Karine Sarkisian Associate
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Karine focuses her practice on complex civil litigation arising from professional liability, commercial disputes, director and officer disputes, personal injury and employment disputes. Karine defends clients ranging from medical professionals and healthcare systems, to insurance companies, businesses, corporate officers or directors and employers. Her diverse background allows her to continuously develop a unique perspective and approach to problem solving. Karine is committed to understanding the needs of her clients to best offer solutions that fit their individual objectives - may it be early resolution or advocating through trial.
Karine has successfully defended numerous matters from initiation to dismissal, and affirmation at the appellate level, of constitutional 42 U.S.C. § 1983 claims of deliberate indifference in the medical context. She further defends healthcare practitioners and various health systems in actions based on allegations of medical negligence and malpractice and premises liability personal injury complaints. Beyond her work in healthcare defense, Karine defends employers in lawsuits brought by current or former employees and against charges of discrimination before the Delaware Department of Labor and the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
Karine further represents businesses, officers and directors in matters related to corporate governance, shareholder rights and contractual disputes. These matters require complex analysis of nuanced issues and productive communication and cooperation with clients. Through her extensive legal experience, Karine has appeared before the majority of courts in the State of Delaware including the Court of Common Pleas, Family Court, Superior Court, Court of Chancery, the District Court of State of Delaware as well as the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
Prior to joining White and Williams, Karine worked as a domestic practitioner handling various matters related to family law, through which she gained extensive experience handling a high volume of sensitive matters. Prior to practicing law, Karine served as a Judicial Law Clerk for the Honorable Judge Jeffrey J. Clark of Superior Court in Kent County, Delaware after graduating law school. Throughout her clerkship, Karine was exposed to a variety of litigation including civil disputes, employment discrimination, appeals of agency decisions, and felony level criminal prosecutions – giving her an inside perspective of how the Delaware Courts operate and function.
• Defense of directors and officers in lawsuits brought by stockholders alleging breach of fiduciary duties and a myriad of business torts claims including tortious interference with business relations, tortious interference with contract, civil conspiracy, and unjust enrichment
• Defense of a hospital in a medical negligence action involving death of a patient after a routine elective procedure
• Numerous dismissals through dispositive motion practice of 42 U.S.C. § 1983 claims involving allegations of inadequate medical treatment provided inmates. Several of these dismissals were affirmed by the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.
• Successful mediation of premises liability actions with a favorable settlement for the client
• Numerous no cause findings for charges of discrimination against various employers, resulting in dismissal of the charge
Recognition & Involvement
Since her Judicial Clerkship, Karine has been involved as a volunteer actress for the bi-annual original musical productions written and produced by the Retired Honorable Robert B. Young of the Superior Court of Delaware. These productions are comprised of the legal community, from the bench, to the bar, and legal support staff. They are for the benefit of the Combined Campaign for Justice, where all proceeds of the production are donated for the representation of indigent clients.
Karine additionally volunteers as a judge for the annual mock trial competition at the high school level in Delaware.
Karine is a member of the Women and the Law, Young Lawyers, and Multicultural Judges and Lawyers sections of the Delaware Bar Association.
Bar and Court Admissions
District Court for the District of Delaware
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
Villanova University School of Law, JD, cum laude, 2015
University of Delaware, Honors BS, 2012
Delaware Bar Association