Karen Katz is the regional manager of the Venture Pipeline group, a DLA Piper business unit specifically focused on enhancing the funding prospects of early stage ventures. Led by business professionals with experience in technology, startups and capital markets, the Venture Pipeline actively advises on strategic business issues that are critical to funding. Ms. Katz works directly with the Corporate and Securities practice group and with the global investment community, leveraging DLA Piper's experience in the emerging growth and venture capital sectors while screening and scrubbing deal flow to match investors' specific needs with appropriately targeted funding sources.
Ms. Katz has advised hundreds of emerging growth companies on various aspects of their business plans, including management and recruiting issues, market development, strategic partnerships and financing strategies. She has helped more than 50 firms raise capital through DLA Piper's collective global network of angel, venture, institutional and strategic investors.
Before joining DLA Piper, Ms. Katz was a Director of Legal Solutions at Thomson Reuters where she managed Fortune 500 accounts and worked with Pangea3. She has served as a business development executive at Mintz Levin, and with Law Practice Consultants LLC, where she specialized in business development training, coaching and strategy. Karen served on the Board of The Capital Network, New Generation Energy, was a member of Mass Medical Angels and has worked with Golden Seeds. She is also on the Board of the Bio-Builder Education Foundation out of MIT and Brookline Interactive Group. She also served as COO of InnerCity Entrepreneurs (now Interise) and has long been a part of the early stage entrepreneurial community. Ms. Katz was a Managing Director LawCorps Legal Staffing which she helped build and prepare for sale and was with Korn/Ferry International. Ms. Katz has written articles for numerous publications, and has been featured in the Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, New England In-House, the Boston Business Journal, Philadelphia’s Legal Intelligencer and the Boston Globe. She is the author of "AttorneyMan Conquers Cha Chingi Changa LLP". She was selected as one of the Boston Business Journal’s 40 under 40 for her accomplishments in the business community. Ms. Katz graduated from Boston University School of Law where she was on the law review and clerked for Juan R. Torruella, U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. While in law practice, Ms. Katz was associated with Hale and Dorr, Crowell & Moring and served as in-house counsel to St. Elizabeth's Hospital in Washington, DC.