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IN MEMORIAM (1973-2024)

Karen Read

Senior Attorney in Kansas City

February 2, 2024: With heavy hearts, we announce the passing of Karen Read, who bravely battled cancer with unwavering determination. Karen's presence will be deeply missed by all who had the privilege of knowing her. For more details, please refer to Karen's obituary available here.

Karen Read has practiced in the field of civil litigation since 1998 and has represented defendants in a wide array of civil matters.  At Baker Sterchi, Karen concentrates her practice on general civil litigation, including insurance defense, insurance coverage, and commercial disputes. Karen also has experience defending claims and lawsuits involving product liability, negligence, contract disputes, toxic tort, construction defect, and employment discrimination.

Karen has practiced in both state and federal court in multiple jurisdictions, and has prepared briefing and arguments resulting in either the successful defeat of a wide range of claims, or the action in its entirety, at both the trial and appellate level. She has developed an in-depth knowledge on a variety of complex scientific, technical and engineering issues, including fire suppression systems and products, and the National Fire Protection Association Codes and Standards.


  • Missouri
  • Kansas
  • USDC, Western District of Missouri
  • USDC, District of Kansas


  • University of Missouri School of Law, J.D., 1998
    • Order of the Coif
    • Law Review editor
  • University of Missouri, B.J., magna cum laude, 1995

Memberships & Activities

  • IADC Trial Academy Graduate
  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers