Karen Sharp Halbert
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Ms. Halbert’s practice consists of corporate law, real estate transactions, cyber law, business transactions, a wide variety of complex business litigation including antitrust and data breach class actions. Her practice focuses on eDiscovery and technology. She is proficient with a variety of technologies associated with modern complex litigation including database management of documents and depositions, digital video testimony, and other electronic courtroom media.
Ms. Halbert successfully and very recently helped our client from China close a real estate transaction involving property, buildings and equipment for industrial use in the client’s garment manufacturing business. She has also handled cross border acquisitions for clients from China.
Ms. Halbert’s real estate experience includes land acquisitions and sales with multi-million dollars values. Some real estates have involved financing. Karen has experience representing borrowers (developers) in securing financing land projects.
Ms. Halbert has significant experience architecting and implementing complex e-discovery solutions. She developed an e-discovery management solution for an industry that was sued by the City of New York. The productions included databases and documents produced by the Federal Government, State of New York, and the City of New York, as well as data and documents available from the various members of the industry and other third parties. The system designed by Ms. Halbert managed millions of electronic records from the various sources as well as millions of paper documents. The solution provided access to all relevant information contained in any of the various productions based on criteria such as product serial number or product manufacturer.
Her expertise includes managing e-discovery vendors, coordinating collection of electronic data with Information Technology Departments, determining how to best process electronic data, as well as production of clients’ electronic evidence and emails.
Before entering law school, Ms. Halbert was Vice President of Development for an international software company where she was extensively involved in software development methodologies, database architecture, technology contract negotiations, and corporate management.
In April of 2008, Ms. Halbert was inducted into the Arkansas Academy of Computing. The Academy operates within the University of Arkansas’ College of Engineering’s Computer Science and Computer Engineering Department and recognizes people who have made significant and sustained contributions to the field of computing. Members are graduates of Arkansas’ educational institutions and/or performed a significant part of their work in the state of Arkansas.
Ms. Halbert is the recipient of the following honors:
- Arkansas Bar Association Presidential Award of Excellence, 2003
- Selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2016 in the fields of Electronic Discovery and Information Management Law.
- National Association of Women Business Owners Women Pioneer Award, 2006
- Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International Golden Advocate Award At Home on the Hill, 2007
- Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation International Golden Advocate Award Messenger Award, 2009