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Karen Hollett

Clar Dwyer


Karen Hollett is a lawyer, investigator, mediator and arbitrator with over 20 years experience across a range of disciplines.

After starting with a private law firm with a broad litigation practice, she worked for the Newfoundland and Labrador Nurses' Union in labour relations where, for ten years, she was involved in mediations, arbitrations, and practiced before various other administrative tribunals. In 2003 she joined Memorial University as Associate Director and then Director of Faculty Relations. In this capacity, she was responsible for the negotiation and administration of the collective agreement with the university's unionized faculty members.  She moved into the position of General Counsel to the University in 2008. In that role she was responsible for overseeing  legal services for the largest university in Atlantic Canada and practiced in a wide variety of areas.

Karen has a Master of Laws in Alternative Dispute Resolution from Osgoode Hall Law School (2011) and has completed the Advanced Program in Alternative Dispute Resolution presented by the University of Windsor, Faculty of Law/Stitt Feld Handy Houston, Toronto. She also has a Bachelor of Arts from Memorial (1988) and a Bachelor of Laws from Dalhousie (1991).

She is the Chair of the Canadian Bar Association's ADR section in NL and represents the province on the national executive. Karen has been appointed as a roster mediator for the Supreme Court of Newfoundland, TrIal Division. She is a practicing insured member of the Bar Association of Nova Scotia.