Karen N. Shapiro | Bethesda Magazine

Women in Business Profiles


Karen N. Shapiro

Principal, Stein Sperling Bennett De Jong Driscoll PC

1101 Wootton Parkway, Suite 700

Rockville, MD





Karen Shapiro brings to her clients a wealth of experience that guides them through an often complex business decision-making process. Whether they seek assistance with buying or selling businesses, raising capital, negotiating commercial contracts, or handling business disputes, Karen’s realistic, detail-oriented approach helps them achieve their goals.

Q: What’s changed for women in business over your career?

A: When I first started practicing in 2001, there were few female attorneys, particularly in business law. I am happy to see how much that has changed. At Stein Sperling, we have added many women attorneys including Partners over the years. I’ve seen that shift in other firms as well. In the past year, I worked on two major business transactions where lead counsel on the other side was also a woman—I love that.

Q: What’s the best advice you’ve received and how has it helped you?

A: To go to business school. My undergraduate degree is in Business Management and I have an MBA in addition to my JD. I’ve also worked in various businesses since I was 14. That education and experience has given me the strategic and operational acumen of a business owner, in addition to my legal skills. That has proven to be very useful in my practice.

Q: Why do you do what you do? What motivates and inspires you?

A: I enjoy helping people achieve their goals. I love working with clients to help them protect and grow their businesses and to plan for “what’s next.” Every business has its unique set of challenges and every business owner has her/his particular vision for what they want the next chapter to be. My role is to listen to that vision and to work closely with my client to prepare for and implement their strategic plans.

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