of South Carolina. She also served as law clerk to the Honorable J. Emmet Cassidy, Presiding Judge, Law Division, and Bergen County, N.J.

Ms. Randall is often tapped for key state and national leadership positions. She received an ABA presidential appointment to serve on the Standing Committee on Lawyers’ Professional Liability. Ms. Randall was appointed by N.J. Supreme Court Chief Justice Rabner to serve on New Jersey’s Board on Civil Trial Certification. Other leadership roles include Regional Chair, Claims and Litigation Management Alliance, Vice Chair, Cyber Security and Data Privacy Group, USLAW Network, Inc., and Mentor, National Association of Women Lawyers.

Ms. Randall’s outstanding reputation has consistently earned her legal and business honors and awards.  She has been recognized by her colleagues as a leader in her field based on her professionalism and advocacy for clients on significant issues.  Recently, Ms. Randall was nominated by her peers to become a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation in recognition of her outstanding dedication to the welfare of the community and to the hightest principle of the legal profession. For many years, Ms. Randall was selected for inclusion in the "Top 100 New Jersey Super Lawyers" and, notably, the "Top 50 Female Super Lawyers." She was named by the New Jersey Law Journal as a "Prominent Leader Among Women and Minority Attorneys" in New Jersey. Ms. Randall also received NJBIZ’s prestigious "Best 50 Women in Business" award and was a national Finalist for the CLM "Litigation Professional of the Year" award. Most recently she was recognized in "New Jersey’s Women Leaders in Law."

Considered a thought leader, Ms. Randall speaks and writes frequently on matters involving data security and privacy, business litigation, professional liability, director and officer issues and social medial use and ethics ranging from risk management to defense and coverage issues.

Honors and Awards:

  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • Certified Civil Trial Attorney
  • New Jersey’s Women Leaders in Law, Complex Litigation (2013)
  • National Finalist, CLM Litigation Management Professional of the Year (2012)
  • Best 50 Women in Business in New Jersey, NJBIZ (2012)
  • Top 50 Female, New Jersey Super Lawyers 
  • Top 100, New Jersey Super Lawyers
  • Prominent Woman Among Women and Minority Attorneys in New Jersey, New Jersey Law Journal


  • International Association of Privacy Professionals
  • American Bar Association
  • New Jersey State Bar Association
  • USLAW Network, Inc.
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Professional Liability Underwriters Society
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance
  • National Association of Women Lawyers
  • Bergen County Bar Association
  • Executive Women of NJ
  • International Association of Privacy Professionals
    • Member
  • Supreme Court of New Jersey, Board on Trial Certification
    • Board Member, Appointed by New Jersey Chief Justice Rabner
  • USLAW Network, Inc.
    • National Chair - USLAW Network Fall Conference
    • Vice Chair - USLAW Cyber Security & Data Privacy
    • Chair - Professional Liability Leadership Committee
    • USLAW Women's Steering Committee
    • Member - Internet, Media, Privacy Committe, Retail, Risk Management and Business Litigation Groups
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance
    • Member - Cyber Liability Committee
    • Member - Cyber Summit Committee
    • Northeastern Regional Chair
    • New Jersey State Chair
    • President - Northern New Jersey CLM Chapter
    • American Law Journal - Professional Liability Editorial Board
    • Contributor - Around the Nation Newsletter
  • American Bar Association
    • Presidential Appointment, Standing Committee on Lawyer’s Professional Liability
    • Leadership - Professional Liability Board
    • Contributor - LPL E-Advisory  (Legal and Cyber)
  • Defense Research Institute
    • Professional Liability Advisory Committee
    • Data Breach and Privacy Law Committee
  • New Jersey State Bar Association
    • Chair - Insurance Benefits Committee
    • Member - Malpractice Insurance Committee
  • Bergen County Bar Association
    • Member - Judicial Performance Committee
  • National Association of Women Lawyers
    • National Mentor
  • Professional Liability Underwriters' Society
  • American Bar Foundation
    • Fellow

