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Karen S. Gersten

Divorce and separation Attorney at West Hartford, CT

4.9   49 reviews

Licensed for 32 years

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27 years of helping people navigate the legal arena of divorce, custody and other family matters through litigation, mediation or collaborative processes - depending on your unique circumstances. I'm here to help you.

Licensed for 32 years
State CT
Status Active
Acquired 1990
Updated 11/28/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Gersten & Gersten, LLP

Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
  49 customer reviews
Posted by anonymous | April 30, 2019
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The Never Ending Divorce
Talk about going into a mess and coming out clean on the other side. I went through a DIY divorce a few years back and when the ex came back asking for more I knew I needed help. Karen's name was recommended to me and was described as a "shark" (pretty sure I never told Karen that!). Karen was calm under pressure and had a quick response to every angle thrown at us. She shows genuine care for her clients and takes pride in her position. Not only did I come away better than expected financially, I now have more time with my kids and was able to save the kids from a long drawn out CPS evaluation. My sincerest thanks goes to Karen...
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Posted by Eric | March 27, 2019
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Worth Every Penny!!
I cannot speak more highly of Karen's services. I was married for only 3 years and I had a 2 year old little girl. I will spare you the details but my ex wife was trying to keep me from seeing my daughter. Not only am I pleased with the financial outcome, but the only reason I am able to be apart of my daughter's life is because of Karen and the GAL she hired. I would highly recommend Karen as a divorce attorney.
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Posted by Heather | December 6, 2022
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Classy and genuine
Attorney Gersten is simply a classy and well respected professional in the field of family law. She is a quick read on situations and works efficiently with a genuine concern for and management of clients’ costs. She is well connected with other experts and makes sound recommendations to resolve family matters. She is not your stereotypical lawyer. I wish I could give more that five stars.
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Posted by Heather D | November 10, 2022
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Brilliant
Professional, smart, compassionate, hardworking. Grateful for her services.
Posted by Budd | November 8, 2022
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Outstanding Divorce Attorney Highly Recommend
Attorney Gersten is simply the best divorce attorney, hands down. She is an excellent litigator able to overcome her opponents in the court room. She is well versed in current law and her years of experience provided me with outstanding counsel and advice. Attorney Gersten has fair rates with accurate accounting practices detailing how she spends time on your case. I higher recommend Attorney Karen Gersten for your legal matters.
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Posted by Charles | August 25, 2022
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Skewered For Life
Almost 20 years ago, Attorney Karen S. Gersten represented my now ex wife, to whom I had been married for almost 25 years at the time. In summary, my ex was awarded lifetime alimony in access of $20K per year, half my retirement, half my 401k, half the equity in our home, and half of my lifetime savings. I'm now 78 years old and retired. I have been paying $20K yearly alimony for almost 20 years with no end in sight. My ex gets half of my pension, AND from what is left for me, I have to pay the alimony. My ex is now retired and is over 66 years old; so, she also receives half of my Social Security payments. As the result of this divorce, my ex is enjoying a financial windfall, while I am in financial ruins, and will be for the rest of my life All I can say to my ex and Attorney Karen S. Gersten is, "Well played!". A perfect plan was well executed. I don't know what my ex paid to be represented by Attorney Karen S. Gersten, but my my ex has collected substantially more than $400K from me since our divorce ($20K yearly times 20 years), and that amount is growing annually. My point is this. If you are seeking a divorce, and you want to skewer your husband for the rest of his life, Attorney Karen S. Gersten is the attorney you want to hire.
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Posted by Andrew | May 2, 2022
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Outstanding representation
I hired Karen to help me file for changes to my previous child custody affidavit from a tough divorce several years back. At the time I went initially I did not have an Attorney and the child custody arrangement was very restrictive towards me and over the years became quite inaccurate as I have been keeping my child for more and more time. Karen helped me file everything and obtain sole custody of my child and the cancellation of my required child support payments. Karen was very professional and extremely quick to respond at any point whenever I had questions or needed to get her advice and recommendations because the situation has been constantly changing recently. Karen is definitely someone I would recommend hiring, it was huge benefit to have her guidance and expertise throughout the progression of my case. The entire situation went much smoother than I ever could have expected or hoped for.
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Posted by Kimberly | February 23, 2022
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The only lawyer you want is Karen!
I did a lot of research before choosing an attorney and when I met Karen I knew she was going to give me the best representation. I had a very contentious divorce but I felt at ease with Karen. She knows when to put her velvet glove on and when to bring an iron fist. She’s not only a stellar attorney but she has a heart of gold. You get the best of both worlds with Karen. She gets it done. Not alot of long talk - only facts. No game playing - only facts. She knows the law, knows how to articulate the law and will have your back all the way. She’s the one you want in your corner.
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Posted by anonymous | February 11, 2022
