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Karen Cottle



Karen is a senior counsel in Sidley’s Corporate Governance and Executive Compensation group, located in the firm’s Palo Alto office. Prior to joining Sidley, she was senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary of Adobe Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: ADBE), for 10 years. Karen brings her years of on-the-ground experience to the legal issues that are of most concern to management and in-house lawyers at global technology and other growth companies.

As a member of Adobe’s senior management team, Karen was involved in all aspects of the company’s business and managed the global legal function with responsibility for all matters including corporate governance, securities, M&A, compliance, intellectual property, licensing, product support, litigation, public policy, privacy and anti-piracy enforcement.

In 2012 Karen received Corporate Board Member Magazine’s Top General Counsel Award and a Transformative Leadership Award from Inside Counsel magazine.

Karen served as law clerk to the Honorable Spencer Williams, United States District Court, Northern District of California.