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Karen Jackson Porter

Probate Attorney at Chicago, IL

5.0   16 reviews

also known as Karen J. Porter

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  • Licensed for 40 years
    State IL
    Acquired 1984
    Active and Authorized to Practice Law No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Karen

Learn Karen’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Probate
    I handle probate matters including guardianships for adults and decedents estates

    38 years

  2. Bankruptcy and debt
    I have been involved in more than 500 bankruptcy cases including chapter 11, chapter 13, chapter 7 and bankruptcy litigation proceedings.

    38 years

  3. Estate planning
    I handle estate planning for individuals that need wills, trusts and powers of attorneys

  4. Real estate
    I handle real estate transaction for buyers and sellers. I handle real estate disputes for clients.

    38 years



Karen J. Porter is the principal attorney of the Porter Law Network.  Ms. Porter has more than 30 years of experience representing clients in every aspect of bankruptcy law,  commercial litigation, real estate law and probate law.  Ms. Porter has a diverse client base of large corporations, lending institutions, small businesses and individuals. Ms. Porter was admitted to practice law in Michigan in 1982 and in Illinois in 1984. She is admitted to the federal courts in the Northern and Central Districts of Illinois.  She is a member of the Trial Bar of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.  Ms. Porter has been involved in more than 500 bankruptcy cases and adversary proceedings.  In the last few years, she has confirmed six chapter 11 plans of reorganization.  Ms. Porter is also a Guardian ad litem for disabled adults in the Probate Division of the Circuit Court of Cook County.




Distinguished Peer Review Rating
Top Contributor 2014,2013
Top Contributor
2014 2013


Porter Law Network
230 W Monroe St Ste 240
Chicago, IL, 60606-4730


5.0 / 5.0
  16 customer reviews
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Posted by Taylor Family | January 7, 2024
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Karen is a Excellent Lawyer very professional and tactful in her approach to our case she was very strategic in how she handled our case we are well pleased hire Karen porter you will not be disappointed.
Posted by Steven | February 17, 2023
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Positive experience
She was knowledgeable and helpful. She took the time and effort to understand my situation.
Posted by anonymous | February 10, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Mrs. Veronica Thomas
The communication was excellent. I was kept informed of every action. The process was explained to me. Everything was completely to my satisfaction. I will be specifically requesting Karen Porter for any of my needs she’s qualified to handle.
Posted by Lori | July 2, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Seamless process
Karen is incredibly thorough, timely and understanding to your needs. She made the process seamless and answered every question that I had in a timely manner. I would recommend her for your legal needs and am happy to have found her to assist. I looked into multiple lawyers before moving forward with Karen and was happy with my decision.
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Posted by Martha | October 3, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Knows the code inside and out!
I am so impressed with Karen’s knowledge of the bankruptcy code. She is very informed, hardworking, compassionate and knowledgeable attorney. Karen stays on top of all of her cases. She guides you through the entire process and makes sure you understand the law and the process. Thank you Karen.
Posted by Shelley | September 11, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Karen Porter Review
Provided prompt objective input and timely guidance to resolve matter. Professional great service.
Posted by Gary | April 4, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Extremely happy Client
Atty Porter was thorough, detail oriented and aggressive. All bases were covered. I was very pleased with the work done on my behalf. She had the heart of the situation understood as well as my desire for the appropriate outcome.
Posted by anonymous | June 18, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Knowledgeable, efficient, and kind.
Karen took me through my situation step by step and helped explain any questions i had and steered me toward the best plan of action in my situation. I cant recommend her enough.
Posted by anonymous | July 14, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Review for Karen Porter
Ms. Porter was my attorney for a personal bankruptcy. She provided clear information and recommendations so that I could make informed decisions. One thing that stood out for me was that she was timely in providing the necessary documentation and was on time for the hearing. She followed up often to make sure that I understood the process and followed up promptly to my phone calls. I would highly recommend her.
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Posted by Esther Sommerville | May 29, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Experienced, Knowledgable and Trustworthy
I was very pleased with the service of attorney Karen Porter. She has years of experience and is very knowledgeable . She is very , professional, organized, trustworthy and helpful. She made this bad circumstance for me into a less stressful matter for me. I highly recommend her if you need assistance with going through the bankruptcy process.
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Posted by Cheryl Dorsey | July 25, 2014
Terriffic attorney
Had a horrendous experience with a tenant who filed bankruptcy. This added a whole new and ugly wrinkle to an eviction case. Contacted Ms. Porter based on her AVVO profile. She spoke with me immediately about my problem. Karen Porter is worth her weight in gold. With me, she was really straddling two practice groups and was more than adept in both. She is very knowledgeable about the subject matter, held my hand through a very trying process and, most importantly, prevailed in my favor. Extremely professional, extremely helpful, and extremely great, in my opinion. I cannot recommend her highly enough.
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Posted by Pam | March 12, 2014
Karen Saved Me!
Karen took over my personal Chapter 11 case from another attorney who was a disaster. Karen straightened everything out and got me to a successful, confirmed plan. My personal Chapter 11 plan was confirmed today, only because of Karen. Don't know what I would have done without her. I highly recommend Karen.
Posted by ~1Teachu2~ | February 14, 2014
Emergency Bankruptcy!
Out of the three lawyers I consulted, Karen Porter made me feel the most comfortable in obtaining her services on filing bankruptcy. She immediately turned her focus on what my specific needs were and clearly wanted to figure out the root of my debt problems; she explained that she not only just file bankruptcy cases, but try to assist in preventing re-occurrence of future debt trouble. I would highly recommend Karen Porter's services, for she is very attentive towards her client's needs.
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Posted by Rebecca | July 29, 2013
One of the best lawyers I have retained - highly recommended
I have retained more than 5 lawyers in different areas of law within the past 3 years and Karen has been by far the best attorney I have retained. Not only is she knowledgeable in her area of law, she is honest and upfront in her advice. What has impressed me the most is her willingness to answer all questions, her prompt responses when ever she was contacted, quick to take action in my case to keep it moving along, and was always very easy to reach. I wish she worked in other areas of law so that I can retain her for all my legal needs!
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Posted by Robert | July 15, 2013
Relived Client
In 2010 my wife and me were faced with a sheriff sale on our house within 10 days, and financial disaster. A friend had told me about the Porter Law Firm and I called and arranged for a meeting with Ms. Karen Porter about our dire straits. Believe me it was a eye opening experience to hear about our options for chapter 11. The word Bankruptcy scared the hell out of us, but Ms. Porter was excellent in explaining all our options in every detail. Ms. Porter with us from start to finish, after 15 months, we saved our house and our bankruptcy case was dismissed. We highly recommend the Porter Law Firm A Very, Very Relived and Happy Client
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Posted by John | March 14, 2013
Karen Porter - Patiently helped us understand and complete our bankruptcy
Karen Porter really helped my wife and I through the bankruptcy process. She was patient and very good at explaining things we did not understand. She let us know what bankruptcy was and was not, the differences between Chapters 11 and 7, answered our questions by phone and email in a timely and helpful manner, kept us informed every step of the way, and brought the process to a successful conclusion. She made the whole thing much less scary, clearly knew what she was doing, and was well prepared and well received by the judge. Highly recommended.
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  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.9 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Principal Attorney
  • Porter Law Network
  • 1999 - Present
  • Guardian ad litem for Disabled Adults
  • Circuit Court Of Cook County, Probate Division
  • 2016 - 2017


