University of Michigan Law School, J.D., 2001
Dartmouth College, B.A., cum laude, 1998
Karen Rose Krehbiel focuses her practice on all aspects of family law proceedings, including child custody matters, parenting agreements, the negotiation and preparation of marital settlement agreements, asset valuations, mediation, and trials. Although accustomed to working in high conflict situations, Karen is known for guiding her clients with a calm and reasonable approach.
Karen is experienced in litigation, but more often relies upon mediation and arbitration as a means to most effectively and discreetly resolve disputes.
Karen’s achievements in the practice of family law have been recognized in the business and legal community. In 2015, Karen was selected by Crain’s Chicago Business for inclusion in its well known “40 Under 40” list. During the same year, Karen was also named one of the “40 Illinois Attorneys Under Forty to Watch” by the Law Bulletin Publishing Company. In 2013, 2015 and 2016 she was chosen to the list of Rising Stars by Illinois Super Lawyers. She has also been named to the peer-recommended Leading Lawyers Network every year since 2013.
Karen came to Berger Schatz with a commercial and securities litigation background, which she gained as an associate in the litigation department of Milbank Tweed Hadley & McCloy in New York City. Karen also previously practiced family law at the law firm of Skoloff & Wolfe in Livingston, New Jersey.
Karen’s interest in family law stemmed from her experience in representing neglected and abused children, first as a law school student and then as a volunteer at Lawyers for Children, a non-profit legal organization based in New York City.
Karen has written on family law topics including an analysis of the collaborative law approach to divorce, and has participated in the drafting of chapters on parenting plans and enforcement of parenting time for a book for judges published by the National Interdisciplinary Colloquium on Child Custody Law.
Karen currently serves on the board of High Jump, the Women’s Board of Rush University Medical Center, and is active in various philanthropic causes in Chicago.
Karen is a member of the American Bar Association and the Illinois State Bar Association.
Karen is admitted to practice in Illinois.
“Collaborative Law — The Potential Downside of the Latest Trend in Marital Dissolution,” G/P Solo Law Trends and News, Family Law, American Bar Association, May 2005