Karen Gantz is a literary property lawyer/literary agent and the president of Karen Gantz Literary Management. She represents such luminaries as Alec Baldwin, Floyd Abrams, Alan Dershowitz, Kathleen Turner, Arthur Benjamin, Daniel Weiss. She has penned two cook books, Taste of New York (Addison-Wesley 1993) and Superchefs (John Wiley & Sons 1996). She served on the Presidential Advisory Committee on Intellectual Property under President Clinton, at the U.S. Department of Commerce.
Karen practices law in the field of intellectual property and her specialty is negotiating contracts both as a lawyer and literary agent. She is a member of the First Amendment Salon, sponsored by the Abrams Institute on Free Speech at Yale University and is a member of the Entertainment, Media, Technology and Sports Committee at the Harvard Club of New York. She has a particular interest in free speech issues on college campuses.
Karen has been Chairman of the Literary and Media Committee and Chairman of the Great Books Program at the Harmonie Club of New York for the past 20 years. She has secured speakers such as Walter Isaacson, Richard Haas, and Ken Auletta. Karen is currently on the Board of Directors and Chairman of the Nominating Committee of New York Humanities, (the New York branch of the NEH), the National Foundation of Jewish Culture and the Chairman’s Council.
Karen hosts literary salons around the city with professors sharing their literary insights. She also sponsors an annual seminar for writers at the Brearley School.
Her philanthropic work is focused to education and children at risk through board membership on ELEM/Youth in Distress in Israel, American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, ITS Brookdale Cente, Israel’s leading center for applied research on social policy and services, where she sponsors an annual seminar for children at risk. Since 1989, she had been a member of the Board of Trustees of the, where she served primarily on the Israel committee and the Archives committee. Currently, she is on their of Directors in Israel,
Karen attended Vassar College and graduated with her BA from University of Pennsylvania (1972), received her MPA from New York University (1975) and her JD from Cardozo Law School (1980) where she was a member of the law review and is admitted in N.Y. State bar to practice law.