Karen Schuler.

Karen Schuler

Principal; Governance, Risk & Compliance National Practice Leader


BDO Potomac Office



Executive Summary

Karen Schuler has a broad background in managing businesses that provide governance, risk management, and compliance (GRC) services. Over the last 25 years she has built and managed organizations that provide global investigations, litigation support, privacy, cyber investigations and data breach notification, and GRC integrations and implementation services.

As founder of one of the first digital forensics consulting firms in the 1990s, she quickly became a thought leader in the areas of e-discovery and digital forensics and focused on intellectual property, securities, and insider trading investigations. Over the years she has authored wide-ranging information governance, data protection, and e-discovery books and articles and has provided expert testimony for several high stakes litigations, among being named an expert in more than 100 cases over the last 15 years.

Prior to BDO, she held senior positions for cybersecurity, IT, expert services, and e-discovery firms, as well as having worked for the United States Securities & Exchange Commission. She has also held board positions with industry associations and information governance companies in the past.

Professional Affiliations

Association of Certified Fraud Examiners
Association for Information and Image Management
Association of Records Managers and Administrators
International Association of Privacy Professionals


M.S., University of Pittsburgh
B.S., University of Dayton