CIVIL APPELLATE AND TRIAL PRACTICE: Karen J. Haas, Esq. has handled appeals in all appellate districts of Florida, including the Florida Supreme Court; and the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit. She appears before trial courts, state and federal, throughout Florida. The foundation of the firm’s appellate/trial practice is wrongful death and personal injury law, including medical malpractice, products and premises liability, bad faith and insurance law. The firm provides concierge appellate/trial support services to select plaintiff’s trial attorneys.
Ms. Haas has over two-decades of experience and knowledge that can maximize the monetary value of a case, and put it in the best possible posture for trial, appeal, or settlement. It takes a particularly effective and staunch advocate to pursue or defend a lawsuit on behalf of an individual or small business whether against one party, multiple parties, or the legal team of a Fortune 500 Company.
Over the years, our firm has obtained more than 100 reported appellate opinions in the Florida Supreme Court and each of the appellate districts, including many significant victories and precedent-setting decisions. We use the latest trial technology and up-to-date research tools for a competitive edge in each case.
Appealing a case requires a mastery of not only the facts, but the latest developments in the relevant areas of law. Ms. Haas' appellate experience allows her to stay up-to-date on the law and other issues affecting a case.
In addition to appeals, we assist attorneys and their clients with jurisdiction, summary judgment motions, and evidentiary issues at all stages of a case, from early motions through resolution. We frequently partner with out-of-state attorneys who are looking for experienced, knowledgeable support in Florida courts.
Ms. Haas is a tenacious and fearless litigator in trial courts or on appeal. We represent clients with business or civil litigation: plaintiffs and defendants in breach of contract claims, arbitration objections, business torts and fraud, and intellectual property. With a background in the automobile business prior to becoming a lawyer, Ms. Haas is a skillful negotiator who when faced with a high stakes consumer protection issues, know how to solve problems quickly.
Ms. Haas also handles complex marital or family law litigation and appeals. Given her strength in complex litigation and record of success resolving business disputes, Ms. Haas is especially adept at representing business owners and professionals in high-income divorce and other family law matters. She works with a skilled paralegal to provide accessible, responsive service in these high-stakes cases.
Languages spoken: German, Spanish, English
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I highly endorse this lawyer. Karen J. Haas came highly recommended by a respected colleague. She is a very effective attorney who has provided exemplary co-counsel and trial support for my family law practice. Her services also involve civil practice in state and federal courts. She has over two decades of experience and knowledge that can maximize the best outcome of a case by putting it in the best possible posture for trial, appeal, or settlement.
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|FL||Member in Good Standing||1986||06/19/2016|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Leading Florida Attorney in area of Civil Appellate Law||American Research Corporation||1997|
|AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||1994|
|Adjunct Professor||University of Miami School of Law||1989|
|Law Review||University of Miami School of Law||1989|
|Order of Coif||University of Miami||1986|
|George Gold Scholar||University of Miami||1986|
|Owner||Law Offices of Karen J. Haas||1990 - Present|
|Associate||Marlow, Shofi, Connell, Valerius, et al||1987 - 1990|
|Assistant State Attorney||State Attorney's Office, 11th Judicial Circuit, Miami, FL||1986 - 1987|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Florida Bar, Family Law Section||Member||2015 - Present|
|Florida Bar, Appellate Practice Section||Member||2008 - Present|
|American Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Association of Trial Lawyers of America||Member||N/A|
|Florida Justice Association||Chair, Appellate Practice Section||2012 - 2013|
|Florida Justice Association||Vice-Chair, Appellate Practice Section||2011 - 2012|
|Florida Justice Association, Appellate Practice Section||Member, Board||2009 - 2011|
|Dade County Trial Lawyers Association||Board of Directors||1993 - 1994|
|Florida Justice Association, Amicus Briefs Committee||Member||1990 - 1996|
|Florida Association for Women Lawyers, Amicus Briefs Committee||Member||1990 - 1996|
|Dade County Bar Association, Appellate Court Committee||Member||1988 - 1994|
|BP Products N.A. v. Alvarez, 25 So. 3d 567 (Fla. 3d DCA 2010)||On eve of trial, with punitive damages going to jury, case settled.|
|Seraphin v. Paparella, 489 F. Supp. 2d 1354 (S. D. Fla. 2007)||N/A|
|Walt Disney World v. Blalock, 640 So. 2d 1156 (Fla. 4th DCA 1994)||Won at trial, appeal by Disney, new trial, case settled.|
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|University of Miami School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor -- Magna Cum Laude||1986|
|University of Michigan Law School||Political Philosophy||BA - Bachelor of Arts -- With High Distinction, Magna Cum Laude||1983|
|Winter Ski CLE Seminar||Punitive Damages||2009|