Successful representation of a research scientist who retained the firm after receiving a negative result during the scientific misconduct process that was confirmed by the university’s vice president in charge of research. The scientist’s career was in jeopardy as the institution was planning to send the research misconduct finding against him to the federal government. By convincing the university to reverse its decision, Cohen Seglias preserved our client’s career.
After filing litigation, the Scientific Misconduct Group achieved a significant monetary settlement on behalf of a professor who was the subject of a seriously flawed research misconduct investigation conducted by his university. The amount of the settlement was three times higher than any other settlement to which the university was a party.
Successful defense of a research scientist against allegations of misconduct related to maintaining a registry of patients enrolled in a clinical study. The investigation concluded with a determination that our client had not engaged in research misconduct.
Karen focuses her practice on representing scientists who have been accused of committing research misconduct. Clients rely on Karen for guidance when they face allegations of plagiarism, fabrication, or falsification of data in the context of scientific research supported by federal funds. Her representation involves the preparation of written submissions on the client’s behalf, responding to allegations of research misconduct, and the preparation of comments to draft reports following formal inquiries and investigations conducted by universities, other institutions, and federal agencies.
Before joining Cohen Seglias, Karen was a partner in a Washington, DC law firm specializing in complex commercial litigation and served as assistant general counsel with the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. She was also an associate editor of The Tax Lawyer at Georgetown University Law Center.
Having grown up in Illinois, the Cubs remain my sentimental favorite sports team. I have fond memories of taking the train downtown with my Dad and three siblings every summer to see the Cubs. Even though I haven’t lived in Illinois for a long time, I will always “root, root, root for the Cubbies.”
What is your favorite vacation spot?
My favorite vacation spot is the beach. For me there is nothing more relaxing than the sand, the breeze and the ocean.
Do you have pets?
We have a white German Shepherd – the breed my husband grew up with in his family. I had never seen one before we got our first one (we are now on #2). They are very gentle and great with kids.