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KAREN WINNER is in private practice as an attorney in New York. She is also 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.)
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, on a wide variety of topics. Karen has considerable experience in litigating financial and property issues including financial fraud claims, arising from marital relationships. 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 also provides advice and preventive strategies for people to solve their legal problems in order to avoid the pitfalls of court.
Karen has extensive knowledge about attorney-client disputes and has represented both sides in these disputes. She also has extensive experience advising spouses of their rights through the divorce process. 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.
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