Since being admitted to the Vermont State Bar and the U.S. District Court of Vermont in 1999, Karen has worked with a countless number of clients who have been a victim of medical negligence. She works on a wide variety of cases including birth injury, wrongful death, diagnostic errors including, but not limited to cancer, spinal cord injuries and other orthopedic injuries, radiological malpractice, surgical errors and more. She focuses on medical malpractice cases and other personal injury claims where she applies her knowledge and expertise in the medical field and thus has been able to procure excellent results for her clients. In addition to her solo practice, Karen frequently co-counsels with Vermont and out-of-state lawyers.
Karen didn’t take a traditional path to becoming a lawyer, but the path she took did prepare her well for caring for her injured clients and their families. Before entering the legal profession, she worked as a maternal-child nurse, where she honed her interest and passion for the medical profession. As she moved into law as a paralegal, she developed a keen interest in medical research while providing support for the firm’s medical negligence, personal injury and wrongful death cases. These experiences helped Karen marry the technical aspects of medical cases with her desire to help and support her clients through what can be a trying time in their lives. It also helps to guide her core principles of civility and fairness throughout the process.
In her downtime, Karen is a distance runner, competing frequently in marathons and half marathons. She also enjoys spending time with her husband and 3 adult daughters. She graduated summa cum laude Johnson State College in 1996, and completed Vermont’s Law Office Study program and read for the Bar in 1999. She has presented for the Vermont Bar Association, Vermont Paralegal Organization and National Business Institute. Karen is a member of the Vermont Bar Association, Vermont Association for Justice and American Association for Justice. Karen is a past president of Vermont Association for Justice (formerly known as Vermont Trial Lawyers Association) and continues to sit on the board. She also is a current board of director for both RunVermont and Cancer Patient Support.
While in the stressful adversarial circumstances in which I found myself over the course of several years, my confidence in and respect for Karen Allen’s counsel only grew over time. To have my issue in her obviously caring and capable hands meant a great deal to me and I can recommend Karen with great appreciation and without reservation.