Speaking Engagements:

  • Speaker, “Legal Considerations in Practice Management and Technology,” New Jersey State Bar Association Technology Symposium, New Brunswick, NJ (July 2016)
  • Speaker, “RANSOMWARE: A Global Threat to Local Business,” Kean University Ransomware Symposium, Union, NJ (June 2016)
  • Speaker, “Leveraging Technology for Transitions of Care,” HISMISS New Jersey’s Chapter’s Spring Event, New Brunswick, NJ (June 2016)
  • Speaker, “Compliance Strategies for the C-Suite: The Regulatory Landscape for Cybersecurity,”  NJBIA Cybersecurity Summit, Bridgewater, NJ (May 2016)
  • Speaker, “Blurred Line Between Work and Private Time: Acceptable and Unacceptable Monitoring of Employees in the Social Media Age,” Spring 2016 USLAW Network Client Conference, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA (April 2016)
  • Moderator, “Legal Project Management: A Simple Concept Based on Common Sense,” National Legal Malpractice Conference, New Orleans, LA (April 2016)
  • Speaker, “EMV Chip and Pin Implementation and the Anticipated Litigation,” Data Breach & Privacy Litigation and Enforcement Conference, Philadelphia, PA (March 2016)
  • Speaker, “The First 72 Hours: Responding to a Data Breach Quickly and Effectively to Minimize Risk and Get Back to Business,” ASU-Arkfeld eDiscovery and Digital Evidence Conference, Tempe, AZ (March 2016)
  • Speaker, “Reputation & Risk: Corporate Reputation & Social Media in Healthcare,” Healthcare Technical Solutions, LLC’s webinar (February 2016)
  • Speaker, "Cleaning Out the Data Classification Closet," The Voice of the Defense Bar (DRI) Data Breach and Privacy Law Seminar, Chicago, IL (November 2015)  
  • Speaker, “Be Prepared or Face the Consequences,” Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM) Cyber Liability Summit, New York, NY (October 2015)
  • Speaker, “Point of Sale Litigation: Update on Cyber and Other Point of Sale Threats,” 2015 USLAW Network Retail & Hospitality Law Exchange, Chicago, IL (October 2015)
  • Speaker, “Houston, We Have A Problem! (The Mechanics of Data and IP Breach),” Guarding the Company Jewels: Data Security & Privacy, IP and Reputation Management, Fall 2015 USLAW Network Client Conference, Boston, MA (September 2015)
  • Speaker, "Thought Leader Speaker Series," Eyes on Cyber, Cyber Security Conference 2015 (June 2015)
  • Speaker, "Legal Project Management – Planning to Win," Claims & Litigation Management Alliance (CLM) Annual Conference, Palm Desert, CA (March 2015)
  • Moderator, “Evaluating Cyber Liability Insurance Policies: What You Should Know to make a Purchasing Decision,” Webinar, American Bar Association (March 2015)
  • Speaker, “Mechanics of a Data Breach and Initial Response – Assembling the Team and Recovery of Damages, Indemnification Claims, Subrogation and Affirmative Use of Contractual Limitations and Remedies Provisions,” Protecting Your Business in the Digital Age, 2015 USLAW Network Legal Leaders & Corporate Counsel Exchange, Chicago, IL (March 2015) 
  • Speaker, "How to Be Secure in an Unsecure World," Claims and Litigation Management (CLM) two-day Retail, Restaurant and Hospitality Conference, Orlando, FL (February 2015)
  • Speaker, "Technology's Rapidly Growing Impact on the Practice of Law and Insurance Industry," Driving the Dialogue: USLAW’s Professional Liability Exchange 2014 (June 2014)