  • University of Michigan Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1982
  • Kean University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1979

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Randolph/Ada, LLC
  • Case concluded after sale of project
  • Bucktown Station, LLC
  • Resolution reached with principal creditor
  • J, LLC
  • Resolution reached with principal lender


  • National Association of Professional Women
  • VIP Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • 2008 - Present
  • Chicago Bar Association
  • 2008 - Present
  • Union League Club of Chicago
  • Public Affairs Committee Member
  • 2015 - 2017
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Distinguished
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018

Speaking Engagements

  • Chicago Chapter Event
  • Legal Tips for Start-Ups
  • 2014
  • Chicago Bar Association, Asset Protection Committee
  • Bankruptcy Case Law Update
  • 2010
  • Chicago Bar Association, Solo/Small Firm Practitioners Committee
  • Retainers vs Reasonableness
  • 2008

Attorney endorsements

Received (17)
Given (10)
Endorse Karen
Unknown Attorney | Feb 20
Relationship: Other
"This lawyer provides insightful guidance here on Avvo. I endorse this lawyer."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Feb 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Although I do not know Ms. Porter personally, I have read and learned from her responses on Avvo for a number of years. She is always professional, concise and knowledgeable. I have no doubt about her legal skills and would not hesitate to refer clients to her."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Aug 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Feb 04
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have had the good fortune to work with Ms. Porter on a number of occasions. She is knowledgeable, diligent and easy to work with. I endorse Attorney Porter."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Nov 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have known Ms. Porter for many years (too many to put down). She is a well regarded lawyer. If you have the opportunity hire her."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Oct 04
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I unreservedly endorse this lawyer. I have referred clients to Karen and they were overwhelming pleased. Moreover, Karen has counselled me on several occasions involving bankruptcy proceedings my firm or I inadvertently found ourselves entangled in. Karen is THE go to lawyer on the topic, bar none, having served as a Staff Attorney for many years in the Federal Bankruptcy Courts prior to private practice."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Jul 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I know she is very knowledgeable in bankruptcy and does an excellent job representing her clients."
Chapter 11 bankruptcy Attorney | Jun 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Chapter 11 bankruptcy Attorney | May 22
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Apr 18
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Mar 28
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Chapter 7 bankruptcy Attorney | Mar 12
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. Karen displays that she is truly an expert in the bankuptcy field in her responses to posted questions on this site."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Mar 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Porter has given excellent and creative advise in her responses on Avvo. It is evident that she not only knows bankruptcy law, but knows its real world application and effectiveness to solve problems faced by those in distress. I wouldn't hesitate in referring clients to this attorney!"
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Mar 05
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Ms. Porter is a highly experienced bankruptcy attorney in both consumer and business matters. I recommend her as an excellent attorney."
Chapter 11 bankruptcy Attorney | Feb 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Porter always comes highly recommended from other bankruptcy attorneys, and is one of my preferred referral attorneys for my clients that may need Chapter 11 bankruptcy representation."
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Chapter 13 bankruptcy
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Bankruptcy and debt
Bankruptcy and debt
Chapter 13 bankruptcy
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Contracts and agreements
Commercial real estate
Chicago Probate Lawyer Karen Jackson Porter
Karen Jackson Porter
Probate Attorney
Chicago, IL
Licensed for 40 years
Virtual consultation available