Profile

Karen represents various Fortune 500 companies as well as a number of large multimillion dollar independently owned entities in commercial litigation, including complex federal litigation, civil RICO, antitrust, and bankruptcy. She has lectured on class action litigation and federal civil procedure.

Her experience includes representing a European-based private equity firm in a dispute over the acquisition of a major record company involving approximately $7 billion and she also represents other European based private equity/venture capital groups in major disputes. She has been involved in two New York actions representing the 50 percent owner of a multibillion dollar soft drink company, and represents certain family members in a dispute involving a major sporting goods chain.

For a number of years, Karen has represented a major tobacco company in litigation throughout Florida and obtained summary judgment in two multimillion dollar actions, one of which has been affirmed on appeal. She has been involved in a constitutional dispute in Florida over legislative redistricting, and a summary judgment in favor of her client was recently upheld on appeal by the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals. In a matter involving the death of a whale trainer at SeaWorld in 2010, Karen obtained a temporary injunction, which ultimately resulted in a permanent injunction, enjoining the dissemination of materials depicting the death.

She joined the firm in its first year from a small New York litigation boutique, and she is listed in Lawdragon's 500 Leading Lawyers in America.

Experience

Karen’s significant matters include:

  • Serving as one of the lead trial lawyers in a qui tam action in federal court in Texas that resulted in a jury verdict and a $663 million judgment for her client
  • Serving as a trial lawyers who won a $1 billion valuation for one of the co-owners of AriZona Iced Tea Company for his half share of the company
  • Presenting defense witnesses and arguing legal points in the firm's trial victory for Starr International Company against AIG in federal court in New York, in a dispute over the ownership of billions of dollars of AIG stock
  • Representing the former principal owners of a speech and language technology company in district court and bankruptcy proceedings against another speech and language technology company and its former officers, directors, auditors, and bankers arising out of a $600 million merger between the two companies
  • Representing Tyco and its ADT subsidiary, working to successfully defeat certification of two nationwide classes against the companies
  • Winning, along with another of the firm's partners, a complete victory for ADT in a bench trial where a former ADT dealer sought a multimillion dollar judgment
  • Representing an independent power producer in action taken against a state utility alleging violations of RICO and various state laws; the settlement resulted in an award in excess of $36 million for the producer

Education

  • University of Florida Law School, J.D., with honors; Editor-in-Chief, Florida International Law Journal; Member Florida Blue Key; LegaL Research and Writing Instructor
  • University of Florida, B.S., Accounting

Admissions

Bars

  • Florida
  • U.S. Court of Appeals: First Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals: Third Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals: Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court: Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court: Southern District of Florida

Awards and Associations

Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America

Florida Top 100 Super Lawyers 2007

American Bar Association

Clerkships

  • Hon. G. Kendall Sharp, U.S. District Court: Middle District of Florida