Karen E. Hennessey
Karen Hennessey is a partner in Gowling WLG's Ottawa office and leader of the firm's Canadian Corporate Practice 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 who handles their day-to-day legal needs, as well 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.
Karen’s expertise in corporate law is recognized by Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory 2018 in three separate categories: Corporate Commercial, Corporate Mid-Market and Mergers & Acquisitions.
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, she 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.
In April 2018, Karen was named "Businesswoman of the Year" in the Professional Category by the Women’s Business Network in Ottawa as a recognition of her business acumen, outstanding leadership and community engagement.
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.