Karen B. Owens

Adjunct Professor

Karen B. Owens is a United States Bankruptcy Judge for the District of Delaware.  Before her appointment, Judge Owens was a director in the Bankruptcy and Insolvency group of Ashby & Geddes, P.A. where she maintained a diverse practice, representing corporate debtors, estate professionals, various secured and unsecured creditor constituencies, and other interested parties in reorganization and liquidation proceedings and bankruptcy-related litigation.  Prior to joining Ashby & Geddes, Judge Owens started her career at Skadden Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom as a corporate restructuring associate, and later went on to serve as a law clerk to Honorable Brendan Linehan Shannon of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware.

Judge Owens is an adjunct professor in the Bankruptcy L.L.M. Program at St. John’s University School of Law in New York.  She is also co-President of the Delaware Bankruptcy American Inn of Court, a member of the Board of Directors of the Philadelphia/Wilmington Chapter of the Turnaround Management Association, and member of the International Women’s Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation.

Judge Owens earned her law degree, summa cum laude, from American University, Washington College of Law, where she served as Associate Managing Editor for the American University Law Review and as Legal Intern to the Honorable Stephen S. Mitchell of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.  She earned her bachelor’s degree from Pennsylvania State University, University Park, where she was Phi Beta Kappa.