Karen E. Silverman is the Managing Partner of Latham’s San Francisco office and a member of the global Antitrust and Competition Practice. She handles antitrust representations of all types, including complex transactions, governmental and private enforcement matters, and litigation.
Ms. Silverman's practice encompasses global competition matters arising from transactions, alleged cartels, pricing and distribution issues, and consumer protection and privacy issues. She represents companies on strategic mergers, civil litigation and criminal enforcement matters, and provides day-to-day antitrust counseling to a broad range of clients. She has particular expertise in the high technology, biotechnology, consumer products, entertainment, media, health care and retail industries.
Before joining Latham, Ms. Silverman worked at the US Department of Justice Antitrust Division as Special Assistant to the Assistant Attorney General, and in the Foreign Commerce Section. In 1993, she returned to private practice, and to the Bay Area in 1996.
Ms. Silverman was recently named one of the "Most Influential Women in Bay Area Business" by the San Francisco Business Times. She was also named among the "Top 100 Lawyers in California" in 2009 by the Daily Journal, with the newspaper calling her "a corporate antitrust extraordinaire" who has advised on "a staggering number of huge deals." Additionally, she has been recognized as one of "California's Top Women Litigators" by the Daily Journal (2008-2013), as a leading California Antitrust attorney by Chambers USA (2006-2012) and also as one of "California's Leading Competition Practitioners" by Who's Who Legal: California (2007-2013).
She is a past Chair of the monopoly practices (Section 2) Committee of the ABA Antitrust Section and has served on the Executive Committee of the California State Bar Antitrust Section. Ms. Silverman is active in a variety of professional and other trade associations, speaks and writes on a wide range of antitrust topics and is a Lecturer at the Haas School of Business, University of California, Berkeley.