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Karen A. Andersen


Chief Lateral Recruitment Officer

Karen Andersen is the firm's Chief Lateral Recruitment Officer and oversees all aspects of the recruitment and subsequent integration of lateral partners to Perkins Coie. Ms. Andersen joined Perkins Coie in 2008, following five years heading up the Seattle office of Major Lindsey & Africa, the world's leading legal search firm. Prior to that she was General Counsel and a Managing Director of Incepta Ventures, a venture capital firm sponsored by Bechtel. Before that, she spent 14 years practicing corporate finance and securities law for firms in San Francisco and Seattle.

Related Employment

  • Major Lindsey & Africa, Seattle, WA, Managing Partner, 2003 - 2008
  • Incepta Ventures, Seattle, WA, Managing Director and General Counsel, 2000 - 2002
  • Summit Law Group, Seattle, WA, Founding Partner, 1997 - 2000
  • Davis Wright Tremaine, San Francisco, CA, Associate; Seattle, WA, Partner, 1994 - 1997
  • Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison, San Francisco, CA, Associate, 1987 - 1994


  • University of Washington School of Law, J.D./M.B.A., 1987
  • University of the Pacific, B.A., Political Science, 1983

Bar Admissions

  • Washington