(248) 851-4111 
Karen E. Beach
Associate

Phone: (248) 970-7069

Fax: (248) 851-0100

Karen Beach looks at her matters from all angles, building on the cases that the trial court attorneys have constructed, in order to reframe them for her appellate audience. An associate concentrating her practice in appellate work, Karen brings successful experience and a fresh approach to all of her clients.

Karen has been lead appellate counsel in over 30 cases in the Michigan state and federal courts, including two oral arguments before the Michigan Supreme Court. She gets to the bottom of what transpired throughout the case and develops creative solutions to best position the case for appeal. Her appellate practice areas include medical malpractice, attorney malpractice, no-fault, products liability, commercial litigation, real property, mortgages, general liability, civil rights, consumer protection, municipal liability, accounting malpractice, and probate. Karen also has experience litigating post-trial motions and appeals of multi-million dollar over-limits verdicts, including appellate stays and bonds, and settlement negotiations.

Karen’s career skyrocketed after her moot court team was named National Champion at the 2011 ABA Appellate Advocacy Competition.

Karen earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Spanish from Marshall University, where she was a member of the Society of Yeager Scholars and spent a semester studying abroad in Valparaíso, Chile. Karen went on to earn her Juris Doctor from Duke University School of Law, where she participated in moot court and the Children’s Law Clinic and co-founded the school’s Veterans Disability Assistance Project.

In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter, gardening, and practicing yoga.

Her reputation has earned her recognition as a dBusiness Top Appellate Lawyer for 2019, and a Super Lawyers Rising Star in Appellate Practice from 2016-2019.

Some of her notable successes include:

Commonwealth Land Title Ins Co v. Metro Title Corp

    Karen convinced the appellate court to uphold a $1 million commercial litigation verdict following bench trial on successor liability; and convinced one panel member that he had wrongly decided two previous cases on the “mere continuation” exception to successor non-liability, and should instead follow an 1899 Supreme Court case favoring her client.

D’Agostini Land Company, LLC v. Dep’t of Treasury

    Karen persuaded the appellate court to adopt a favorable interpretation of the Michigan Business Tax small business alternative credit for unitary business groups.

Jennings v. Fuller

    Karen was in principal charge of preparing the remittitur motions for five individual defendants in a police excessive force case, which caused the trial judge to reduce the jury’s verdict from $37 million to $11 million and grant a new trial when the plaintiff refused the remittitur.

Hanczaryk v. Chapin

    Karen successfully obtained a judgment as a matter of law on appeal reducing $7 million bad faith/negligence verdict to just $300,000.

Gohl v. Livonia Public Schools School District

    A prominent achievement as lead appellate brief writer for a team of defendants where summary judgment in favor of the school district, the teacher and other school employees was upheld on appeal. The resulting published opinion cemented the Sixth Circuit’s new approach to cases involving excessive force in the school disciplinary context.

Goodwin v. Northwest Michigan Fair Ass’n

    Karen helped secure a new trial on appeal from a $1 million verdict where the trial court failed to allow the fairground client to name the father of an unsupervised child killed by vehicular traffic at fair as nonparty at fault.

Practice Areas

Education

  • Duke University School of Law,
    Juris Doctor, 2011
  • National Champion, 2011 ABA Appellate Advocacy Competition
  • Duke Law Moot Court Board
  • Marshall University,
    Bachelor of Arts in History and Spanish, summa cum laude with honors,
    2008
  • Society of Yeager Scholars

Bar Admissions

  • State of Michigan
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan

Professional Groups

  • ABA Council of Appellate Lawyers
  • DRI – The Voice of the Defense Bar
  • Michigan Defense Trial Counsel
  • Michigan Supreme Court Advocates Guild
  • Oakland County Bar Association
  • State Bar of Michigan

Honors & Awards

  • dBusiness Top Appellate Lawyer, 2019
  • Super Lawyers Rising Star, 2016-2919