Karen Michael is the President of Richmond-Virginia based KarenMichael, PLC, a work law & HR consulting firm founded in 2008.  The firm represents organizations of all sizes, State Agencies, Municipalities, Non-Profits, and Universities.  The firm specializes in:

  • Leadership, Management and Employee training
  • Title IX and 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 thorough workplace investigations into allegations of harassment, discrimination, workplace bullying and other forms of misconduct, including complex allegations.

Karen has been fully trained on the Title IX 2020 Regulations and regularly works with universities and colleges to assist with a variety of Title IX and other student and employment matters throught investigations, training and other assistance.

Karen is a former human resources executive and employment attorney with over 29 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. 

She is also the author of “Stay Hired,” an essential guide for those entering the workforce on how to successfully go to work.

In addition, Karen is regularly invited to speak at the EEOC Technical Seminars.  Her workplace harassment presentations were among the top ranked EEOC presentations nationally.