Karen Lawrence Puccio joined Hare Wynn in 2017 and works primarily in the areas of Personal Injury and Mass Tort litigation. She plays a prominent role in Mass Tort cases at Hare Wynn, serving as part of the team involved in the metal-on-metal hip replacement cases involving DePuy Orthopedics and Stryker Rejuvenate. She has also been instrumental on the MDL work for the Bard and Cook IVC filter cases.

She began her legal career as an attorney working primarily in Mass Tort and Personal Injury law. In just two short years of becoming an attorney, Karen was tapped as co-lead of the asbestos department for her prior firm, where she
helped obtain over $15 million dollars in settlements for clients. She also has had success as a litigator in asbestos cases.

Karen’s proudest career moment was helping a family whose loved one had been diagnosed with lung cancer from his extensive asbestos exposure in the workplace. She took the case on, despite its difficulty, and ultimately helped
the victim recover a settlement.

Karen was born and raised in the small town of Centreville, Alabama. Being raised in a small town instilled a strong sense of community early on in Karen’s life, and helped shape her strong desire to make a difference in people’s

Karen’s passion for helping people continues to this day and is felt within the Birmingham community through her volunteer work for the Birmingham Bar’s Volunteer Lawyers Program. This program provides free legal assistance
to low-income clients, in desperate need of help, who otherwise would not have access to legal counsel. Karen feels privileged to be able to help these individuals who would otherwise not receive the help they need.

Karen attended Auburn University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminology and she went on to attend Birmingham School of Law at night while working full-time as a case manager. She has a strong belief anything is possible with hard work.

When Karen is not in the office, she enjoys spending time with her family. Her favorite pastimes include running, fishing and entering chili cook-offs. She is also an avid fan of Auburn athletics. A fun fact about Karen is that she is a former Tennessee State Chili Champion and was a participant in the World’s Championship Chili Cookoff.


  • Auburn University, B.A. Criminology, 2000
  • Southeastern Career College, ABA Approved Paralegal Certificate, 2003
  • Birmingham School of Law, J.D. 2012

Practice Areas

Notable Work

  • MDL 2197: In re: DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc., ASR Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation
  • MDL 2244: In re: DePuy Orthopaedics, Inc., Pinnacle Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation
  • MDL 2441: In re: Stryker Rejuvenate and ABG II Hip Implant Products Liability Litigation


  • Supreme Court of Alabama
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Alabama
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Indiana


  • Birmingham Bar Association, Membership Committee Member
  • Jefferson County New Lawyer Mentoring Program


  • Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges
  • Appointed as a Member of the Birmingham Bar Association Membership Committee
  • Graduate of Jefferson County Lawyer Mentoring Program


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Awards & Accolades

  • Medical Malpractice Trial Lawyers – Top 25
  • ABA
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • AV Preeminent
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • The Best Lawyers in America
  • Best Lawyers 2019 - Lawyer of the Year
  • Best Lawyers 2018
  • Americas Top 100 Attorneys
  • American Association for Justice
  • American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Multi-Million Advocates
  • American Judicature Society
  • US News Best Law Firms 2019
  • Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association
  • Benchmark Litigation
  • Alabama Association for Justice
  • International Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • International Society of Barristers
  • Kentucky Justice Association
  • Lawdragon 2017
  • National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys
  • National Law Journal Top 100 Verdicts
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • Top 40 Under 40
  • NBLSC Board Certified Lawyers
  • Phoenix Club of Birmingham
  • Plaintiffs Steering Committee
  • SuperLawyers
  • Super Lawyers Rising Star
  • Tennessee Trial Lawyers
  • Top Ranked USA Chambers
  • Arkansas Magazine - Very Best Award
  • National Featured Verdict
  • Best Lawyers Lawyer of the Year 2019
  • Top Rated Lawyers

Our Results

  • $2,860,000,000 Securities Fraud

    Hare Wynn obtains a $2.86 billion judgment in compensatory damages against Richard M. Scrushy, the largest judgment against an individual in history in any American jurisdiction....More

  • $750,000,000 GMO Rice Contamination

    Hare Wynn represents more than 2,500 rice farmers in a historic $750 million settlement against Bayer Cropscience....More

  • $422,000,000 Whistleblower

    Hare Wynn attorneys Scott Powell and Don McKenna represent one of four whistleblowers who brought False Claims Act suits against Novartis Pharmaceuticals for off-label marketing of Trileptal and paying illegal kickbacks to doctors in ass...More

  • $410,000,000 Qui Tam

    U.S. ex rel. Johnson v. Shell, resulting in the company’s agreement to pay $410 million to resolve claims that it underpaid royalties due for oil produced on federal leases...More

  • $310,000,000 Corporate Fraud

    In 2016, a team of Hare Wynn lawyers, including Scott Powell, John Haley, Bruce McKee, Ralph Cook, Brian Vines, and Tempe Smith secured a $310 million dollar settlement on behalf of a nationwide class of investors who had been defrauded...More

  • $218,000,000 Syngenta GMO Corn

    Scott Powell and three long-time colleagues are responsible for securing a $217.7 million dollar verdict on behalf of a class of more than 7,000 Kansas farmers. This was the first of a number of trials against Syngent....More

  • $133,000,000 Securities Fraud

    This was a shareholder derivative suit on behalf of HealthSouth Corporation. It alleged that UBS Securities knew about Richard Scrushy’s accounting frauds at HealthSouth, yet helped Scrushy to continue to make acquisitions and to c...More

  • $40,250,000 Wrongful Death

    Hare Wynn has obtained a $40.25 million jury verdict in Jefferson County, Alabama, in a case involving the death of Derric Rush, a Hoover resident killed on his way home from Wednesday night service at the church where he worked....More

  • $40,000,000 Whistleblower

    Healthways Inc. will pay $40 million to end a lawsuit alleging the company’s Diabetes Treatment Center of America received kickbacks for paying doctors to send their patients to hospitals that are the unit’s clients....More

  • $37,500,000 Death of a Police Officer

    Hare Wynn lawyers, Matt Minner and Jamie Moncus, obtained a large punitive damages verdict from a Madison County jury in a case involving the death of a Huntsville Police Officer. The family of slain Officer, Daniel Golden, bro...More

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