Karen M. Ibach
Philadelphia Office

123 South Broad Street
Avenue of the Arts
Philadelphia, PA 19109

P: 215-772-7686
F: 215-772-7620


Karen M. Ibach is a partner in the Litigation Department of Montgomery McCracken, and represents organizations and individuals in civil, criminal and regulatory matters.  She concentrates her practice on internal and government investigations, enforcement actions, and compliance for clients in highly-regulated industries, such as pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers.  Karen also counsels and represents institutions of higher education in many areas, including Title IX compliance, student sexual assaults and related Title IX investigations, Clery Act compliance, employment matters, research misconduct, and student loan compliance.  She is a Certified Compliance and Ethics Professional (CCEP).

Karen also has substantial experience in white collar criminal defense, related civil litigation, and complex commercial litigation.  She has represented corporate and individual clients in a variety of federal criminal matters, including tax violations, health care fraud, money laundering, immigration violations, public and political corruption, and other federal offenses involving complex sentencing and appellate issues.

Selected Publications

Selected Speaking Engagements

Honors & Awards

  • Recognized as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer in the area of White Collar Criminal Defense, 2013 – 2017
  • Recognized as a Pennsylvania Rising Star in the area of White Collar Criminal Defense, 2010 – 2012

Professional Activities & Achievements

  • Certified Compliance & Ethics Professional (August 2012 – present)
  • American Bar Association
    • Past member of the Steering Committee of the Philadelphia Young Lawyers Division of the White Collar Crime Committee
  • Philadelphia Bar Association
  • Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Academic Achievements

Karen received her J.D. degree from Temple University’s James E. Beasley School of Law. While at Temple, she was recognized for her legal writing and oral advocacy achievements. Prior to attending law school, Karen received her M.A. degree from Temple University, where she was the recipient of a University Scholarship. She graduated, with honors, from Boston College with a B.A. degree in English.