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Karen E. Hennessey
Partner, Head - Corporate Commercial Group

Speaks: English

Year of Call: 2005 - Ontario

Primary Office: Ottawa

Karen E. Hennessey

Karen Hennessey is a partner in Gowling WLG's Ottawa office and leader of the firm’s Corporate Commercial Group.

Karen regularly provides advice to clients with respect to structuring, organizing and reorganizing their business and in planning for and implementing the client’s growth (or exit) strategies through M&A transactions. Karen’s clients appreciate her practical approach to legal service delivery and rely on her to be a trusted adviser to handle their day-to-day legal needs, and to also act as a “legal quarterback,” managing and coordinating the work of specialists when needed. She also acts as outside general counsel for a number of public and private sector entities. Her practice covers a wide range of industries, and she works with companies of all sizes, including startups and owner-operated and family-run businesses, as well as large national and multi-national corporations. 

In recognition of her steadfast dedication to clients, in-depth legal expertise and longstanding involvement with local charity groups, Karen was recognized as one of Lexpert’s “Rising Stars: Leading Lawyers Under 40” in 2015. In spring 2014, Karen was also recognized by the Ottawa Business Journal and the Ottawa Chamber of Commerce as a Forty Under 40 award winner for her notable accomplishments as a leader in business and the community.

Karen is very active in the Ottawa community. She is currently a board member of the Ottawa Ronald McDonald House and the Hnatyshyn Foundation. She is also an active member of the City View Curling Club and served on the Club's board of directors from 2006-2008. She also served on the board of directors of the Christmas Cheer Foundation from 2010 to 2015 and on the board of directors of H'Art of Ottawa from 2007 to 2009.


“Across our firm, Karen is known as a talented, hard-working business lawyer who has a deep understanding of her clients’ challenges and plays a critical role in their success.”
Scott Jolliffe, Gowlings chair and CEO, November 2015

December2015

Lexpert’s “Rising Stars: Leading Lawyers Under 40"

October2014

Hnatyshyn Foundation, Corporate Secretary and Board Member

July2014

Ottawa Business Journal/Ottawa Chamber of Commerce Forty Under 40 Award winner

Featured client work

SOCAN acquires MediaNet

ClientWork May 9, 2016

Featured insights & resources

On-demand seminar: Going International — Canada

Karen E. Hennessey, Scott Jolliffe

Videos March 7, 2017

New record-keeping requirements for Ontario land owners

Karen E. Hennessey, Jodey Therriault

Articles November 16, 2016

Memberships

Career & Recognition

2015

December 2015

Lexpert’s “Rising Stars: Leading Lawyers Under 40"

2014

October 2014

Hnatyshyn Foundation, Corporate Secretary and Board Member

2014

July 2014

Ottawa Business Journal/Ottawa Chamber of Commerce Forty Under 40 Award winner

2013

November 2013

Ronald McDonald House, Ottawa, Board Member

2010

November 2010

Christmas Cheer Foundation, Corporate Secretary and Board Member

November 2010 - November 2015

2007

October 2007

H'Art of Ottawa, Board Member

October 2007 - December 2009

2006

2006

City View Curling Club, Board of Directors

2006 - 2008

2005

2005

Year of Call, Ontario

2004

2004

University of Windsor, LLB

2001

2001

Carleton University, BA, Psychology

2000

2000

Seneca College (Court and Tribunal Agent Diploma)

1998

1998

Carleton University, BA, Hons., Sociology and Law

Karen Hennessey
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Karen Hennessey

Karen Hennessey is a partner in Gowling WLG's Ottawa office...

Karen Hennessey
Featured insights & resources

On-demand seminar: Going International — Canada

Karen E. Hennessey, Scott Jolliffe

Article March 7, 2017

Memberships

Insights & Resources

On-demand seminar: Going International — Canada

Karen E. Hennessey, Scott Jolliffe

Article March 7, 2017

Amendments to Ontario’s corporate record-keeping requirements and forfeited property rules: What lenders should know for their corporate borrowers

Karen E. Hennessey, Jodey Therriault

Article December 15, 2016

New record-keeping requirements for Ontario land owners

Karen E. Hennessey, Jodey Therriault

Article November 16, 2016

Karen Hennessey
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Karen Hennessey

Karen Hennessey is a partner in Gowling WLG's Ottawa office...

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Speaking Engagements

Client Work

SOCAN acquires MediaNet

Client Work May 9, 2016

Karen Hennessey
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Karen Hennessey

Karen Hennessey is a partner in Gowling WLG's Ottawa office...

Karen Hennessey
Featured insights & resources

On-demand seminar: Going International — Canada

Karen E. Hennessey, Scott Jolliffe

Article March 7, 2017

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