It was 2004 when Gabe Karp joined ePrize, an online interactive promotions company, as its general counsel and executive vice president. Before Karp, the company’s legal team consisted of one person, who handled the company’s work from his private practice. As the era of text messaging and social media began to unfold, ePrize’s clientele increased and the company needed a full-time legal team. Today, ePrize’s legal department consists of nine people and has managed to keep the company out of legal trouble. In May, Karp was named Crain’s Detroit Business’ Top General Counsel for privately held companies under $1 billion due to his success with ePrize.
Karp says that when he started at ePrize, the company was just beginning to take advantage of new channels.