Karen is a partner at Connolly Gallagher LLP, where she practices in the fields of commercial bankruptcy, and provides various types of opinions for securitized transactions that occur throughout the country. Before becoming one of the founding partners of Connolly Gallagher LLP over six years ago, Karen practiced law at Connolly Bove Lodge & Hutz LLP for 15 years, where she became partner and was a member on the Management Committee. Prior to that, Karen started her law career by practicing law at Richards Layton & Finger LLP for approximately 2 ½ years. She graduated in 1994 with a J.D. from William & Mary Law School, and in 1991, she graduated with a B.A. from North Carolina State University.
Karen currently chairs the Diversity and Inclusion Committee at Connolly Gallagher LLP, and is a member on the Nominating Committee for the Bankruptcy Section of the Delaware State Bar Association. Karen is also a member of the American Bar Association, the American Bankruptcy Institute, and the International Women’s Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation. Karen is and has been a member of the Board for the Diamond State Port Corporation (the Port of Wilmington) for over 10 years, and currently serves as a member on the Board of Trustees for Ursuline Academy, and on the Board for Sacred Heart Housing, Inc., which is part of The Ministry of Caring, Inc. community.
Karen currently coaches Ursuline Academy’s high school mock trial team, and has been coaching mock trial for the past 21 years. Additionally, Karen has helped as an assistant coach for various local cross country and running grade school programs.
Karen was born and raised in Racine, Wisconsin, and has been living in Wilmington, DE for the past 24 years. Karen’s husband is Connor Bifferato, who is also an attorney in Wilmington, DE and an alumnus of Ursuline Academy, and together, they have three children; Lilliana (18), Rocco (16), and Gianni (13).