Program Faculty

Karen M. Lockwood

Managing Director
The Lockwood Group, LLC.

A former partner at Howrey LLP with 31 years of trial and federal appeals practice, Karen founded The Lockwood Group, LLP in 2009 to help professional service firms and corporations by increasing client value while leveraging diverse talent and adapting to 21st century economics.

The Lockwood Group, LLC advises clients on diversity through original research, strategic planning, group facilitation, and presentations in multiple venues where actions affect the careers of professional women and other diverse professionals. As a trial lawyer and recent law firm partner, Karen brings experience that uniquely suits her to recognizing and solving the issues that professional services firms confront. Her research and consulting focuses on cracking the code of business systems and structures to more evenly cultivate, incorporate, and advance the talents of all professionals in the organization. This business practices approach cuts across the core values of diversity, creativity, client responsiveness, client value, billing practices, and broader business models in a way that helps firms to retain and advance all professionals -- those impacted by their diversity, and those not -- effectively and evenly.

Committed to inclusiveness and the power of all professionals not only to realize their full potential, but also to earn the acknowledgement of their companies and firms, Karen has furthered these principles throughout her career practicing law. At Howrey, she served as Global Co-Chair of the Women's Leadership Initiative, expanding the missions and activities of the group. As President of the DC Women's Bar Association in 2005-06, Karen conceived the WBA Initiative on Advancement and Retention of Women to bring stakeholders into intensive exchange analyzing why the best practices were not good enough and what to do about it. Earning the attention of The New York Times, the Initiative published its findings in Creating Pathways To Success (May 2005) (, and continues as a model of collaborative change-making.

Ms. Lockwood is an ABA Delegate for the DC Bar, is Liaison with the ABA Commission on Women in the Profession, and serves on the Editorial Board of Perspectives Magazine. She is a Consultant with PAR and participant in the inaugural UT Center For Women Summit. Karen teaches trial skills as director for the DC NITA Intensive Trial Skills program, and in other NITA training programs. She continues her work as an arbitral judge with the AAA Panel of Neutrals. Winner of the outstanding graduate awards at The College of Wooster, and at American University's Washington College of Law, Karen has numerous awards for her leadership and voice on women in the law, many media appearances, and is a frequent speaker at corporate, industry, and bar conferences.