Very early in my social work career, I found I was facing the unthinkable: an OPD investigation. This was a very frightening period in my life and when the investigation first started, I was afraid to hire a lawyer although many gave me this suggestion. It wasn't until much later that I realized I needed to hire a lawyer. I went online, did some research, and came across Karen Halpern. From our first conversation, Karen proved that she was knowledgeable about OPD investigations. I knew that I had to hire her simply because of her vast experience and her understanding of how these investigations took place. She demonstrated that she cared by asking about my situation and learning more about it by giving me feedback. She showed professionalism and courtesy when I would contact her to ask questions about my case and she always responded. I appreciated that Karen has had experience defending various helping professionals: nurses, social workers, etc. I appreciate her empathy in my situation as I was new to the field. I appreciate her honesty about how OPD and OMIG work, and how she outlined a plan to help me keep my career. Because by the time I hired her, which was late into my investigation, I was fearful of losing everything I had worked hard for: my social work license. My situation ended on a wonderful note with my case being closed, no charges against me, and it is over now. However, I will always remember and be thankful that I hired Karen, and if anyone is ever in this situation, I would refer them to her as she knows the ins and outs, she's the main attorney working for you, and she strives to defend you and represent you as best as possible. She does a phenomenal job and my only regret is that I didn't hire her sooner in my situation. Thank you, Karen, for all you do. Having you as my attorney gave me peace of mind, especially at a time when there was so much uncertainty in my future as a new social worker.