Karen Lander advises Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP lawyers and staff on the full spectrum of conflicts, ethics, and compliance issues that arise day to day in our dynamic and multifaceted firm.  Karen is the go-to legal counsel for conflict resolution and audit responses. She uses her legal experience and analytical skills to serve the firm and its clients in the areas of ethics, professional responsibility, and loss prevention.

Prior to joining the firm, Karen had a career working in the public interest as a state court prosecutor. An experienced trial lawyer, Karen tried more than 100 cases, including some involving multiple experts. She argued dozens of motions and defended against MARs through pleadings and arguments before the court. In one such matter, she prepared a complex record of appeal that led to a winning outcome for the state, all accomplished while she managed her heavy case load and trial calendar.  At the same time, Karen developed her team and collaborative skills (a practice she continues to develop).  She served two terms as the elected District Attorney’s designee on the North Carolina Juvenile Crime Prevention Council for Guilford County, North Carolina. And, for more than five years, she represented the state on the Guilford County Mental Health, Drug Treatment, and Juvenile Drug Treatment Court Teams.

A long-time proponent of lawyer well-being, Karen has been a volunteer for the North Carolina Lawyer Assistance Program (“NC LAP”) since she began law school in 2008. She was appointed to the NC LAP Volunteer Steering Committee from 2014-2017, serving as its Committee Chair from 2016-2017. Karen currently serves on the NC LAP Foundation Board, an independent, free standing 501 (c) (3) organization that exists solely to support the NC LAP in its work with lawyers and judges who have drug or alcohol problems or mental health issues. The Foundation’s mission is to provide financial assistance to lawyers and judges who are actively working with NC LAP and who meet financial eligibility guidelines and are unable to afford the level of treatment necessary for their full recovery.

Professional and Civic Activities

  • American Bar Association
  • North Carolina Bar Association