Karen Chen loves talking to strangers and learning their stories.
As a former journalist, Karen brings a deep sense of curiosity and compassion to her cases. She supports construction industry unions with all their labour board matters and fights against employers that try to silence workers’ voices. You can often find her on the phone, talking to organizers about their efforts to unionize a workplace or calling members across the province to figure out exactly how certain construction tasks are performed. She also represents employees in the grievance process, handling human rights and sexual harassment cases with sensitivity while pushing firmly for justice.
Karen attended law school at the University of Toronto after working as a radio producer and newspaper reporter and winning awards for her stories on workplace safety and human trafficking. At law school, she advocated for refugee rights as an Asper Centre for Constitutional Rights working group leader and as a caseworker at the Downtown Legal Services Clinic. She is proud to have been part of the winning Wilson Constitutional Law Moot team, and to have organized conferences on access to justice and the rule of law at Massey College. Karen joined Goldblatt Partners after summering and articling at the firm.
Outside of work, you might catch Karen singing karaoke or talking back to podcasts.