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Karen Fontana Young

Karen Fontana Young is special counsel to the New Orleans office of Kean Miller and practices in the medical malpractice defense, healthcare, and commercial litigation groups. Karen’s practice involves the sophisticated representation of physicians and healthcare providers, including medical malpractice defense, peer review proceedings, privilege disputes, products liability, and general and complex contract negotiations. Karen has successfully represented clients on appeal before the Louisiana Fourth and Fifth Circuits.

Karen is listed in Louisiana Super Lawyers, 2012-2018, and has consistently been named by New Orleans Magazine as a Top Lawyer in the Greater New Orleans region. She was selected for inclusion into the 2011-2013 editions of the Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers and was recognized as a Charter Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America.


Karen received her B.A., magna cum laude, from Catholic University of America in 1990, finishing in three years while participating in the University Honors Program. She earned her J.D., magna cum laude, from Tulane University Law School in 1995, graduating fifth in her class. She was awarded Order of the Coif and served on the Tulane Law Review Senior Editorial Board.

Following law school, Karen served as Law Clerk to the Honorable Justice Walter F. Marcus, Jr. of the Louisiana Supreme Court.

  • Admitted, Louisiana, 1995; United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana; United States District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana; United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana
  • Member, New Orleans (Board of Directors, Young Lawyers Section, 1998), Louisiana State and American (Health Care Section) Bar Associations
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