Karen S. Vladeck

Firm: Wittliff Cutter, PLLC
Location: Austin - TX

  • 1209 Nueces Street
    Austin, Texas 78701
  • Tel : 512-960-4865
  • Fax : 512-960-4869

Karen represents corporate, start-up, and non-profit clients in the resolution of disputes pending before the EEOC, state employment agencies, and state and federal court. Karen has extensive practice defending employers against claims involving Title VII, the ADEA, the ADA, the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, the FLSA, and the False Claims Act. Karen also counsels clients to seamlessly accomplish the on-boarding and termination of employees, reductions in force (RIFs), the development of employee handbooks and policies, resolution of medical and disability leave issues, conducting internal investigations, and compliance with state and federal wage statutes, among other issues. She also represents individual clients seeking advice on employment and severance agreements. Karen has worked with clients across an array of industries, including hospitality, fashion and luxury goods, higher education, real estate, sports, insurance, television, technology startups, trade associations, and non-profits.

Karen began her career as a law clerk for Chief Judge Mary Ellen Barbera of the Court of Appeals of Maryland. After that, she practiced in the Washington, DC office of Arent Fox LLP before moving to Texas in 2016. Karen has been recognized as a Thomson Reuters Super Lawyers “Rising Star” (Washington, DC – 2014, 2015 and Texas – 2017–2020). Karen and her husband Stephen, a professor at the University of Texas School of Law, live in Austin with their two daughters.


  • University of Miami School of Law (J.D., Magna Cum Laude; Order of the Coif; Soia Mentschikoff full scholarship recipient)
  • Cornell University (B.S., Industrial and Labor Relations)


  • Premier Employment Lawyers -Exclusive Featured Attorney for Austin TX 2021-2022
  • Austin Monthly Top Attorney — Employment Law, 2019, 2020
  • Super Lawyers Rising Star (Washington DC) — 2015, 2016
  • Super Lawyers Rising Star (Texas) — 2017–2020
  • Martindale Hubbard AV Preeminent Rating, 2017–2020

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Maryland (2009)
  • District of Columbia (2011)
  • Virginia (2012 – Inactive)
  • Texas (2016)
  • The U.S. Supreme Court
  • The U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Fourth and Fifth Circuits
  • The U.S. District Courts for the Western and Northern Districts of Texas, the District of Maryland, the District of Columbia, and the Eastern District of Virginia

Wittliff Cutter, PLLC

We are experienced in helping public and private companies, nonprofits, and international corporations avoid and solve legal workplace problems. We help employers with the management of risk in the workplace, the avoidance of lawsuits, and the development of personnel policies. Our work also includes hiring/discharge advise, benefits, wage and hour compliance, employment-related litigation, and other labor and employment related issues that might confront a business.

We represent employers of all sizes in a range of industries, including technology, health care, hospitality, real estate, construction, insurance, education, retail, professional services, and financial institutions. We work hand-in-hand with our litigation and corporation groups to achieve results for employers of all sizes in a wide range of cases.


Our employment team has a deep knowledge and understanding in the importance of conducting internal investigations and counseling on the front end of issues to help your business avoid costly litigation. We help employers by reducing wage and hour liability, presenting hiring and termination best practices, advising on independent contractor classifications, and avoiding labor code violations. However, when litigation is inevitable, our team is skilled in resolving disputes in an efficient and effective manner.

Practice Capabilities

We can handle any size matter – from a Fair Labor Standards Act class action to a single employee Title VII lawsuit. Our partners have tried cases of all sizes and successfully won dispositive motions in state and federal court. We have significant experience in defending and investigating claims of sexual harassment, and defending Equal Employment Opportunity litigation, and in representing businesses in non-competition litigation, breach of contract, and trade secret litigation. Our team has practices both locally in Texas and nationwide and can represent employers from coast to coast with any issues that might arise.

In addition to our employer side work, we regularly represent executives and other high-level individuals in the negotiation of separation and employment agreements.