Telecom attorney and former FCC official Karen Kincaid among hijacking victims
Karen Kincaid, an attorney with the Washington law firm of Wiley Rein & Fielding, was one of 64 people aboard American Airlines Flight 77 who perished when the hijacked jetliner crashed into the Pentagon on Sept. 11.
R. Michael Senkowski, head of the firm’s telecommunications practice, told the Washington Post, “Karen was one of our up-and-coming stars.” She was a “great lawyer and one of the nicest, kindest human beings you can run across—we’re all very much in grief.”
Kincaid joined the firm in 1993 and was a member of its communications practice. Prior to joining WRF, Karen served as a senior attorney-advisor for the FCC Private Radio Bureau from 1989 to 1993. She was a former law clerk to Judge J. Smith Hensley of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eight Circuit from 1987 to 1989. She clerked for Chief Judge Leo Oxenberger of the Iowa Court of Appeals from 1986 to 1987. She received her B.A. from Central College and her J.D. from Drake University. Karen is survived by her husband, Peter Batacan, and several siblings.
A spokesperson for the law firm said that donations in memory of Kincaid may be sent to the Washington Animal Rescue League, 71 Oglethorpe St. NW, Washington, DC, 20001, Attention: Mr. Rosenfeld. Inquiries and condolences can be directed to Richard E. Wiley at [email protected] or Donna Corini at [email protected] or by calling 202-719-4917.