Karen A. Mullin

  • Chief General Counsel and Director of Technology Development
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Karen A. Mullin joined Forsyth in August of 2011 as Chief General Counsel and Director of Technology Development. She is responsible for all legal matters involving The Forsyth Institute including contracts, compliance, intellectual property, personnel, litigation, and other relevant issues. She is also responsible for the management of Forsyth’s technology transfer enterprise, collaborations with industry, and conflict of interest oversight.

Prior to her employment at Forsyth,  Mullin worked for eleven years as Senior Research Counsel at Boston University Medical Campus with responsibility for negotiating all research agreements, clinical trial agreements, material transfer agreements and other collaboration agreements with pharmaceutical and medical device companies, as well as managing such relationships with industry on the medical campus.  Mullin also has over eight years of litigation experience, specializing in medical and legal malpractice defense. She was a law clerk to the chief justice of the Pennsylvania Superior Court. 

 Mullin is a frequent speaker at professional conferences on legal issues involving clinical and academic research and technology transfer and the author of an article entitled “Legal Risks of Conducting Clinical Studies, An Academic Site Perspective.” She is an active member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys, a national organization for higher education attorneys. She is a member of the Massachusetts, Pennsylvania and District of Columbia bars. She holds a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and a LL.M in International Business Law from the University of London. 

Mullin lives in Boston’s South End neighborhood with her husband and two sons and is a member of the Board of Trustees of the South End Community Health Center and the Friends of Ringgold Park.