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

Karen E. Silverman

San Francisco
  • 505 Montgomery Street
  • Suite 2000
  • San Francisco, CA 94111-6538
  • USA

Karen Silverman is a leading advisor on the antitrust regulatory aspects of strategic M&A transactions and emerging issues related to the business applications of artificial intelligence and other frontier technologies. 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’s Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution (WEF C4IR), 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 she has served on the Executive Committee of the California State Bar Antitrust Section. She frequently speaks and writes on a wide range of topics.

Ms. Silverman currently serves on the boards and strategic planning committees of Legal Momentum, Not For Sale, and SparkSF, and on the Executive Leadership Team for the American Heart Association’s SF Go Red for Women campaign. She is active with the Bay Area Council.

Ms. Silverman’s representative clients include:

  • Airbnb
  • Allergan
  • Avery Dennison
  • Cerner Corporation
  • Conceptus
  • Cognizant Technology Solutions
  • Columbus McKinnon Corporation (CMCO)
  • Cree
  • Globe Specialty Metals
  • Illinois Tool Works
  • Intuit
  • Kythera Biopharmaceuticals
  • Live Nation
  • LogMeIn
  • Lucasfilm
  • Lundbeck
  • Oracle
  • Seamless
  • Talenti Gelato
  • Ulthera
  • Warner Bros.
  • Yahoo!
  • Zipcar
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