In 2014, Karen rejoined Smith Sovik as a partner after working as a principal law clerk for sixteen years for the Hon. Norman A. Mordue, United States District Judge for the Northern District of New York.
While working for Judge Mordue, Karen researched and wrote hundreds of decisions and assisted in numerous criminal and civil jury trials on issues including employment discrimination, civil rights, federal agency regulatory matters, patent and copyright disputes, and all other types of civil litigation falling under the court’s diversity jurisdiction.
Karen now focuses her work on insurance coverage issues, complex federal and state litigation and appellate advocacy in all areas of civil litigation including Labor Law and employment discrimination matters, civil rights actions, breach of contract, professional malpractice, premises liability, products liability, toxic tort and motor vehicle accidents.
Recently, Karen has been successful in obtaining summary judgment on a number of complex, multi-party matters in State and Federal court for an engineering firm, a trucking company, a school district and a state agency.
Karen has been recognized as a top attorney for Civil Litigation Defense in the Upstate New York Super Lawyers List.