Meet Karin Bergener, Esq.

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Karin Bergener opened The Law Firm of Karin Bergener in 2013, to bring her deep experience in commercial transactions, particularly in outsourcing, to legal clients.  Her over 25 years’ negotiating with customers and suppliers, and advising clients on commercial and corporate transactions, employee benefits, human resources, and environmental and other compliance matters are strengthened by her experience outside the legal function, as part of the business team.


Prior to opening the firm, Karin served as a Deputy Procurement Director at SAIC, a $10B technical and professional services company.  It was in this position that she combined her skills as an attorney and business manager.  Karin was responsible for commercial engagements with corporations and state and local government clients. She managed procurement and customer-facing contracts staff in the U.S., U.K., and India, overseeing annual spend of $134M and personally producing annual savings of $500K.  Additionally, she negotiated and managed agreements with suppliers across four continents and supported proposals for government and private industry clients in a variety of markets, including security, state and local government, oil and gas, utilities, and transportation.  She served as a primary negotiator of strategic alliances, and the lead for providing outsourced procurement services to a major municipality.  Throughout her service with SAIC, Karin was instrumental in renegotiating subcontracts, reducing price and cementing performance criteria, which allowed SAIC to win long-term repeat business. As a member of a company-wide Six Sigma team, Karin drove purchasing card process improvement, which reduced purchasing costs, and then trained the company’s cardholders in the re-engineered process.


Before SAIC, Karin held legal roles in two corporations.  As Corporate Attorney at Caliber Logistics, Inc. (now FedEx Supply Chain Services, Inc.), a third-party logistics company, she established the legal department function and re-engineered commercial engagement processes.  At The J.M. Smucker Company, a food manufacturer, she designed and implemented new grower loan policies and procedures, minimizing risk.   She also led employee benefit compliance.


At two law firms, Karin provided creative, business-first services to clients.  While an Associate at Buckingham, Doolittle, and Burroughs, in Akron, Ohio, she developed a unique mediation-arbitration process that resolved a two-year old dispute in two days.  As an Associate at Brydges, Riseborough, Morris, Franke, & Miller (n/k/a Hinshaw Culbertson et al), in Chicago, Illinois, she served as the first commercial transaction associate in a defense litigation firm, and provided profitable services from day one.


Karin’s unique approach to negotiating and maintaining business relationships incorporates her experience as a counselor and group facilitator, the basis of her broad systems-based approach to organizations.  Karin also served as a mediator and arbitrator in Rochester, New York, in one of the first community mediation centers in the United States.  Her dispute resolution experience led her to attend law school.


Karin runs an agricultural business and is working on a technology start-up. She holds a J.D. and an MS Ed., and is a Certified Project Management Professional (PMP).


You can reach Ms. Bergener at or 330-298-0065.