Karen J. O'Brien


New York
t: 212.820.9473
f: 212.514.8425

Karen J. O'Brien
Karen has extensive experience drafting the underlying financing and disclosure documents. She represents clients as bond counsel, underwriters’ counsel and disclosure counsel in a wide variety of public finance transactions.

Karen’s practice includes general obligation and revenue bond financings, primarily focused on transportation, as well as higher education, housing and cultural institutions.  Karen takes pride in her ability to work as a team with her colleagues at Hawkins to provide the best advice to her clients.  In addition, she enjoys working with issuers, underwriters, other counsel and financial advisors on the many bond financings in which she has participated.




  • Cornell University, B.A.
  • Boston University School of Law, J.D.

Bar Admissions

  • New York
  • Connecticut
  • Massachusetts