Advocating in Court, Providing Legal Advice & Independent Investigations  

KAREN WINNER is in private practice as an attorney. 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 dedicates her general litigation practice to representing those who have been exploited, defrauded, or harmed in consumer, business and family matters. She also provides advice and preventive strategies for people to solve their legal problems in order to avoid the pitfalls of court.  She has experience handling  breach of fiduciary duty and elder abuse claims. She  has extensive experience in  financial and property issues arising from the marital relationship and in attorney-client disputes and has represented both sides.  She also has experience representing people financially damaged by their own attorneys — legal malpractice claims. With her analytic and journalist background, Karen has extensive experience in providing 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.

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.” Karen’s testimony before the New York Statewide Commission on Lawyer Discipline in 2015, is below.

Karen Winner is credited with writing the original Statement of Client Rights that all New York divorce attorneys are required to provide to their clients.

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. 

Financial Fraud in Divorce

Before she became a lawyer, Karen Winner first gained national attention for her extraordinary hard-hitting investigations on behalf of victims of lawyer abuse and legal fee exploitation.

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High Net Worth Divorce

One partner’s ongoing dominance can potentially do substantial harm to the other’s economic prospects well before the marriage begins to fail.

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Speaking Engagements

Author Karen Winner Esq. testifies before the New York Commission on Statewide Attorney Discipline in 2015. Karen is available for speaking engagements.

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Karen Winner conducts live seminars in New York and online focusing on legal matters in the areas of divorce and more.

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Karen's Book

Karen Winner’s groundbreaking exposé of the flagrant denials of due process and judicial abuses inflicted on women in our family courts is a clarion call for legislative action." - U.S. CONGRESSMAN JERROLD NADLER

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Attorney-Client Disputes

If the client who hired the lawyer in the video above had first hired us to check the lawyer's retainer agreement, she would not have been charged more than $300 an hour for faxing.

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