Karen Dickinson is the General Counsel of ZOLOZ (www.zoloz.com), a global biometric security company and affiliate of Ant Financial Services Group and Alibaba. ZOLOZ makes it simple to be known, trusted and safe in the digital world by transforming your face, eyes, voice, how you act, and what you know into your personal digital identity. Today, ZOLOZ uses facial recognition technology, combined with industry-leading spoof detection technology, to ensure that your online identity remains uncompromised. In the future, ZOLOZ will add other biometrics, behavioral analytics and questions only individual users can answer to further protect your online identity, and lessen the time and frustration of using digital technologies.
A former Shareholder at the AmLaw 100 law firm of Polsinelli, Karen is a skilled negotiator, writer and legal counselor, and has 30 years of experience in both international and U.S. domestic contract negotiations and legal matters. Before joining Polsinelli in 2013, Karen was a partner at the AmLaw 200 law firm of Quarles & Brady. Prior to Quarles & Brady, Karen was an attorney at Honeywell, including General Counsel for the Micro Switch business, and later a supply management executive for Honeywell Commercial Aviation negotiating multimillion dollar transactions in Europe, Canada, Japan and the People’s Republic of China. Karen is also a former partner in an Internet business-to-consumer start-up company. Karen's legal expertise includes international and U.S. domestic contracting, joint ventures and alliances, technology, software and intellectual property licensing and joint developments, trademark and copyright prosecution and licensing, product distribution, and data privacy and Internet law.
After graduating magna cum laude from the Sandra Day O’Connor School of Law at Arizona State University, Karen clerked for Judge Mary M. Schroeder, U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. She was also awarded a Fulbright Scholarship during her career, studying European Union law at the University College London and working with the global law firm of Allen & Overy in London. Karen received her cum laude undergraduate degree from Duke University.
Karen is a former member of the U.S. Global Leadership Coalition, and Chair Emeritus of the Arizona District Export Council having been appointed by the U.S. Secretary of State. Karen is a speaker and author on doing business in China, international business transactions, and intellectual property protection, including moderating panels for the U.S. Commercial Service’s Discover Global Markets conferences, and co-authoring the “Q&A guide to the regulation of international trade and commercial transactions in the United States” for Practical Law U.K., A Thomas Reuters Legal Solution.
Karen’s distinctions include: listed in The Best Lawyers in America®, Information Technology Law, 2010-2018; included in Arizona Business Leaders 2017 magazine by AZ Big Media; included in “Who’s Who in Business” 2016 by Republic Media in Arizona; nominated for an ATHENA Award by the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce, 2016; named one of the winners the 2015 “Outstanding Women in Business” award by the Phoenix Business Journal; named as one of the ”Top 100 Lawyers” in 2017, 2016 and 2015 by Arizona Business magazine; included among the "50 Most Influential Women in Arizona Business," by AZ Big Media, in 2014; named as one of the 2008 Top Ten "Centers of Influence Lawyers" by Arizona Business magazine. In addition, a transaction Karen led for a Chinese client was included in the “2014 Deals of the Year” by China Business Law Review.