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Karen Jackson Porter

also known as Karen J. Porter

About me


Karen J. Porter is the principal of the Porter Law Network.   Ms. Porter has practiced bankruptcy law, commercial law and tax collection law for more than 20 years.  Her firm serves a diverse client base of large companies, small companies, lending institutions and individuals.  Ms. Porter graduated from the University of Michigan Law School in 1982.  She served as law clerk to United States Bankruptcy Judge Thomas James and as a staff attorney for the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Illinois.  Thereafter Ms. Porter continued in private practice representing the interests of debtors and creditors.  Ms. Porter is a faculty member of the Illinois Professional Responsibility Institute which teaches law practice management to attorneys. She is also been involved in many professional and community organizations in the City of Chicago.



Practice areas


  1. Bankruptcy & Debt: 50%
    29 years
  2. Real Estate: 25%
    29 years
  3. Business: 25%
    29 years



Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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    Jordan Gunn Chapter 7 Bankruptcy Attorney
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  • Judy A. Goldstein

    Although I do not know Ms. Porter personally, I have read and learned from her responses on Avvo for a number of years. She is always professional, concise and knowledgeable. I have no doubt about her legal skills and would not hesitate to refer clients to her.


    Judy Goldstein Divorce & Separation Attorney
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Contact info

Porter Law Network

230 W Monroe St Ste 240
Chicago, IL, 60606-4730


ILActive And Authorized To Practice Law198411/12/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Principal AttorneyPorter Law Network1999 - 2013
Association namePosition nameDuration
Union League Club of ChicagoPublic Affairs Committee Member2015 - Present
National Association of Professional WomenVIP Member2013 - Present
American Bankruptcy InstituteN/A2012 - 2012
Illinois State Bar AssociationN/A2008 - Present
Chicago Bar AssociationN/A2008 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Bucktown Station, LLCResolution reached with principal creditor
J, LLCResolution reached with principal lender
Randolph/Ada, LLCCase concluded after sale of project
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Michigan Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1982
Kean UniversityPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1979
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Chicago Chapter EventLegal Tips for Start-Ups2014
Chicago Bar Association, Asset Protection CommitteeBankruptcy Case Law Update2010
Chicago Bar Association, Solo/Small Firm Practitioners CommitteeRetainers vs Reasonableness2008