Karen Werner


She represents local and international clients in highly complex cases across the range of civil and commercial lawsuits, conflicts between shareholders, insolvency proceedings and company reorganizations.

Karen has extensive experience in the energy, mining, infrastructure, construction, financial services and real estate industries; among others.

She is a member of the Women Lawyers Committee of the Chilean Bar Association and included in the list of Young Arbitrators at the Santiago Chamber of Commerce Arbitration and Mediation Centre.

Work experience
  • Partner, Bofill Mir & Alvarez Jana Abogados (since 2019);
  • Senior Associate, Gutiérrez, Waugh, Jimeno & Asenjo (2018);
  • International Associate, Covington & Burling LLP, New York, USA (2017-2018);
  • Associate, Gutiérrez, Waugh, Jimeno & Asenjo (2013-2016);
  • Associate, Cariola, Díez, Pérez-Cotapos & Compañía (2009-2013).
  • LL.M., Columbia Law School, New York, USA (2017);
  • Accepted to practice law by the Supreme Court of Chile (2010);
  • J.D. (magna cum laude), Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (2010).
Academic activities
  • Assistant Professor, Procedural Law, Universidad de Los Andes (2012-2013);
  • Teaching Assistant, Constitutional Law, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile (2004-2006).
Awards and acknowledgments
  • Chambers and Partners Latin America: Dispute Resolution: Litigation (Up and Coming);
  • Benchmark Litigation: “Litigation Star”;
  • Benchmark Latin America Awards 2021: nominated, “Chile Litigator of the Year”;
  • The Legal 500: “Next Generation Partner”;
  • Leading Lawyers: “Outstanding Young Lawyer: Civil Litigation”;
  • Best Lawyers in Chile: Highlighted in Litigation;
  • Columbia University: Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar, Law School, USA (2017);
  • “Becas Chile”: Governmental scholarship to study master abroad (2016);
  • Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile: Award for Best Constitutional Law student of her generation (2007).
  • Chilean Bar Association;
  • Member, Directory of Women Experts of the Chilean Bar Association;
  • Young Arbitrator, Santiago Chamber of Commerce’s Arbitration and Mediation Centre (CAM Santiago);
  • Women Lawyers Committee, Chilean Bar Association;
  • WIP Chile, ‘Women in the Profession’ program, The Vance Center (since 2018).
Publications and seminars
  • Co-author, Chile, “The Practicioner’s Guide to Global Investigations Volume II: Global Investigations around the World (Fourth Edition)”, Global Investigations Review, Law Business Research (2020).
  • Author, “Law and Practice in Chile”, Chambers Legal Practice Guides: Litigation, Chambers and Partners (2014).