Kelly A. Karstaedt is an associate attorney with more than three years experience in representing small and large financial institutions with collection matters. Ms. Karstaedt’s main areas of practice include creditors rights in commercial collections and bankruptcy, with a particular focus on post judgment collection activities.
Ms. Karstaedt was born and raised in a small country community outside of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where her ancestors originally settled after emigrating from Germany in the early 1700s. Ms. Karstaedt graduated at the top of her high school class from Greensburg-Salem High School and moved to Erie, Pennsylvania, to major in biology at Gannon University. In pursuit of her biological science degree, Ms. Karstaedt expressed her passion for protecting the environment by joining the Tri-Beta Biological Honors Society and participating in multiple environmental protection events, including the annual beach clean-up at Presque Isle State Park. The drive to better understand animals and how they interact with humans and their habitat alike prompted Ms. Karstaedt to take up a minor in Psychology and join the Psi Chi Psychology Honors Society. In the summer of 2002, Ms. Karstaedt was awarded a grant by the National Science Foundation to study Panamanian leaf-cutter ants at the University of Kansas with world-renowned ant expert, Cameron Curry, one of the top researchers in his field. Ms. Karstaedt earned a Bachelor’s of Science Degree, graduating Magna Cum Laude.
Ms. Karstaedt earned a Juris Doctorate degree from Florida Coastal School of Law. While working on her degree, Ms. Karstaedt served as Treasurer and Vice President of the Animal Law Society. Ms. Karstaedt was also appointed student coach of Florida Coastal’s first Animal Law Moot Court Team, which went on to make it to the semi-final rounds of the annual Animal Law Moot Court Competition at Harvard University.
During the last three years, Ms. Karstaedt has been engaged in representing a number of the country’s largest lending institutions in consumer collection matters. Ms. Karstaedt has extensive experience in litigating collection matters, particularly in the arena of post-judgment collection efforts. Ms. Karstaedt is now expanding her practice to include creditors rights in commercial collections and bankruptcy proceedings. When not in court representing clients, Ms. Karstaedt devotes her time at the Duval County Courthouse to assisting victims of domestic violence through her legal advocacy work with Hubbard House.
Ms. Karstaedt is married to local attorney, Brandon Stanko, and resides with her husband and two cats, Medea and Dionysus, in Jacksonville. Although originally from the north and used to endless winters, Ms. Karstaedt now spends the majority of her free time outdoors at the pool or the beach enjoying the beautiful Florida sunshine. Ms. Karstaedt’s favorite hobbies include watching professional football and soccer, reading mystery and scientific fiction novels, baking, and watching her husband play soccer for numerous indoor and outdoor teams.
Licensed since 2008
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|FL||Member in Good Standing||2008||08/12/2015|
|Attorney||Jimerson & Cobb, P.A.||2011 - Present|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|Rotaract Club of Jacksonville||Secretary||2013 - Present|
|The Jacksonville Zoo||N/A||N/A|
|The Jacksonville Bar||N/A||N/A|
|Gannon University||N/A||BS - Bachelor of Science||N/A|
|Florida Coastal School Of Law||N/A||law||N/A|
|Presentation||Florida Collection Law-Tips and Strategies||2013|
|Lunch and Learn||Bankruptcy 101 for Bankers||2013|