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I'm with her!
Karen has represented me in divorce and post-divorce matters over a five-year period. From the beginning of the process when I was confused and lost, she showed me a path forward. Through all the tedious, numerous court appearances and battles along the way to negotiating a reasonable resolution, Karen has consistently represented my best interests, knowing when to fight for me, when to challenge me and when to look for a resolution. I trust her judgment and her “no non-sense” advice. She has credibility with the Court, and she knows how to get things done. She is well prepared for court appearances. She is cool-headed, detail oriented and she can think on her feet. She replies promptly when I need her attention. Her office staff is pleasant, professional, helpful, and effective. I'm grateful for having her in my corner. She’ll be my attorney as long as I have to be a client!
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Posted by Mike | November 9, 2021
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Excellent Experience, Great Outcome
I hired Karen to handle my divorce. She is clearly very knowledgeable, and made the process as painless as could be while getting me a great outcome. She remained calm (and helped me do the same) when my ex-wife's attorney was making things more difficult than they needed to be. She was great about focusing me on the things that actually mattered for my case, while helping me ignore the parts that didn't. She thoroughly explained every step of the process, and her rationale for how we should approach it. It was clear she knew not just the legal aspects, but also the personalities involved and how to most effectively interact with them. In the end she got me a MUCH better outcome than I even thought was possible. I would recommend her without hesitation.
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Posted by anonymous | October 6, 2021
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A Standing Ovation
On May 7, 2018 the wonderful life that I thought that I had completely disintegrated. My husband of 33 years, who was in complete control of our family’s finances, revealed to me that he hadn’t filed our state or federal income taxes for the previous 3 years. Over the next month I discovered that the taxes were but the tip of the financial disaster iceberg. There was massive credit card debt. Our beautiful, treasured home where we lived happily and well for the last 24 years was over mortgaged and ‘under water’. There were no other assets, save one, a life insurance policy which had been heavily borrowed against. And, there was missing cash, many thousands of dollars of missing cash that my husband was withdrawing weekly. We were beyond broke. On my 67th birthday my husband confessed that the cash was being spent on drugs, cocaine that he was purchasing from a prostitute. He went into rehab for six weeks. I spent the next 2 years trying to save my husband, his job, our home, our finances, our life. This was to no avail. On March 9, 2020, he relapsed with crack cocaine. Then Covid 19 happened. It was the day before the Covid Lockdown began that I asked a dear and trusted friend if she knew of a good divorce lawyer. She offered Karen Gersten’s card. Karen and I had our first consultation meeting and every one thereafter by video. Even though separated by the wall of technology I felt heard, supported, protected and safe. Karen inspires confidence. I can not speak highly enough or praise sufficiently her professionalism and her knowledge of her craft. Karen and her office staff are personable, caring, and efficient. There have been a few instances throughout this horrific experience when I have felt that my prayers were answered. Having Karen Gersten as my attorney was one, the most important one. After a long and requiring 14 months Attorney Karen Gersten secured the best possible outcome for me in my divorce. Karen had said to me, “I can’t get you back what you’ve lost.” I knew that. It was unachievable, but I felt as though Karen really wished that she could. She came as close as humanly possible. Attorney Karen Gersten has my heartfelt thanks and my highest recommendation.
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Posted by anonymous | May 24, 2021
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Superhero
Karen is an absolute super hero. She is knowledgeable, EXTREMELY patient, understanding and above all a great person. She makes you feel as if you are her top priority. She does not back down from any challenge, and she sure had one with my divorce. When it felt like I was losing hope, she kept reminding me to be strong and to carry on. I don't know how she did it, but she was finally able to get my divorce final from a very abusive ex to not only myself, but my children. We are finally safe and at peace because of her, and we will forever be grateful.
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Posted by Marien | May 6, 2021
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'The' Legal Warrior You Need!
The arduous task of marriage dissolution, along with the division of assets, or other legal matters requires a Champion in your corner. Karen is such an Attorney who will lead the challenge with expertise & precision; With a strong reputation for success and proficiency within practice areas, diverse legal subjects and asset protection, Attorney Gersten and the Law Firm of Gersten & Gersten provides the best outcome, and eases your legal challenges. I highly recommend Karen S. Gersten as a respected, experienced and kind attorney to assist you to the other side of your legal matter with success.
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Posted by anonymous | March 9, 2021
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Great Lawyer and Great Results
When I was going through my divorce, Karen was recommended to me and was an excellent recommendation. She always had the best interest in mind for my children and I while her experience of the legal system provide the best outcome based on my situation. Kare is calm, knowledgeable and has a presence in a court setting that reassured she was the right lawyer in my case. I would highly recommend her without hesitation.
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Posted by anonymous | July 20, 2020
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Simply the best