  • Speaker, "Warning! Pitfalls to Avoid in the Changing Technological Climate" - Technology Trends That Are Transforming the Insurance Industry and Practice of Law, Claims & Litigation Management Alliance; Chicago, IL (July 2014)
  • Speaker, "Top Ten Rainmaking Tips," USLAW Women's Connection Meeting; Sea Island, GA (March 2014)
  • Speaker, “Warning! Pitfalls to Avoid in the Changing Technological Climate” - Technology Trends That Are Transforming the Insurance Industry and Practice of Law, CLM Conference; Boca Raton, FL (2014)
  • Speaker, “Technology’s Rapidly Growing Impact on Standard of Care and Practice of Law,” CLM Conference; San Antonio, TX (2013)
  • Speaker, "Professional Liability Five Minute Drill," USLAW Fall Conference; Washington, DC (2012)
  • Speaker, "Litigation Management and the IPAD," USLAW Conference; Dana Point, CA (2012)
  • Speaker, “Social Media in the Workplace and Litigation Coverage in New Jersey,” Webinar, Hartford Financial (2012)
  • Speaker, "Reducing Law Firm Risk," USLAW Conference; Colorado Springs, CO (2010)
  • Speaker, "Success in a Changing Economy," USLAW Women's Conference Roundtable; Dallas, TX (2009)
  • Speaker, “Developing Client Relationships,” Webinar, USLAW Women's Group (2009)
  • Speaker, “Advising Clients on Procuring and Using Insurance to Address Intellectual Property Lawsuits,” Webinar, American Intellectual Property Law Association (2009)
  • Speaker, "Minimizing Legal Malpractice Claims;” Baltusrol Golf Club, Springfield, NJ (2009)
  • Speaker, "In-House Counsel and Insurance Claims’ Criteria for Outside Counsel:  A Safe Bet, Penny Ante or All In?" USLAW Professional Liability Conference; Las Vegas, NV (2008)
  • Speaker, Best Practices Roundtable, USLAW Women's Conference; Chicago, IL (2008)
  • Speaker, “Professional Liability and Insurance/Bad Faith,” USLAW Roundtable; Las Vegas, NV (2008)
  • Speaker, “Business Generation in the Insurance Industry,” USLAW Professional Liability Fly-In Meeting; New York, NY (2008)
  • Speaker, “How to Best Use an Expert in Professional Liability Litigation;” Washington, DC (2007)
  • Moderator, Director and Officer Claims Coverage Issues, ABA Midyear Meeting; Tucson, AZ (2006)
  • Moderator, Director and Officer Claims Coverage Issues, ABA Midyear Meeting; Tucson, AZ (2005)
  • Moderator, Director and Officer Claims Coverage Issues, ABA Midyear Meeting; Tucson, AZ (2004)
  • Speaker, “Legal Malpractice Claims and Coverage Issues,” ABA Midyear Meeting; Tucson, AZ (2003)
  • Speaker, “Healthcare−Elder Abuse Claims and Coverage Issues,” ABA Midyear Meeting; Tucson, AZ (2002)
  • Speaker, “Construction Defect Claims,” ABA Midyear Meeting; Tucson, AZ (2001)
  • Speaker, “ERISA: Coverage and Claims Issues,” ABA Midyear Meeting; Tucson, AZ (2000)
  • Speaker, “Professional Liability of Architects,” CNA Insurance, Co. (2000)
  • Speaker, “Risk Management for Large Law Firms,” CNA Insurance, Co.; Chicago, IL (1999)
  • Speaker, “Risk Management for Dentists,” NJ Dental Association; Atlantic City, NJ (1990-1994)
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  • Advanced Legal Management  Program, Montclair State  University School of Business
  • University of South Carolina  School of Law (J.D.)
  • University of South Carolina  (M.A., Public Administration)
  • University of South Carolina  (B.A., Honors College)
  • State of New Jersey
  • United States District Court,  District of New Jersey
  • United States Court of  Appeals, Third Circuit
  • United States Supreme Court