Karen E. Silverman

  • Partner
  • Ekaren.silverman@lw.com
  • 505 Montgomery Street
  • Suite 2000
  • San Francisco, CA 94111-6538
  • USA
  • T +1.415.395.8232


Karen Silverman is a leading attorney advising on emerging legal and governance issues arising from the business applications of AI and related technologies, as well as the antitrust regulatory aspects of strategic M&A transactions. She draws on more than 25 years of practice and management experience to help clients navigate complex transactions, global regulatory environments, antitrust litigation, and government enforcement matters.

Ms. Silverman advises technology, consumer products, media and entertainment, healthcare, and retail clients. She combines creative, strategic, and forward-looking insights to serve clients’ business objectives.

With a sophisticated understanding of deal-related antitrust issues and litigation, Ms. Silverman is well-positioned to address new legal trends for clients. She is leading Latham’s partnership with the World Economic Forum and its work on a Board Toolkit for Artificial Intelligence, and related thought leadership projects. She has received a certificate in Artificial Intelligence: Implications for Business Strategy from MIT Sloan/MIT CSAIL.


Ms. Silverman has a long history of management experience, including as former Office Managing Partner of the San Francisco office, former Co-Chair of the firm’s Information Technology - Systems & Solutions Industry Group, and in other roles.

She is a member of IEEE, a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, 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. She frequently speaks and writes on a wide range of topics, including at:

  • Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
  • CogX
  • The Aspen Institute Tech Fellows Program
  • The NSF/Georgia Tech Workshop on Fairness, Ethics, Accountability and Transparency
  • Berkeley Law
  • The ABA
  • Practising Law Institute
  • National Judicial College
  • GCR
  • WorldWebForum
  • Women Corporate Directors

Ms. Silverman currently serves on the boards and strategic planning committees of Legal Momentum, Not For Sale, and the American AI Forum, and on the Executive Leadership Team for the American Heart Association’s SF Go Red for Women campaign. She is a member of the International Women’s Forum and Nationswell.


Thought Leadership

  • Annual HSR Threshold Adjustments Announced -  January 29, 2020
  • Antitrust Intelligence: Six Tips for Talking to AI Developers about Antitrust -  November 01, 2019
  • Reflecting on Self-Reflection: FTC Discusses Merger Retrospectives and Global Coordination -  April 22, 2019
  • Annual HSR Threshold Adjustments Announced -  February 19, 2019
  • FTC Hearings Discuss the State of Data Security in the 21st Century -  December 18, 2018
  • FTC Hearings Evaluate Enforcement Options for Minority Investments  -  December 11, 2018
  • Deep Dive on Deep Learning: FTC Considers Artificial Intelligence  -  November 20, 2018
  • FTC Hearing Evaluates Regulatory Oversight of Big Data and Privacy -  November 14, 2018
  • FTC Hearings Consider Pushing Boundaries of Merger Enforcement  -  November 07, 2018
  • FTC Hearing Considers Collusive, Exclusionary, and Predatory Conduct on Digital Platforms -  October 22, 2018
  • FTC Hearing Reconsiders the Consumer Welfare Standard and Labor Markets -  September 26, 2018
  • FTC Opens Doors and Minds to New Approaches for Competition and Consumer Protection in the 21st Century -  September 17, 2018
  • Annual HSR Threshold Adjustments Announced -  January 29, 2018
  • DOJ Files Unusual Suit to Unwind a Consummated Merger: 3 Lessons -  September 29, 2017
  • Annual HSR Threshold Adjustments Announced -  January 20, 2017
  • DOJ Suit Against ValueAct Shines Spotlight on HSR Requirements for Shareholder Activists -  April 14, 2016
  • Annual HSR Threshold Adjustments Announced -  January 21, 2016
  • FTC Limits Investment Rental Property Exemption -  July 29, 2015
  • FTC Takes Hard Line on Premerger Filing Requirements -  June 26, 2013
  • IT Byte, Issue 2, July 2012 -  July 23, 2012
  • IT Byte, Issue 1, September 2011 -  September 12, 2011
  • Amendments to the Hart-Scott-Rodino Notification Requirements -  July 7, 2011
  • International Cartel Defence - Strategic Choices for Companies -  2006/2007
Interviewees highlight her deep industry knowledge and particular strength in IT-related matters and say that she is “fantastic at what she does.” She is particularly recognized for her antitrust expertise in the healthcare sector, while also handling matters involving areas such as technology and distribution. She is a strong choice of counsel for cross-border merger clearances.Chambers USA 2006-2019
Bar Qualification
  • California
  • Executive Program in Artificial Intelligence: Implications for Business Strategy, Massachusetts Institute of Technology - Sloan School of Management, 2019
  • JD, University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, 1988
  • BA, Wellesley College, 1985
  • Healthcare Services & Providers
  • Information Technology – Systems & Solutions
  • Retail & Consumer Products
  • Internet & Digital Media
  • Antitrust & Competition
  • Litigation & Trial Practice