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Karen Schuller Boardman

Intellectual property Attorney at Charlotte, NC

5.0   22 reviews

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Karen Schuller Boardman graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a bachelor’s degree in History and Political Science. After undergraduate studies, Karen spent eight years working as an intellectual property paralegal, continuing to work full-time while attending law school in the evening at North Carolina Central University School of Law. Karen is licensed to practice in Tennessee and North Carolina.

Karen advises both emerging and established business and creative clients in protecting their intellectual property through trademarks and copyrights, with a registration rate of at least 95%. Karen counsels businesses on entity formation, contract drafting and negotiation, sales transactions, and other day-to-day operational matters. Karen assists nonprofits with organization and tax-exempt status applications, as well as their intellectual property and business needs. Karen works with clients on estate planning, as well as handing administration of estates in probate.

Originally from New Jersey, Karen attended Providence Senior High School in Charlotte. After living in the Triangle area of North Carolina for 24 years, Karen recently moved back to the Queen City in 2018 to join Sellers, Ayers, Dortch & Lyons, P.A. She and her husband Adam live with their dog Abigail in South Charlotte.

Licensed for 16 years
State NC
Status Active
Acquired 2009
Updated 10/03/2022
State TN
Status Active
Acquired 2006
Updated 11/18/2022

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Ascension Law
5821 Fairview Road, Suite 500
Charlotte, NC, 28209

