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
D’Agostini Land Company, LLC v. Dep’t of Treasury
Jennings v. Fuller
Hanczaryk v. Chapin
Gohl v. Livonia Public Schools School District
Goodwin v. Northwest Michigan Fair Ass’n