Karin B. Torgerson is of counsel in Locke Lord’s Electronically Stored Information (“ESI”) & E-Discovery Practice Group. In this role, she regularly consults with clients and attorney on preservation, collection, review, production, and presentation issues in a variety of cases, from large, complex commercial litigation, to significant individual personal injury and labor and employment matters.
Working closely with our Litigation Support & E-Discovery team members, Karin is dedicated to managing ESI and E-Discovery issues for clients across the nation. Karin’s practiced is based on her 20 years of experience as a trial lawyer in the Firm’s Litigation Department.
Karin has defended significant personal injury, wrongful death, and products liability claims, as well as qui tam and false claims litigation brought by State Attorneys General and others.
She has served as lead trial counsel for a Texas-based natural gas utility on multiple wrongful death and significant personal injury claims resulting from explosions and other natural gas-related incidents and has defended international pharmaceutical companies from Medicaid Fraud allegations.
Karin’s practice includes class action and multi-district litigation matters. She also has experience in investigations, including Sarbanes-Oxley investigations, and gaming license applications.
Following her graduation from the University of Texas School of Law in 1995, Karin began her legal career as an Associate with the Firm in October of 1995. Shortly after being elected to the partnership in 2003, she resigned to accept a commissioned officer position in The White House as Special Assistant to President George W. Bush.
She held several positions in The White House over her two years there, first in the Staff Secretary’s Office and later in the President’s volunteer service initiative, USA Freedom Corps. Karin returned to Texas, the Firm, and partnership, in May of 2005.
She currently serves on the Firm’s Lateral Hiring Committee, the Law School Recruiting Coordinating Committee, the Litigation Support Committee, the Paralegal Committee, and the Firm’s Women’s Initiative.
Karin is a loyal contributor to the University of Texas at Austin, the United Way, and the North Texas Food Bank, among other charities. A beginning art collector, she is also a longtime supporter of the area’s major art museums.
Representative Experience :
- Medicaid Fraud and False Claim Litigation – Karin has represented international pharmaceutical companies in defense of Medicaid Fraud claims and False Claims litigation, including allegations relating to Average Wholesale Price, Best Price, and Wholesale Acquisition Cost. She has been actively involved in this litigation across the country, including claims brought by the States of Texas, Florida, California, New York, Hawaii, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Missouri, Kansas, Kentucky, Mississippi, and Oklahoma.
- Representation of Natural Gas Utility in Franchise Tax Litigation – Karin defended class action claims brought on behalf of various municipalities in South Texas against a natural gas utility seeking to recover franchise taxes and other claimed damages for natural gas transported by the gas company through the municipalities.
- Other Representative Engagements – Not all of Karin’s practice is in the courtroom. Karin has conducted a Sarbanes-Oxley investigation for a nationwide retailer and has assisted in acquiring gaming licenses for members of a private equity fund in their acquisition of nationwide casino chain.
- Partner, Locke Lord LLP (May 2005 – Present)
- Special Assistant to the President, Executive Office of the President, The White House
- Director of Legal Affairs and Policy Administration, USA Freedom Corps (March 2004 – September 2004)
- Associate Staff Secretary, The White House (March 2003 – March 2004)
- Associate and Partner, Locke Purnell Rain Harrell and Locke Liddell & Sapp LLP (October 1995 – March 2003)
Professional Affiliations :
- Member, State Bar of Texas
- Member, District of Columbia Bar
- Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation
- Member, Dallas Bar Association
- Fellow, Dallas Bar Foundation
- Member, Dallas Association of Young Lawyers
- Co-Chair, Legal Ethics and Professionalism Committee (1996 – 1998)
- J.D., The University of Texas School of Law, 1995
- B.A., Plan II Honors Program, The University of Texas at Austin, 1992
- Texas, 1995
- District of Columbia, 2004
- U.S. Supreme Court
Admitted To Practice :
- U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
- U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
- U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas
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