Karen Silverman
Senior Advisor

One of the nation’s leading global experts in practical governance strategies for AI and other frontier technologies.

Karen is a leading global expert in practical governance strategies for AI and other frontier technologies. As the CEO and Founder of The Cantellus Group, she advises Fortune 50 companies, startups, consortia, and governments on how to govern cutting-edge technologies in a rapidly changing policy environment. Her expertise is informed by more than 20 years of practice and management leadership at Latham & Watkins LLP, where she advised global businesses in complex antitrust matters, M&A, governance, ESG, and crisis management.

Karen is a World Economic Forum Global Innovator and sits on its Global AI Council, where she has contributed to the Board Toolkit for AI and ongoing work on AI, data, cybersecurity and digital trust issues. She is an advisor to the Business Roundtable on AI matters and has been named one of the Top Ten Legal Innovators (The Financial Times, 2019), a Top AI Lawyer in California (California Daily Journal, 2019), and one of the 100 Brilliant Women in AI Ethics (Women in AI Ethics, 2020-22). Karen is a technology expert on the California Supreme Court’s Blue-Ribbon Commission on the Future of the Bar Exam.

As a leading voice in the governance of AI and other frontier technologies, she is a regular speaker at conferences and forums including CogX, RSA, HIMSS, the Athens Roundtable, National Judicial College, Aspen Institute Technology Fellows, the Society for Corporate Governance, PLI and the World AI Cannes Festival. She also is a lecturer at Berkeley Law. Her thoughts on the governance, oversight, and real-world applications of AI, AR, VR, and other nascent technologies are featured in The World Economic Forum’s Agenda, MIT Sloan Management Review, and the AI Journal.

Prior to founding The Cantellus Group, Karen spent 20 years at Latham & Watkins LLP in global strategic and tactical management roles, including Office Managing Partner for the San Francisco office. She specialized in global merger control and helped to build the firm’s leading global M&A competition practice. For this work, she has been recognized as a top antitrust practitioner by the GCR, Law 360, Legal 500, Who’s Who, the Daily Journal, The Recorder, and SF Business Times.

Karen earned her J.D. from the University of California at Berkeley and her B.A. from Wellesley College. She earned a Certificate from MIT in AI Implications for Business Strategy and held early career roles at McCutchen LLP, Jones Day LLP, Paul Hastings LLP, the Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division, and the Securities and Exchange Commission.