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Posted by Susan | August 4, 2021
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Exceptional Guidance in Difficult Times
I reside in Virginia, and after the unexpected death of my mother in North Carolina, I needed to find legal guidance to assist me with Estate processes in NC. Karen provided expert advice, guidance, and direction through all aspects of the process. She and her team are professional, conscientious, knowledgeable, and trustworthy. During a very difficult period in my life, I consider myself extremely fortunate to have found Karen - a trusted expert.
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Posted by Jim Grant | July 19, 2021
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Good experience
Good experience with Karen handling our estate matters and my business matters.
Posted by Adrianne | May 18, 2021
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Corporation and Estate Law
We feel so lucky to have been introduced to Karen for our estate law needs and corporate needs. After moving to NC from California, we needed guidance in estate law planning, and in setting up a corporate entity in NC. Karen truly went above and beyond. In no uncertain terms, she went out of her way to get us what we needed. Not only was her skill and professionalism exemplary, her kindness and compassion was ever present. We are grateful to have Karen as our attorney, and recommend her highly without hesitation.
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Posted by Craig | October 10, 2020
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Very good trademark attorney
Karen Boardman assisted me in the registration of my trademark. From the first time I met with Karen I felt confident that I was being advised correctly, and in accordance with the law. Karen answered all my questions and provided me with options and guidance throughout the process. Karen was very friendly, efficient, and professional and I have no hesitation in referring Karen to anyone looking for legal advice regarding trademarks.
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Posted by Bernard | August 27, 2020
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Excellent and Committed Attorney
I was very impressed and pleased with the work Attorney Karen Boardman did to help our church organization achieve 501c3 status. She was very professional and committed to the task. She would consistently get back with us during the application process in a very timely manner. I highly recommend Attorney Karen Boardman for her exceptional legal services.
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Posted by Elizabeth | August 25, 2020
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Good Job with our SCorp Records and LLC Creation
Karen Boardman helped our family's SCorp update our corporate records about 8 months ago. She was personable, easy to communicate with, and through the work of her and her office staff, we now have the backlog of corporate paperwork legally "straightened up". She also set up the legal structure for our new LLC and was helpful in answerering our many emailed questions for a very reasonable fee. I can easily recommend her services.
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Posted by Hanna | August 21, 2020
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Karen Boardman
As I was searching for an attorney to assist with estate planning and creating a will, my financial advisor at Morgan Stanley highly recommended Karen Boardman at Sellers, Ayers, Dortch & Lyons. I cannot express enough how grateful I was for the recommendation. Karen brings much expertise and knowledge, as well as being extremely thorough. I've been postponing this task for a very long time, as I had no idea where to start and the thought of writing my will was depressing. Karen made the experience delightful and honestly, very simple. Karen is truly a joy to work with, very honest and personable- highly recommended! Thank you Karen for everything, Hanna A.
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Posted by Anna-Rhesa | August 18, 2020
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Friendly and Thoughtful
I met Karen through a local professional network and liked how approachable she was about ideas and questions. When I decided to create my own business, Karen was thoughtful and attentive to details in establishing Versola Studios LLC. Today, I have what I need to continue to grow my business in the Durham-Chapel Hill area.
Posted by Darrell | August 16, 2020
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Helpful Lawyers
Karen was recommended by a trusted professional fried when I was first setting up my business. Karen has been very helpful in answering simple questions and not charging for every novice question I had. She has also been very timely in her responses and helped me set up my contracts in just a few days. Karen and the firm treats all their clients large or small with the same respect and importance.
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Posted by Tasha | August 14, 2020
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Author
I appreciate Karen’s professionalism, timely responses, and guidance through the trademarking process. Starting a business can be overwhelming so it helps having Karen guide me in the best direction for long-term success!
Posted by Jonathan | August 13, 2020
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Trademark submission
Mrs. Boardman did an excellent job of assisting me to complete and submit the documents needed for my business trademark.
Posted by Jonathon | August 13, 2020
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Contracts, Reincorporation, and IP protection
My company Vocable Communications reached out to Ms. Boardman needing help drawing up contracts for client engagements. After speaking with her and hearing first hand her knowledge and expertise, we decided to hire her as a test to create a contract template. She talked to us about what our new business was to better understand what kind of protections would need to be in our contract and suggested additional items we weren't aware of. We had such a good experience with her that we hired her for help reincorporating in NC, which led us to having her review our operating agreement. She found some spots in our OA that needed buttoning up and helped us navigate a disgruntled partner. Now we use her services for all our legal needs including independent contractor agreements, IP protection, and new client contracts. Overall she has consistently exceeded our expectations with every interaction and done so efficiently and professionally. I highly recommend her.
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Posted by anonymous | August 12, 2020
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Helpful and Lovely
Karen helped me trademark my logo and name. I came in with no knowledge and they walked me through the entire process. Very helpful!
Posted by Kelley | August 11, 2020
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Business Owner
Karen is extremely informative and helpful! I started a business and knew I needed certain legal items taken care of. Karen took great care of me. Fully recommend!
Posted by anonymous | August 11, 2020
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Excellent attorney!
I am extremely pleased with Karen Boardman's efforts and the services she provided to me. As a new small business owner, I was nervous about my pursuits and how to proceed. She met with me via a convenient zoom platform and listened to my thoughts and concerns and provided insightful answers and guidance. She is pleasant and easy to speak with. She was very responsive and her services were high yield and a good value. I highly recommend her!
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Posted by Doug | August 11, 2020
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Trademark submission
Very responsive. Very knowledgeable. Made the process very easy to complete. I could not be more satisfied with Karen's work on my behalf. I highly recommend her and the firm she works for as I have been a client of theirs for two+ decades.
Posted by Robert | August 11, 2020
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Great experience setting up my LLC
Karen helped me set up my LLC. She had a lot of experience specific to my business and advised me about items I had not considered. This was my first LLC so it was really helpful to have competent counsel to guide me through. The process was quick and tailored to my specific needs. I feel confident my business is well protected and that I can focus on running it.
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Posted by anonymous | August 10, 2020
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J&BB
Karen was wonderful, professional and extremely informative settling our family estate. The process went quite quickly and she was very responsive anytime we had a question. The law firm has been excellent in all areas we have needed their help over the past two decades.
Posted by Anne | August 10, 2020
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Outstanding, professional, prompt service
From our first phone call, Karen handled every detail of registering our nonprofit in NC with professionalism and promptness. She was quick to respond and kept me informed every step along the way. I'd love to work with her again and highly recommend her.
Posted by Steve | August 10, 2020
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Responsive and knowledgeable
My firm contracted with Karen to help us sort through some intellectual property issues. Karen was recommended to us by one of her peers (who is also a law professor) - and we could not be happier. Karen is responsive and really helpful, and I would recommend her to anyone.
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AVVO RATING 6.6 (Good)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Ascension Law
  • 2022 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Sellers, Ayers, Dortch & Lyons, P.A.
  • 2019 - 2022
  • Attorney
  • Kincaid & Associates, PLLC
  • 2011 - 2018
  • Litigation Manager
  • Coats & Bennett, PLLC
  • 2007 - 2011
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Education

  • North Carolina Central University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2006
  • University of North Carolina
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1998

Associations

  • Mel Miller Foundation
  • Board Member
  • 2021 - Present
  • Mecklenburg County Bar
  • 2019 - Present
  • Business Sorority
  • Membership Chair
  • 2019 - Present
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • 2006 - Present
  • Business & Professional Women of the Triangle
  • Treasurer
  • 2014 - 2018
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Dean's Leadership Award
  • North Carolina Central University School of Law
  • 2006

Publications

  • 30 N.C. CENT. L. REV. 75
  • North Carolina v. Bryant: Paving the Way for a Comprehensive National Sex Offender Registry
  • 2007

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Charlotte Intellectual property Lawyer Karen Schuller Boardman
Karen Schuller Boardman
Intellectual property Attorney
Charlotte, NC
Licensed for 16 years