Karen O’Brien is General Counsel to Jefferson Consulting Group. In this role she is responsible for all legal matters for the company.  Karen is a seasoned government contracts attorney and recognized expert on procurement law. Prior to joining Jefferson in 2005, Karen was with the firm of McCarthy, Sweeney and Harkaway, P.C. where she practiced in the area of government contract law, including contract administration matters, claims, disputes and bid protests. Prior to that, Karen managed the Government Contracts publications program of the George Washington University Law School. Karen began her career as a procurement law attorney in the Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps.

Karen is an author on key texts in the field of government contracting, including The Government Contracts Reference Book and Competitive Negotiation: The Source Selection Process (published by CCH Publishing).

Karen received a Juris Doctor from the Vermont Law School and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Niagara University.