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Author Karen Winner Esq. testifies before the New York Commission on Statewide Attorney Discipline in 2015. Karen is available for speaking engagements.Learn More
As an attorney, KAREN WINNER has saved and/or recovered millions of dollars in property and assets for spouses in divorce. She also advises spouses of their rights so they aren’t blindsided by the divorce process. Pre-divorce literacy is crucial for protecting assets through the divorce process. The system is not consumer friendly! Karen is the nationally-acclaimed author of the exposé, Divorced From Justice, (Harper Collins, 1996) and comes to the practice of law as an investigative journalist, legal consumer advocate, and government policy analyst for the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs. Karen’s trailblazing resulted in sweeping reforms to protect families in court from unscrupulous divorce lawyers, including banning divorce lawyers from foreclosing on clients’ homes for unpaid legal fees. Ms. Winner is the original author of the Statement of Client Rights (New York’s Court Rules, 22 NYCRR 1210.1), which all divorce lawyers are required to provide to clients. (Check out our Rights page to learn your rights.) Karen is also an adjunct professor at John Jay College, teaching the unique course she developed, “Financial Fraud in Divorce.”
Watch Karen’s testimony on the unhealthy secrecy in lawyer disciplinary matters, before the New York Statewide Commission on Lawyer Discipline (2015). (Look further below.)
In her law practice, Karen Winner has briefed multiple cases before the Supreme Court in New York and Appellate Divisions. Karen assembles a team when necessary, on complex issues. Often this litigation requires cutting through the opponents’ deceptions, evasions, and manipulative tactics to expose the facts.
Karen has extensive knowledge about attorney-client disputes and has represented both sides in these disputes. Karen has experience representing people financially damaged by their own attorneys — and has brought precedent-setting legal malpractice claims.
Karen dedicates her general litigation practice to representing those who have been exploited, defrauded, or harmed in consumer, business and family matters. Karen has handled breach of fiduciary duty claims and a few elder abuse claims, an area which greatly interests her. Karen has extensive experience in background investigation and in analyzing public records, and provides independent, objective investigations, as applied to business.
Karen only takes cases in which she believes she can make a difference for the client, either in the outcome of the case or the client’s experience as he or she makes the tough journey through the civil legal system.
Personal attention and dedication to the client’s cause are the hallmarks of Karen’s solo practice.
In addition to her law practice, Karen Winner has joined the faculty at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, in Manhattan, New York where she is teaching a unique course (the first ever of its kind) on financial fraud in divorce, and business law.
As a legal consumer advocate, Karen’s findings and her book, Divorced From Justice have been extensively quoted in the national press.
In the words of famed trial attorney Gerry Spence: “The failure of the justice system stands naked in this shiveringly revealing book by Karen Winner.”
When Ms. Winner served as a New York City Department of Consumer Affairs policy analyst, her work was credited with initiating historic, sweeping reforms in New York to curb the predatory practices of unscrupulous divorce attorneys, such as lawyers foreclosing on clients’ home for unpaid legal fees.
Karen Winner comes to the practice of law with extensive experience as an investigative reporter and analyst on complex government-legal matters. Check out our Published Findings Page for samples of her work.
Many women -- even those in high-powered financial positions -- make the mistake during marriage of ceding authority on financial issues to their husbands. For many women this life-lesson in divorce comes too late -- after they lose their entitled financial rights and investment assets. To avoid these poor outcomes, women contemplating divorce first need to cultivate awareness of risks and opportunities, and resilience to certain pressures they will invariably be faced with through the process of divorce. Women need to develop conscious use of these emotional tools, grounded on knowledge, before they call divorce lawyers -- that is, before the lawyers can exert undue influence and control over women’s own decision-making processes.Learn More
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