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Karen Smith Kienbaum, Esq.

JustUs® President

Karen Smith Kienbaum, Esq., JustUs® President

Karen Kienbaum is the President of JustUs®, a Michigan corporation that provides innovative risk management  for local, multi-state or multi-national companies.  JustUs® ensures compliance with laws and regulations, including those of the EEOC and SOX and reduces fraud exposure. Recently it was selected to administer GM’s Open Door Policy for its salaried employees in North America. 

Ms. Kienbaum received two undergraduate degrees from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and her Juris Doctorate in Law from the University of Detroit-Mercy School of Law. She has appeared at all levels in the regulatory and court systems, including the state and federal trial and appeals courts and the Michigan Supreme Court and is admitted to the US Supreme Court.

Karen is also the founder and principal in her AV rated Detroit law firm. In 2008 it was designated as one of ‘Michigan’s Best Businesses’ by CORP! MAGAZINE.  Karen was honored as  one of Michigan’s Top 10 Business Women in 2007 by the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), and has been designated as a ‘SUPERLAWYER’ by her peers since the inception of that honor. 

She is a litigator who also serves as an arbitrator and facilitator. She has represented individuals, and private, public, for-profit and non-profit entities. She has fourteen (14) years in-house legal experience, at BCBSM and at Ford. These experiences give her a unique perspective on the health care industry, and business and labor priorities, locally and internationally.

She is a recognized authority in the areas of commercial contracts, labor and employment law and corporate litigation. She has spoken in Europe, Africa and across the United States. Topics include: best business practices, compliance, litigation prevention, discrimination, outsourcing, streamlining HR functions, ethics, sex harassment, workplace violence, employment contracts preventive fraud practices and commercial contracts. Recently she conducted programs for the Michigan Association of CPA’s, the Labor and Management Association of Michigan and a Webinar for federal contractors on the necessity of an effective employee Complaint Process. 

She serves as a Member of the Board and Quality Committee of the Medical Resources Group St. John Providence Health System. Ms. Kienbaum lives in Grosse Pointe Park, Michigan. Her personal interests include outdoor sports and reading. She has a daughter, Ursula, an employment attorney, who practices in Portland, Oregon.

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