Karen L. Bashor Partner




Karen Bashor has significant litigation and trial experience with complex litigation, large transportation claims and catastrophic injury defense. She has successfully handled civil and criminal jury trials in state and federal court in Nevada and New Jersey. Prior to joining Wilson Elser, Karen was the first woman partner and first minority partner at a prominent Las Vegas law firm where she routinely handled large cases involving multimillion-dollar claims, including punitive damages, fraud and wrongful death. She has vigorously defended small and large companies and individuals across the nation. Karen also handled complex litigation in the area of medical malpractice involving individuals and facilities while at another large Nevada law firm, and has experience handling other civil litigation matters, including commercial litigation, premises liability and employment law.

At Wilson Elser, Karen’s practice has focused on crisis management and defending clients in catastrophic and high-exposure mass casualty events in virtually all areas, including mass shootings, products liability, health care, explosions and transportation accidents. Karen also has been engaged as monitoring counsel on behalf of insurers for these types of cases.  She also defends other complex litigation and high-exposure matters involving civil rights claims, medical malpractice claims, technology companies, transportation companies, cannabis, aviation, and premises liability for hotels and casinos, various national restaurants and national retail establishments.

Karen has spoken at various events and published articles in the local Nevada Lawyer magazine and the national industry-leading magazine Claims Litigation Management. This includes co-authoring (with Texas partner Stratton Horres)  “Defending Billion-Dollar Claims: Nine Best Practices for 10-Figure Losses” for the August 2021 issue of CLM

Karen began her law career in New Jersey, where she gained valuable litigation experience at a small civil litigation firm and then honed her trial skills while an Assistant Deputy Public Defender for the Adult Trial Division at the New Jersey Office of the Public Defender in Essex County. While there, Karen handled a large caseload and managed the criminal defense of hundreds of individuals, providing constitutionally mandated legal representation for adults charged with felonies from pre-indictment to trial. Karen successfully handled a number of jury trials and obtained acquittals for clients, including those facing life imprisonment.

During law school, Karen worked with the Center for Social Justice and gained valuable experience clerking for the Honorable Marie P. Simonelli, now with the Appellate Division of the Superior Court of New Jersey.

Karen is a proud member of Wilson Elser’s initiative dedicated to Women Attorneys Valued & Empowered (WAVE) and serves as the Las Vegas regional representative to the WAVE committee and its subcommittees to organize national programs and guide the firm’s mentorship program.

Karen is an active and well-respected member of the local legal community. Karen is a former Board Member of the Southern Nevada Association of Women Attorneys. She is also a pro bono volunteer with the Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada. In 2019 the Nevada Supreme Court extend an invitation to Karen to a three-year appointment to the state Bench-Bar Committee, which she was honored to accept.