Karen Y. Bitar is a partner in the Litigation Department of Seyfarth Shaw LLP, and is national Co-Chair of the firm’s White Collar, Internal Investigations and False Claims Team. Ms. Bitar began her legal career as an Assistant District Attorney in the Office of the District Attorney in Kings County, New York, where she served in the Investigation Bureau, routinely handled sex crimes and violent felony offenses and concluded her tenure as an Assistant District Attorney in the Homicide Bureau.
As national Co-Chair of the Internal Investigations group, Ms. Bitar utilizes her prosecutorial experience to investigate a diverse array of issues in public and private companies of every type. These include allegations of sexual harassment, whistleblower claims, employee theft and other wrongdoing, negligent retention and supervision, and age and gender based discrimination.
A founding member of Seyfarth’s Title IX Team, Ms. Bitar investigates and counsels on Title IX compliance, and similar state and local laws at both the university and secondary school levels. She has spoken nationally and is often quoted in the National Press on recent high-profile Title IX and related matters. She also routinely advises and defends universities and secondary schools with respect to employment litigation and other matters.
Ms. Bitar’s Securities and White Collar practice focuses on investigating accounting and financial fraud, shareholder actions, securities fraud litigation, securities class action defense, and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) compliance. For the fourteen years prior to joining Seyfarth, she was national co-chair of securities litigation for a large multinational law firm.
Ms. Bitar has represented several national and international accounting firms in defending complex accounting liability and investor class action suits alleging violations of Federal Securities Laws, and related state law claims. Ms. Bitar also served as Assistant General Counsel at Ernst & Young LLP. Ms. Bitar has been a frequent commentator on COURT TV and Fox TV.
Ms. Bitar is regularly retained for her trial experience. She has tried approximately 40 cases in both state and federal courts, mostly to a jury, and has broad experience in insider trading and financial fraud matters, application of Generally Accepted Auditing Standards (GAAS) and Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), accounting malpractice and accounting restatements and irregularities.
- J.D., Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law
- A.B., Political Philosophy, Vassar College
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