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Karen Stolp Poirier

Family Attorney at Manchester, CT

4.7   9 reviews

also known as Supervising Family Attorney, Peterson Zamat, LLC, Law Offices of Karen Stolp Poirier

  • Licensed for 14 years
    State CT
    Acquired 2009
    Administrative Suspension Lawyer disciplined by state licensing authority in 2022

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2022. See details

About Karen

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Experienced in family law, criminal law, personal injury, landlord/tenant disputes, debt collection and debt collection defense.

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Karen Stolp Poirier
627 Main Street
Manchester, CT, 06040

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  9 customer reviews
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Posted by T & H | August 3, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent and very helpful!
We found Karen through a referral from a friend and she has been very professional and helpful with our case. Karen never hesitates to answers any questions we have, is very knowledgeable and provides the best details and service. We are very satisfied with the service so far and definitely rely on her throughout the entire process. Karen has been a huge support for us and we highly recommend her services!
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Posted by Crystal | September 23, 2015
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Professional, Responsive and Gets the Job Done!
I found Karen using this site (Avvo) and I was so happy to utilize her. She offered a free consultation, which never felt rushed. She took the time to answer all my questions, in a way that was thoughtful, professional and displayed her strength in the family law field. Karen, was always available. If I sent an e-mail, she would respond with in a few hours. She worked with me on a matter that could have been extremely challenging, but she developed a plan to create an effective gain for the best interest of my son. Karen was also accommodating in the way she received materials. I truly believe she was looking for a way to provide me services, but charge me fairly, therefore, she would allow me to scan documents to save time and money. I would highly recommend Karen to ANYONE looking for a family lawyer. She is experienced, kind, thoughtful and professional. Thank you Karen for all that you have done for me and my family!
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Posted by Crystal | September 14, 2014
Went above and beyond, We were all very impressed with her ability to negotitate a fair settlement for all
Karen is a true professional and very knowledgeable. She represented my family in a separation matter that was tough and difficult. She is efficient, skilled and a wonderful negotiator who knows her stuff and left no stone unturned. She was there for us every step of the way and kept us informed thru out the process. We were extremely satisfied I would highly recommend and hire her again. Thank you Karen from all of us.
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Posted by Jeff | August 18, 2014
Karen provided a very methodical plan of action. she provided options and fairness throughout the process while not backing down......thank you
Posted by Julieann | August 18, 2014
Brilliant Lawyer, Very Capable, Efficient, Honest, Ethical, Professional, Resourceful, Highly Recommended Competent Attorney
Attorney Karen Stolp Poirier was amazing. She handle every detail in my case with a professional attitude. Questions that I had were answered quickly with detail and respect. She spent time listening to my concerns and was a huge support system. Attorney Poirier is very smart & was wonderful at helping to reduce stress during a difficult period in my life. She is straightforward and fought every way possible for me. Attorney Karen Poirier is a great negotiator who is strong and stands her ground. I Highly recommend Attorney Poirier because she believed in me and together we had a great win.
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Posted by Carol | January 29, 2013
I purchased at auction, for investment purposes, a piece of art that was listed as an original. It actually, in fact, was a fake.. I returned the art work to the auction gallery and was given a refund check for the original amount, but the auctioneer put a stop payment on the check. For four months I tried to get my money back, with no results.. I contacted Karen Poirier in early December of 2012 and she was able to get me my money back within 2 weeks of her contact with the auction gallery. Karen is very professional and was always in contact with me. I would highly recommend her for any future legal needs. Thank you Karen from the bottom of my heart!!! A very satisfied client!!!!!
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Posted by anonymous | January 19, 2013
Very satisfied.
Attorney Poirier helped me with a couple different matters and I will continue to use her as my lawyer, as well as recommend her to others.
Posted by Heather | January 18, 2013
Highly Recommend!
Attorney Poirier has been my attorney through a very difficult time regarding child support and child custody and has gone above and beyond. I was not one of the easier clients as I was having a very hard time and had many many questions about everything going on but she handle it all. I trust her completely which to me was very important because it was my children's well being that was at stake. She is very knowledgeable and was always available whenever I needed her. I highly recommend her and her firm and will continue to use her whenever something else may arise.
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Posted by LaShonya | August 13, 2013
left hurt an struggling
I hired attorney Poirier for assistance in dealing with an alimony modification post judgement. It became a total nightmare dealing with her. She was more focused on the pending issues of a qudro than handling what I hired her for. She was terrible at being compassionate and failed to listen to my worries surrounding the case and failed to seek out the other parties information in regards to my modification. I cried on the phone to her but yet it still didn't matter all she did was basically tell me your wasting your time in persuing your case. With ally evidence presented I in fact did have a claim at Persuing one. She didn't hesitate to charge me for dealing with the qdro's. She didn't help with the qudro's either I figured out the problem with them on my own but she still didn't hesitate to charge me for NOTHING. disappointed!!
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Response from Karen Poirier September 17, 2013
It is worth noting that the other party was seeking sanctions against this client because of the client's failure to comply with court orders regarding the QDRO - so yes, it became a pressing issue that had to be dealt with first. Also worth noting that a good portion of this client' s retainer payment was returned to her once it was discovered through an investigation that there was no basis for a modification of alimony and fighting it in court would have been a waste of the client's money.
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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 50-200 per hour
  • Contingency 25%-33%
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.1 (Superb)

