Main Menu
Photo of Karen Painter  Randall

Karen Painter Randall

Chair, Cybersecurity and Data Privacy


Karen Randall is founder and chair of the Cybersecurity and Data Privacy practice, co-chair of the Professional Liability practice and a senior trial counsel at Connell Foley. She represents clients in complex litigation and regulatory compliance and defense matters involving cybersecurity, data protection and privacy, social media and professional liability. Karen also has substantial experience with employment law, business litigation and insurance law. Her counsel and advocacy in federal and state courts for professionals and businesses spans a broad range of industries, including legal, health care, financial, retail and design.

Karen has an extensive background developing proactive plans to reduce cyber-attack risks and conducting risk/security assessments for lawyers and law firms, health care professionals and institutions, financial entities and professionals, and retailers. She helps companies implement data security and information governance policies and procedures, security awareness training for employees, and incidence preparation and response. In addition, Karen offers strategic solutions related to post-breach matters, including statutory notification requirements, class action litigation, regulatory enforcement actions, forensics and crisis management.

Karen also maintains a strong professional liability practice, working closely with law firms, health care and assisted living institutions, architects and engineers, directors and officers and accountants. In her complex litigation work, she handles premises liability matters for major retailers and substance abuse treatment centers as well as amusement parks, concert venues and bowling centers. She defends these entities against diverse claims, including significant sexual molestation and elder abuse matters.

Often tapped for key state and national leadership positions in both cybersecurity and professional liability, Karen received ABA presidential appointments to serve on the Cybersecurity Task Force and the Standing Committee on Lawyer’s Professional Liability. She was nominated to the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation, and is founder and co-chair of the New Jersey State Bar Association’s Cyber Security Task Force. Karen was also appointed by New Jersey Supreme Court Chief Justice Stuart Rabner to serve on the state Board on Civil Trial Certification. Among other roles, she serves as vice chair of the Cyber Security and Data Privacy Group of USLAW Network Inc.; regional chair of the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance (including as a Member of the Cyber Liability and Cyber Summit Committees); and mentor for the National Association of Women Lawyers. Her accolades include listings for New Jersey’s Women Leaders in Law, Complex Litigation; National Finalist, CLM Litigation Management Professional of the Year; NJBIZ’s Best 50 Women in Business; and Prominent Woman Among Women.

Karen speaks and writes frequently on data security and privacy, business litigation, professional liability, director and officer issues, and social media use and ethics ranging from risk management to insurance defense and coverage. Prior to joining Connell Foley, she served as a legal clerk to Governor Richard W. Riley of South Carolina.


Professional and Community Affiliations

  • International Association of Privacy Professionals
    • Member
  • Supreme Court of New Jersey, Board on Trial Certification
    • Board Member, Appointed by New Jersey Chief Justice Rabner
  • American Bar Foundation
    • Fellow
  • 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
    • Co-chair - 2016 Cyber Liability Summit in New York City 
    • Northeast 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 Appointments
      • Standing Committee on Lawyer’s Professional Liability
      • Cybersecurity Task Force
    • Professional Liability Board Litigation Committee
    • Contributor - LPL E-Advisory  (Legal and Cyber)
    • Section Member - Science and Technology Law
  • Defense Research Institute
    • Professional Liability Advisory Committee
    • Data Breach and Privacy Law Committee
  • New Jersey State Bar Association
    • Co-chair - Cybersecurity Task Force
    • 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
  • New Jersey Business and Industry Association
    • Law and Technology Section
  • Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) - NYS Chapter
    • Member - Security & Privacy Committee
      • Legal/Regulatory Subcommittee
  • Executive Women of NJ


  • Speaker, “Protecting Your Data: Guarding Against Cyber Attacks and Security Breaches,” USLAW Women’s Connection, Lake Tahoe, NY (June 2017)
  • Speaker, “Data Security Risk Assessments: The Gold of Due Diligence,” ABA’s Spring 2017 National Legal Malpractice Conference, Boston, MA (April 2017)
  • Speaker, “The New Normal: Law, Technology, and Innovation,” 6th Annual ASU-Arkfeld eDiscovery and Digital Evidence Conference, Phoenix, AZ  (March 2017)
  • Speaker, "HIPAA" and "Handling a Data Breach from the Beginning," USLAW NETWORK 2016 Data Privacy and Security Boot Camp, Dallas, TX (November 2016)
  • Speaker, “The Brave New World of HIPAA Enforcement,” Claims & Litigation Management Alliance (CLM) 2016 Cyber Liability Summit, New York, NY (October 2016)
  • Speaker, “Data Privacy Issues and Concerns with International Business,” USLAW/TELFA Cross Border Business and Transactions Exchange, Chicago, IL (September 2016)
  • Speaker, “The Fundamentals of Data Protection at Work,” Fall 2016 USLAW NETWORK Client Conference, Colorado Springs, CO (September 2016)
  • 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,” HIMSS 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)

News & Insights



Blog Posts


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


  • Hon. J. Emmet Cassidy of New Jersey Superior Court


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)


Back to Page