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Over 40 years in full time legal practice, including nine with a major New York City law firm, seven as Associate Counsel for a financial institution in Miami, FL, a year organizing a Florida chartered commercial bank, six months as part-time General Legal Counsel to a national bank in Miami, and the remainder affiliated with law firms of all sizes and in solo law practice throughout South Florida. 


Legal services to privately owned businesses, investors in public and privately owned companies, not-for-profit entities such as non-governmental organizations, banks and other financial institutions, and auctioneers and auction businesses. 


Forensic consulting and litigation support regarding corporate/llc/not-for-profit entity governance, securities law, fiduciary duty, and legal ethics, including legal malpractice. 


Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Dispute Resolution Arbitrator. 


Published author and seminar speaker regarding mergers and acquisitions, securities law, opinion letter standards, limited liability company governance and fiduciary duty, not-for-profit entity law and legal ethics. 


Instructor in law schools and paralegal studies programs occasionally.


Areas of Concentration: Mergers, acquisitions, sales, exchanges, conversions, reorganizations, dissolutions, business transaction, commercial transactions; corporation and limited liability company governance; fiduciary duty; shareholders, member, owner, operating, limited liability company, partnership, voting, sale restriction, option, subscription, investor, confidentiality, non-competition, non-solicitation, dissolution, separation, licensing, distribution, agency, employment, independent contractor, vendor, customer, operational business agreements and commercial agreements; personnel policy manuals; commercial lending and investment; auctioneers and auction businesses; legal ethics.



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Practice areas


  1. LLC: 35%
    19 years
  2. Contracts: 25%
    43 years
  3. Ethics: 20%
    10 years
  4. Corporate: 15%
    43 years
  5. Banking: 5%
    43 years



Hourly ($250-500/hour)

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    Jacob Givner Real estate Attorney
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    Ms. Orlin worked for me for a period of five years while I was General Counsel in a corporate setting. During that entire time I found her to be an extremely bright attorney with excellent technical skills in the area of corporate and securities matters. Her integrity is above reproach. She brings a wealth of previous experience that always added value to the assignment at hand. I do not hesitate, in fact it is my honor, to recommend Ms. Orlin to those in need of legal services within her areas of expertise.


    Alan Goldstein
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Contact info

Karen J. Orlin P.L.

P. O. Box 430620
Miami, FL, 33243

2655 LeJeune Road
Suite 500
Coral Gables, FL, 33134



FLMember in Good Standing198206/20/2016
NYCurrently registered 197307/10/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
South Florida's Top Rated Lawyers of 2015ALM2015
Who's Who in America (64th-70th Editions)The Marquis Who's Who2015
Who's Who in the World (28th-33rd Editions)The Marquis Who's Who2015
Florida Legal Elite (TM)Florida Trend Magazine2010
Leadership/Service, Executive CouncilThe Florida Bar, Business Law Section, Executive Council2009
Leadership/Service, Chair, Corporations CommitteeThe Florida Bar, Business Law Section, Executive Council2006
AV Preeminent(R) Peer Review Rated (footnote (R)1994
Graduate Assistant and "Chairman of the Board"Dale Carnegie & Associates, Inc.1989
Phi Beta KappaUniversity of Pennsylvania Chapter1968
Mortar Board SocietyUniversity of Pennsylvania Chapter1968
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing MemberKaren J. Orlin P.L.2006 - Present
AttorneySee website linking resume1972 - 2011
Association namePosition nameDuration
New York City Bar Association, Professional Responsibility CommitteeN/A2015 - Present
American Bar Association, Business Law Section, Professional Responsibility CommitteeMember2013 - Present
Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA)Dispute Resolution Arbitrator2012 - Present
New York City Bar AssociationMember2009 - Present
Broward County Bar Association, Solo/Small Law Firm Networking GroupMember2006 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1996 - Present
American Bar Association, Business Law SectionMember1996 - Present
Florida Bar, Business Law SectionMember1982 - Present
See website linking resumeN/AN/A
New York City Bar Association, Small Law Firm CommitteeMember2013 - 2015
New York City Bar Association, Corporate Mentoring CircleCo-chair2012 - 2016
Florida Bar, Relations with Public Accountants CommitteeVice-Chair2007 - 2008
Florida Bar, Relations with Public Accountants CommitteeMember2005 - 2008
Florida Bar, Business Law Section, Corporations, Securities and Financial Services CommitteeChair2004 - 2006
Florida Bar, Professional Ethics CommitteeMember1999 - 2006
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Beach BankCharter granted and operations commenced
Lovell Farms Inc. and Hines Horticulture, Inc.Closing of Sale to Hines Horticulture, Inc.
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Publication nameTitleDate
http://www.orlinlaw.comThe Advantages and Disadvantages of Forming a Florida Limited Liability Company (LLC) Versus a Florida Corporation2015
http://www.orlinlaw.comThe Title "Managing Member" under The Florida Revised Limited Liability Company Act2015
http://www.orlinlaw.comArticles of Organization and Operating Agreement Provisions Modifying Default Provisions of New York Limited Liability Company Law2013
National Business Institute SeminarUnderstanding The World of Minority Rights and Fiduciary Obligations2011
National Business Institute SeminarWalking the Ethical Line2011
The Florida Bar Business Law JournalFlorida Not For Profit Corporation Act 2009 Amendments2010
The Quarterly Report, Business Law Section, The Florida BarAnother Spin on "Spinning"2005
The Quarterly Report, Business Law Section, The Florida BarHedges Clipped by SEC1997
See website linking resumeVariousN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Harvard University Law SchoolN/AJD - Juris Doctor1972
University of PennsylvaniaMathematicsA.B. summa cum laude1969
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Paralegal Studies ProgramLegal Research Analysis and Writing2012
National Business Institute SeminarWalking the Ethical Line2011
National Business Institute SeminarUnderstanding The World of Minority Rights and Fiduciary Obligations2011
Legal Aspects of Starting a New BusinessBasic corporate, limited liability company and business law2009
Effective Board Leadership for Not for Profit OrganizationsLegal Issues2009
Mastering Mergers and AcquisitionsMergers and Acquisitions2008
Mergers, Acquisitions and ConversionsMergers and Acquisitions2002
Corporations LawGeneral business entities law for law students2002