Karen Michael is the President of Richmond-Virginia based KarenMichael, PLC, a work law & HR consulting firm founded in 2008.  The firm specializes in:

  • Leadership, Management and Employee training
  • Workplace Investigations
  • Human Resources Consulting
  • Employment Law Advice

Karen is a sought after speaker, delivering training and keynote addresses to organizations throughout the country, including the public and private sector, non-profits, associations and large international corporations.

Karen also conducts objective and through workplace investigations into allegations of harassment, discrimination, workplace bullying and other forms of misconduct, including complex allegations.

Karen is a former human resources executive and employment attorney with over 25 years of experience in providing advice and training with clients.

Karen practiced law at McGuire Woods after graduating with honors from University of Richmond School of Law.  She then served as First Vice President of Human Resources at SunTrust Bank.

Karen also taught at University of Richmond’s School of Continuing Studies and regularly teaches at the Executive MBA Program at Virginia Commonwealth University. She was a founding professor for the University of Richmond Public Safety University, teaching public safety officials earning their undergraduate and graduate degrees.

Karen writes a weekly labor law column for the Richmond Times Dispatch Business section.  She regularly speaks at national and local events, including the national SHRM conference. 

In addition, Karen is regularly invited to speak at the EEOC Technical Seminars.  In 2018, she spoke in Raleigh, NC, Charlotte, NC and Norfolk, VA on the topic of workplace harassment for the EEOC.  Her presentations were among the top ranked EEOC presentations nationally.