Karen has a general commercial real estate practice with a concentration in representing for-profit and non-profit organizations, financial institutions and quasi-public agencies in HUD and Fannie Mae-financed developments, federal and state low income housing tax credit, historic tax credit and tax-exempt bond financed projects, New Markets Tax Credit developments and "Comprehensive Permit" projects under Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 40B. She also has extensive experience structuring complex, multi-tiered and multi-phased projects using creative land use tools such as condominiums, air-rights and ground leases.

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Massachusetts
  • U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts 


  • J.D., Boston University School of Law
  • B.A., cum laudePhi Beta Kappa, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Community Engagement

  • Boston Bar Association, Co-Chair Real Estate Section, 2020-2021
  • American Bar Association, Forum on Affordable Housing, past Chair of Senior Housing Committee, 1997-present
  • Boston Bar Association, Past Co-Chair of Affordable Housing Subcommittee of Real Estate Section
  • CREW/Boston, Member of Housing & Community Development Group
  • Lawyers' Clearinghouse on Affordable Housing and Homelessness, Board Member and Past President, 1997-2012, 2019
  • Women's Bar Foundation of Massachusetts, Inc., Past President and Trustee, 2001-2005
  • Women's Bar Association of Massachusetts, Past President, 1989-1990
  • Town of Brookline, Housing Advisory Board, 2012-2018
  • LeadBoston Class of 2004-2005

Awards & Honors

  • Best Lawyers in America® (2017, 2019-2021)
  • The Legal 500 U.S. (2019)
  • Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, Top Women of Law (2016)
  • Massachusetts Super Lawyers (2004, 2014-2015)

Seminars & Presentations



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