Karen Layng

Karen P. Layng is the C.E.O. of M.A.I.T. Co., a national strategic consulting and legal firm and is a licensed AAA arbitrator on the construction mega case, commercial and joint venture, energy and M&A panels.

M.A.I.T. Co. consults on best practices in enterprise risk management and conducts ethical leadership and legal compliance reviews, develops corporate ethics programs and trains boards and senior executives on ethical leadership cultures and serves as legal counsel in complex financial and construction matters. Karen is also an adjunct professor at Northwestern University in its Engineering M.S. program in engineering and design construction where she teaches courses in ethics, alternative dispute resolution and due diligence.

Karen is the National President of the Girl Scouts of the USA and serves on the AAA Board of Directors and the AAA-ICDR Foundation Board.

Before forming M.A.I.T. Co. Karen served as Chief Strategy Officer and General Counsel of a national mechanical and industrial process piping company after having been a senior shareholder and Board member of the international law firm Vedder Price and was the first woman chair of the firm’s Compensation Committee. She also built and chaired the firm’s Construction Practice and was the Litigation Practice Area Leader.

Karen was the first woman president of the Seventh Circuit Bar Association in its then 51 year history and the President of the University of Illinois College of LAS Alumni Association.