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Karen J. Orlin

Karen J. Orlin

Practice areas:

Limited Liability Company (LLC), Contracts & Agreements, Ethics & Professional Responsibility, Corporate & Incorporation, Banking

About Me



Over 40 years in full time legal practice, including nine with a major New York City law firm, seven as Associate Counsel for a financial institution in Miami, FL, a year organizing a Florida chartered commercial bank, six months as part-time General Legal Counsel to a national bank in Miami, and the remainder affiliated with law firms of all sizes and in solo law practice throughout South Florida. 


Legal services to privately owned businesses, investors in public and privately owned companies, not-for-profit entities such as non-governmental organizations, banks and other financial institutions, and auctioneers and auction businesses. 


Forensic consulting and litigation support regarding corporate/llc/not-for-profit entity governance, securities law, fiduciary duty, and legal ethics, including legal malpractice. 


Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Dispute Resolution Arbitrator. 


Published author and seminar speaker regarding mergers and acquisitions, securities law, opinion letter standards, limited liability company governance and fiduciary duty, not-for-profit entity law and legal ethics. 


Instructor in law schools and paralegal studies programs occasionally.


Areas of Concentration: Mergers, acquisitions, sales, exchanges, conversions, reorganizations, dissolutions, business transaction, commercial transactions; corporation and limited liability company governance; fiduciary duty; shareholders, member, owner, operating, limited liability company, partnership, voting, sale restriction, option, subscription, investor, confidentiality, non-competition, non-solicitation, dissolution, separation, licensing, distribution, agency, employment, independent contractor, vendor, customer, operational business agreements and commercial agreements; personnel policy manuals; commercial lending and investment; auctioneers and auction businesses; legal ethics.



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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1973

  1. Limited Liability Company (LLC): 35%
    18 years
  2. Contracts & Agreements: 25%
    42 years
  3. Ethics & Professional Responsibility: 20%
    9 years
  4. Corporate & Incorporation: 15%
    42 years
  5. Banking: 5%
    42 years



Hourly ($250-500/hour)

Payment Types:


Attorney Endorsements

5 total 

  • Herbert Ira Ellis

    I endorse this lawyer.


    Herbert Ellis Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Other

  • Elias Leonard Dsouza

    It is always a pleasure working on matters with Karen . Very knowledgeable on the law, processes, and court procedures. Extremely courteous, highly intelligent, professional, and caring. Goes the extra mile to get things accomplished. I highly recommend Karen to all my friends, family and colleagues.


    Elias Dsouza Bankruptcy & Debt Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Karen J. Orlin P.L.

P. O. Box 430620
Miami, FL, 33243

2655 LeJeune Road
Suite 500
Coral Gables, FL, 33134



FLMember in Good Standing198205/07/2015
NYCurrently registered 197303/13/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Who's Who in America (64th-69th Editions)The Marquis Who's Who2013
Who's Who in the World (28th-31st Editions)The Marquis Who's Who2013
Florida Legal Elite (TM)Florida Trend Magazine2010
Leadership/Service, Executive CouncilThe Florida Bar, Business Law Section, Executive Council2009
Leadership/Service, Chair, Corporations CommitteeThe Florida Bar, Business Law Section, Executive Council2006
AV(R) Peer Review Rated (see footnote to (R)1994
Graduate Assistant and "Chairman of the Board"Dale Carnegie & Associates, Inc.1989
Phi Beta KappaUniversity of Pennsylvania Chapter1968
Mortar Board SocietyUniversity of Pennsylvania Chapter1968

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Managing MemberKaren J. Orlin P.L.2006 - Present
AttorneySee website linking resume1972 - 2011

Association NamePosition NameDuration
American Bar Association, Business Law Section, Professional Responsibility CommitteeMember2013 - Present
New York City Bar Association, Small Law Firm CommitteeMember2013 - Present
New York City Bar Association, Corporate Mentoring CircleCo-chair2012 - Present
Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA)Dispute Resolution Arbitrator2012 - Present
New York City Bar AssociationMember2009 - Present
Florida Bar, Relations with Public Accountants CommitteeVice-Chair2007 - 2008
Broward County Bar Association, Solo/Small Law Firm Networking GroupMember2006 - Present
Florida Bar, Relations with Public Accountants CommitteeMember2005 - 2008
Florida Bar, Business Law Section, Corporations, Securities and Financial Services CommitteeChair2004 - 2006
Florida Bar, Professional Ethics CommitteeMember1999 - 2006
American Bar Association, Business Law SectionMember1996 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1996 - Present
Florida Bar, Business Law SectionMember1982 - Present
See website linking resumeN/AN/A

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Beach BankCharter granted and operations commenced
Lovell Farms Inc. and Hines Horticulture, Inc.Closing of Sale to Hines Horticulture, Inc.

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Publication NameTitleDate
http://www.orlinlaw.comThe Title "Managing Member" under The Florida Revised Limited Liability Company Act2015
http://www.orlinlaw.comArticles of Organization and Operating Agreement Provisions Modifying Default Provisions of New York Limited Liability Company Law2013
National Business Institute SeminarUnderstanding The World of Minority Rights and Fiduciary Obligations2011
National Business Institute SeminarWalking the Ethical Line2011
The Florida Bar Business Law JournalFlorida Not For Profit Corporation Act 2009 Amendments2010
The Quarterly Report, Business Law Section, The Florida BarAnother Spin on "Spinning"2005
The Quarterly Report, Business Law Section, The Florida BarHedges Clipped by SEC1997
See website linking resumeVariousN/A

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Harvard Law SchoolN/Alaw1972
University of PennsylvaniaMathematicsA.B. summa cum laude1969

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Paralegal Studies ProgramLegal Research Analysis and Writing2012
National Business Institute SeminarWalking the Ethical Line2011
National Business Institute SeminarUnderstanding The World of Minority Rights and Fiduciary Obligations2011
Legal Aspects of Starting a New BusinessBasic corporate, limited liability company and business law2009
Effective Board Leadership for Not for Profit OrganizationsLegal Issues2009
Mastering Mergers and AcquisitionsMergers and Acquisitions2008
Mergers, Acquisitions and ConversionsMergers and Acquisitions2002
Corporations LawGeneral business entities law for law students2002