Karen Michael

Attorney and Vice President in HR
SunTrust Bank


Karen Michael is an attorney and vice president in human resources at SunTrust Bank. In that role, Karen manages complex employee relations issues for the Mid-Atlantic region of SunTrust and works corporately to develop policies, procedures and training for employment-related issues. Karen graduated, with honors, from University of Richmond's T.C. Williams School of Law where she served on the National Moot Court Team and the McNeil Law Honors Society. Before joining SunTrust, she practiced law at McGuire Woods for over six years specializing in the area of employment law and litigation. She received her undergraduate degree from James Madison University. In addition to her work at SunTrust, Karen serves as a member of the faculty at University of Richmond's School of Continuing Studies, teaching Human Resources Law to undergraduate and graduate students, including those earning their Human Resources Graduate certificate and MBA. Karen is a member of the Urban League of Greater Richmond. She also serves on the Board for the Corporate Counsel Section of the Virginia Bar Association. She is a member of the Virginia State Bar, Virginia Bar Association and Richmond Bar Association, SHRM and the RHRMA. Karen is married with two sons.