Karen J. Kruger is a member of Funk & Bolton, P. A., resident in the firm's Baltimore office. She concentrates in law enforcement matters, advising chief law enforcement executives in all aspects of managing police agencies, and is a member of the firm's Local Government Practice Group. Ms. Kruger is recognized state-wide for her experience in the management and litigation of police misconduct matters, including cases arising under the Law Enforcement Officers' Bill of Rights. Her reputation as a police legal advisor is of national scope.
Before joining Funk & Bolton, Ms. Kruger served as a Senior Assistant County Attorney for Harford County, Maryland, where she represented the Sheriff and other County public safety agencies. She also served for twelve years as an Assistant Attorney General for the State of Maryland representing the Maryland Transportation Authority Police. Before becoming a police legal advisor, she was a prosecutor in the Attorney General's Criminal Investigations Division.
Ms. Kruger is a member of the Maryland (active status), D.C. (inactive status) and California (inactive status) bars and holds a graduate certificate in teaching from The Johns Hopkins University. She graduated from the FBI National Law Institute, and the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center's legal advisor program.
Ms. Kruger's article entitled "Pregnancy & Policing: Are They Compatible?" appears in 22 Wisc. Womens L. J. 61 (2007) and the University of Baltimore Law Review published her article on governmental immunity at 36 U. Balt. L. Rev. 1 (2006). Ms. Kruger is also the author of "Rediscovering the New Jersey E.R.A.: The Key to Successful Sex Discrimination Litigation," published in the Rutgers Law Journal. The FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin published two of Ms. Kruger's articles, "Collecting Statistics in Response to Racial Profiling Allegations" and "Dealing with Domestic Violence Within Law Enforcement Relationships." She is a regular contributor to The Police Chief magazine, published by the International Association of Chiefs of Police, and the magazine published a major article of hers on the subject of the role of expert witness testimony in police litigation. Ms. Kruger edits and coordinates publication of the magazine's "Chief's Counsel" monthly column.
Ms. Kruger is a certified instructor for the Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commissions, and an adjunct instructor at the Community College of Baltimore County. Ms. Kruger serves as counsel to the Maryland Chiefs of Police Association, Inc., is an active member of the Maryland Sheriffs' Association, and she is a board member of the Legal Officers' Section of the International Association of Chiefs of Police. Organizations such as these often call upon Ms. Kruger to draft model policies and training programs, and to provide advice and instruction.
Ms. Kruger's legal experience includes the litigation of civil lawsuits and administrative disciplinary matters, legal sufficiency review of agency policies, internal audits and grant compliance, drafting of legislation and regulations, training and risk management analysis. She also provides representation to the firm's local government clients in litigation matters.