Posted by a Litigation client
Karen is an outstanding attorney and a great example of someone who takes the word counsel in counselor to heart. She's hardworking and astute, but you would expect that from a Partner at an up and coming NYC law firm. The unexpected is that she really get's the business issues - she doesn't drag you through the minutia during a negotiation. Not that she doesn't pay attention to the details, but rather she get's what's worth everyone getting excited about. At the same time, she will provide insights into your business issues if you let her gain an understanding of what you do. The funny part is that her sophistication in her demeanor belies what a tough courtroom advocate she can be. I always want a corporate attorney who has been a litigator since they know what is going to be important if it ends up in court. Karen is the quintessential member of that breed of lawyers who can do it all. I wouldn't want anyone else representing my firm in a litigation - and I wouldn't want anyone else representing my firm in a negotiation.
Just to be clear, I was an Editor on my school's law review back in the day, and although I haven't practiced law in 15 years I have quite a high bar for engaging counsel. Karen is top drawer in my book. I think, in part, because I have engaged Karen time and again, and she provides such a helluva measuring stick for others, its hard to think of retaining anyone else.