KAREN G. CRUTCHFIELD is a Member in the Knoxville, Tennessee office of the Firm, joining in October 2013. Her law practice focuses on the defense of general civil litigation for businesses and employers, including contracts, construction, premises liability, products liability, professional liability, environmental and workers compensation claims. Karen received a B.S. in Communications from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and a MSW with emphasis in Economic Development and Policy from Washington University in St. Louis. She received her Doctor of Jurisprudence from the University of Tennessee College of Law in 1994. Karen is listed in the Best Lawyers of America® in the area of Workers' Compensation Law-Employers, and was named 2018 Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers for Workers' Compensation Law-Employers, Knoxville. She was selected to participate as a delegate to the OECD-NEA Nuclear Law Program in October of 2013, received the ETLAW Spirit of Justice Award in 2014, and has received the Tennessee Supreme Court Attorney for Justice Award from 2014-2017. In 2016, she was named to The Fellows of the American Bar Association, which admits only 1% of U.S. lawyers to its ranks. Karen is President of the Tennessee Lawyers Association for Women 2017-2018, currently serves on the Anderson County Economic Development Board, and is also an active member of other legal, professional and community organizations.