Looking for a a heavy hitter Karen is your choice !!. Way to many good things to list about Karen. Went through child custody battle with my Ex. Ex was offering little to no time with our child had no choice but to get a lawyer and thank god I was recommended Karen. Karen does not buckle under pressure she is a shark when it comes for fighting for you. She knows what she is doing very very well. Never felt uncomfortable with her fighting for me. She takes control of the room when she is in there and always had our sons best intrest in mind. Would use her again and again in a heart beat!!! Thank you so much Karen for having my son in my life
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Response from Karen Gersten July 21, 2020
Thank you for the very nice review. So glad we met and that I could help you. Karen
Posted by Lorraine | February 24, 2020
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Best Divorce Lawyer Ever
In 1994 Karen was a brand new lawyer. I had a difficult case. She fought hard for me and my ex finally gave in. She was always available for any questions I had. She's the best!
Posted by Audrey | January 2, 2020
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Divorce
Karen represented me during my recent complicated divorce. She was extremely professional, knowledgeable, patient and supportive throughout the whole process. Due to Karen's tenacity, integrity, experience and hard work, I received a settlement much greater than I had expected or anticipated. Without any reservations, I would highly recommend Karen to represent you.
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Posted by anonymous | November 14, 2019
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Exceptional attorney
It has been quite difficult for me to articulate in words what to write for this review. I was fed up with my previous divorce attorney, I did not quite understand legal matters and implications, I have no legal background at all. My first impression of Karen was calm, controlled and extremely knowledgeable. She listened to everything I had to say, was honest, did not provide false hope. She helped me see the big picture and not fight for low hanging fruit. She heard everything I said and much more what I did not or could not articulate. She laid out the plan for me and told me what to expect. She was never in a hurry and did not make me feel compelled to make any particular decision, while given her astute legal counsel. She was excellent in communication. She asked how I was faring through the divorce process, she was genuinely interested in my case, and to her it was not just another case. I believe we were divinely meant to work together. I was never at loss about what step in the process we were in, nor was I ever surprised by anything. I could rest and worry less because I had a caring, smart exceptionally knowledgeable attorney. I remember thinking, I met Wonder woman in the flesh! This I know to be true. Divorce is never pleasant, but when you have an attorney like Karen, the hurt is so much less and you have confidence that it will all be well. Truly the best- inside and out. She is my Wonder woman!
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Posted by anonymous | August 16, 2019
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Excellent attorney. Definitely use her for divorce proceedings.
Karen is understanding, caring, knowledgeable and professional. I retained her to help with several post-settlement issues because my other attorney had retired. She was highly recommended by friends because of her ability to "tell it like it is" and I couldn't agree more with their assessment. Karen knew how to handle a stressful and difficult situation while advising how to keep emotions in check. I would recommend her without hesitation.
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Posted by Michelle | February 1, 2019
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Five Stars is Not Enough
I was having some issues with my ex from our divorce three years ago which, if he got his way, would have a devastating impact on my son and I. I had met with another attorney who basically told me that I was out of luck. I went to Karen on the recommendation of a friend of a friend who couldn't say enough great things about her. My first impression of Karen was that she was very confident, competent, professional and to the point. She reviewed what I had to show her and I left her office feeling optimistic that she could help me. Everything was handled professionally by her and her staff and when it came time to go to court, we ended up on the winning side. She and her staff never seemed bothered by my hundreds of questions and were always very friendly and accommodating. She was a pleasure to deal with and without her, I'm not sure how things would have turned out. I plan to use her again when it comes time to modify my alimony. I truly can not recommend her highly enough. Five stars is not enough.
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AVVO RATING 9.7 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Gersten & Gersten, LLP
  • 1990 - 2018

Education

  • Suffolk University Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1990
  • Clark University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1987

Associations

  • Hartford County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1995 - Present
  • Connecticut Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1990 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2022
  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2021
  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2020
  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2017
  • CT Top Lawyer
  • Top Lawyers of America
  • 2016
  • BV Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2015
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2011
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Speaking Engagements

  • Divorce in Connecticut
  • Teacher
  • 2000

Attorney endorsements

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Divorce and separation Attorney | Dec 21
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse Attorney Karen Gersten for her professional expertise, knowledge and dedication to practice of family law. Her attention to this demanding area of law, excellent reputation and genuine dedication to the client's needs would be greatly appreciated by any prospective client."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Dec 14
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Karen is a very experience and thorough lawyer who supports her clients and works reasonably with opposing counsel to find solutions whenever possible."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Mar 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Mar 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation