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Karen H. Stiles

101 South Tryon Street
Suite 2200
Charlotte, NC 28280


Charlayne Thompson

Specializing in medical malpractice for the last 16 years, Karen’s practice is focused primarily on defending medical malpractice cases and catastrophic personal injury litigation. She is a partner on the firm’s Medical Malpractice team in Charlotte, which has a proven track record of success for its many clients throughout Western North Carolina.   

Karen provides excellent service and counsel to her clients, and has had the opportunity to successfully defend physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, hospitals, and nursing homes in a multitude of cases involving virtually every medical specialty, including but not limited to:

  • General surgery
  • Anesthesia
  • Cardiology
  • Neurology
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

She is licensed to practice law in North Carolina and her clients rely on her judgment and ability to successfully and calmly guide them through various types of legal issues, ranging from medical board hearings to jury trials.     

When Karen is not working, she enjoys traveling, scuba diving, volunteering at church, and spending time with her husband and two daughters.    

Representative Matters

  • Counselor to many health care providers in litigating allegations of medical malpractice and wrongful death through trial.
  • Counselor to many health care providers before their governing boards for investigations.
  • Advisor to Corporate Risk Management for major hospital systems in the Carolinas.
  • Speaker to health care providers on how to avoid litigation if possible, and how to navigate litigation when it cannot be avoided.


  • North Carolina Rising Star by Super Lawyers magazine, 2012

Professional and Community Affiliations

  • Mecklenburg County Bar Association
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • American Bar Association 
  • North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys, Chair of the Medical Malpractice Committee, 2017-2018

Alternate biographies





  • J.D., Campbell University, 2002
  • B.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1994

Bar and Court Admissions

  • North Carolina, 2002