Professional misconduct

This lawyer was disciplined by a state licensing authority in 2022.

Interim Suspension issued in CT, 2022
updated on 01/05/2023

Interim suspension means an attorney lost his or her license to practice during a disciplinary investigation. The suspension typically expires when the investigation is resolved.

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Law Offices of Karen Stolp Poirier
  • 2016 - Present
  • Child Advocate
  • Manchester Superior Court
  • 2015 - Present
  • Partner
  • Holmes & Poirier
  • 2012 - Present
  • Associate
  • Trendowski & Allen
  • 2010 - 2012
  • Civil Court Clerk
  • Tolland Superior Court, State of Connecticut Judicial Branch
  • 2008 - 2010
  • Extern
  • Connecticut State's Attorney's Office
  • 2008 - 2008
  • Student Prosecutor
  • State of Massachusetts
  • 2007 - 2007
  • Intern
  • Pratt & Whitney
  • 2005 - 2007
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  • Western New England College School of Law
  • Juris Doctor
  • 2008
  • University of New Haven
  • Bachelor of Science
  • 2005

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Nadeau v. Barry
  • Ruling in favor of plaintiff mother.
  • Hartery v. Black Bear Hartford
  • Claim against bar withdrawn


  • United States Supreme Court
  • Admitted to practice
  • 2019 - Present
  • Connecticut Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2017 - Present
  • Manchester Republican Town Committee
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • U.S. District Court, District of Connecticut
  • Admitted to Practice
  • 2012 - Present
  • Middlesex County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - 2012
  • Old Saybrook Chamber of Commerce
  • Member
  • 2010 - 2012
  • Essex Board of Trade
  • Member
  • 2010 - 2012
  • Federalist Society
  • Vice President
  • 2005 - 2008
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • CALI - Food and Drug Law
  • Western New England College School of Law
  • 2004

Speaking Engagements

  • University of New Haven Convocation
  • College
  • 2010

Attorney endorsements

Received (8)
Given (31)
Endorse Karen
Family Attorney | Nov 15
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Feb 27
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Sep 08
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Oct 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Karen for years. She is a fantastic lawyer. She is an excellent advocate for her clients and possesses a solid understanding of the law and court procedures."
Unknown Attorney | Sep 12
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury Attorney | Feb 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jan 29
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Attorney Poirier has a proven record as a dedicated litigator for her clients. She also cultivates great relationships with clients and other attorneys."
Family Attorney | Jan 18
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
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