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|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Wisconsin SuperLawyer||Milwaukee Magazine||2013|
|Wisconsin SuperLawyer||Milwaukee Magazine||2012|
|Wisconsin SuperLawyer||Milwaukee Magazine||2011|
|Wisconsin SuperLawyer||Law & Politics Magazine||2008|
|Outstanding Service to the Board||Collaborative Family Law Council of Wisconsin||2007|
|Wisconsin SuperLawyer||Law & Politics Magazine||2007|
|Wisconsin SuperLawyer Rising Star||Law & Politics Magazine||2006|
|Family Law Attorney||Jacobson Legal Group||2004 - Present|
|Attorney||Zimmerman & Steber Legal Group||2000 - 2003|
|Attorney||Mingo & Yankala||1997 - 2000|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Collaborative Foundation of Wisconsin||President||2013 - Present|
|International Academy of Collaborative Professionals||Member||2004 - Present|
|Collaborative Family Law Council of Wisconsin||Member||2003 - Present|
|Association for Women Lawyers||Member||1994 - Present|
|Collaborative Family Law Council of Wisconsin||Public Education Committee Chair||2005 - 2007|
|University of Pennsylvania||French/Russian language/literature||BA||1989|
|Domestic Violence Litigation: Practical and Legal Consequences||Ethical Considerations for Lawyers Representing Domestic Violence Victims||2011|
|Volunteer Lawyers Project||“Mediation and Negotiation in the Resolution of Custody and Placement Cases”||2010|
|Guardian ad Litem Training||“This Doesn’t Make Sense: Interpreting and Understanding the Behavior of the DV Client”||2009|
|Eight Annual Guardian Ad Litem Update||“Domestic Violence and Supervised Placement Issues"||2009|
|Domestic Abuse Seminar||"This Doesn’t Make Sense: Interpreting and Understanding the Behavior of the Domestic Violence Client and the Abuser”||2009|
Posted by Mike
I was looking for an attorney to work through a difficult situation fairly while at the same time protecting mine and my children's interest. Karen was that attorney. She represented my children's interests very well. She is organized, intelligent and thorough. If it's important for you to have a lawyer who is the smartest person in the room and who will make sure the difficult divorce process is handled fairly and professionally, I would highly recommend Ms. Youso.
Posted by Don
Karyn was able to jump right into my case on short notice and provide excellent representation. She was always available and responsive via email and phone. She addressed all of my concerns to make sure I was protected from the intricacies of my situation. During high emotional times, she was able to provide a sense of calmness. I appreciated her candidness as we worked through adversarial issues to keep moving forward to come to an agreeable outcome.
I would highly recommend Karyn.
Posted by anonymous
If an attorney is to be judged by results, then based on my experience, Ms. Youso should receive the lowest rating possible. The results that I received from her representation couldn't have been worse. She is so enamored by the collaborative process that she misses obvious warning signs of potential problems and issues that a more skilled, psychologically attuned attorney would be able to observe and then proactively navigate. There were times when I scratched my head and wondered to myself -- who is she really advocating for here? We all have our blind spots and Ms. Youso is no exception. In my opinion, she has an inflated opinion of her ability to read people, understand complicated psychological dynamics, manage clients, and negotiate effectively. A little more humility and integrity and a little less hubris and narrow-mindedness on her part would be a step in the right direction.
Hiring an attorney is a tough decision to make -- especially because it is very difficult and costly to pivot away from a wrong decision. That being said, I would advise anyone who asks that it would most likely be in their best interest to seek counsel other than Ms. Youso.
As a final note -- the decision to enter the collaborative process is also one that shouldn't be made lightly. In theory it works because it is based on the assumption that both parties have the desire to collaborate and the maturity to follow through on that commitment to collaborate. If that assumption has the potential to be violated then it is probably wise to utilize the more enforceable resources that the court system can provide through litigation.
Eric Zaeske, Divorce and separation Attorney
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
I endorse this lawyer. Karyn is a gifted attorney. She is always fully prepared and has absolute command of the necessary facts and history of the case. She strongly believes that negotiated resolutions that are mutually beneficial to all sides are not only possible, but preferable. Thus she seeks out solutions rather than conflict. Karyn is highly regarded and highly recommended.