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Karen J. Ward

Of Counsel

(202) 797-8700
Email Address


Washington D.C.

About Karen

Karen Ward’s practice covers a broad range of subjects related to employee benefit plan design and implementation. Specifically, she handles tax qualification, health plan design and related issues, plan administration, claims and appeals processing, domestic relations, and fiduciary responsibility. She has extensive experience advising clients regarding plan mergers, negotiating provider and investment contracts, drafting plan documents and policies, and counseling clients on how to stay in compliance with ERISA and the Internal Revenue Code.

Ms. Ward is an experienced litigator and appellate advocate. Her accomplishments include six years as an attorney with the Appellate Court Branch of the National Labor Relations Board, where she represented the NLRB in United States Courts of Appeal. Following this experience, and before joining Slevin & Hart, P.C., Ms. Ward worked in private practice, concentrating in labor and employee benefit matters.

Ms. Ward is a graduate of the University of Chicago Law School, where she was awarded the Beale Prize for legal writing. She received a bachelor’s degree from Northeastern Illinois University.

She is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia and before the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, as well as the United States Courts of Appeal for the District of Columbia and the Fourth Circuit.

Bar Admissions

District of Columbia


University of Chicago Law School, J.D., 1980
Northeastern Illinois University, B.A., 1976