Karen Dahlberg O’Connell is a Staff Attorney for the United States Federal Trade Commission in the Northeast Regional Office in New York City. Since joining the FTC in 2009, Karen has participated in the investigation and litigation of consumer protection enforcement actions involving deceptive advertising of dietary supplements via affiliate marketers online, ROSCA violations, work at home scams, deceptive marketing of a medical discount plan, deceptive marketing of business development services, and unlawful debt collection.
Karen has delivered presentations and participated in panel discussions regarding a variety of consumer protection issues, including native advertising, influencer campaigns, cybersecurity, privacy, the unauthorized practice of immigration law, and identity theft.
Prior to joining the FTC, Karen worked as an Assistant Attorney General of the State of New York for four years, where she defended the state, state agencies, and state officers against various employment, civil rights, and constitutional claims.
Karen is a graduate of Tulane University and the University of Southern California Gould School of Law. After receiving her law degree, she practiced litigation at Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy LLP in New York City and at Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi LLP in Boston.