Karen Frink Wolf
Firm:
Verrill Dana LLP
Phone:(207) 253-4484
Address: One Portland Square
Portland, ME 4112

Membership: Membershipsfellow and Maine Chairperson, American College of Trial Lawyers Maine State Bar Association New Hampshire Bar Association American Bar Association Defense Research Institute, Business Suit First Circuit Editor Maine Trial Lawyers Ass
University: University of New Hampshire, B.A., magna cum laude, 1982, Phi Beta Kappa, Syracuse University College of Law, J.D., 1985
Admitted: 1985, Maine; 1985, New Hampshire; 1986, U.S. District Court for the District of Maine; 2013, U.S. District Court for the District of Vermont; 1992, U.S. Court of Appeals (First Circuit); 2006, U.S. Court of Appeals (Second Circuit); 1986, U.S.
Biography: Karen is known as go-to litigation counsel for physicians, hospitals and health care professionals, for whom she regularly achieves tremendous results at panel hearings, board reviews, and trial. She prides herself in fully understanding the complex medical issues, meticulous analysis and preparation, and compassion for her clients navigating unfamiliar adversarial waters. Karen's professional liability practice is rounded out with defense of accountants, attorneys, and business professionals in court and before boards and ethics organizations. She also likes to roll up her sleeves for businesses involved in complex commercial litigation. The medical arm of Karen's work is in parallel with her defense of pharmaceutical companies in drug and device litigation. She tried two of only a handful of cases to proceed to trial nationally on behalf of the Dalkon Shield Claimants Trust, following bankruptcy of the product's manufacturer, defeating claims of fraud and achieving defense verdicts. Karen also maintains a high stakes domestic relations practice, and is in high demand as a mediator, referee and arbitrator in this area. Drawing on her years of experience and success as a trial lawyer, her ability to work with challenging personalities and her sense of creative problem solving, Karen has helped litigants find common ground in the most difficult cases. Karen is committed to the ideal of equal access to the justice system for all citizens, including the right to strong advocacy by legal counsel. She is a four time recipient of the Pro Bono Publico Award for her representation of low-income family law litigants through the Volunteer Lawyers Project. Karen has been recognized as Katahdin Counsel, a designation earned by providing at least 50 hours of pro bono service in a year, by the Maine Supreme Judicial Court each year since the inception of the Katahdin Counsel Recognition Program in 2012.While her practice seems varied, if not eclectic, Karen simply loves the courtroom and is passionate about the law. Karen began her legal career in 1985 at Friedman Gaythwaite Wolf, and her firm merged with Verrill Dana in 2013. Prior to her law career, she was a legislative intern for the late U.S. Senator Warren B. Rudman. Karen considers her 2012 induction as a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers as one of her proudest professional moments. ACTL is a by-invitation organization for those who have mastered the art of advocacy and whose professional careers are marked by the highest standards of professionalism and collegiality. She is the Chairperson of the First Circuit Advisory Committee on Rules, Chairperson of the Federal Practice Section of the Maine State Bar Association, member of the U.S. Magistrate Judge Merit Selection Panel, and member of the Maine Civil Rules Advisory Committee. Karen has spent much of her free time over the past couple of decades in an ice rink. Karen's daughter, Chloe, was a member of the U.S. Figure Skating Team and national ice dance champion at the Novice level, who after hanging up her skates, graduated from Duke University. Her son, Nate, a freshman Echols Scholar at the University of Virginia, played hockey for Falmouth High School and was a Debate Academic All-American. Karen co-coaches the four-peat State Championship Falmouth Debate Team, another full time job and labor of love. HonorsAV Rated by Martindale-HubbellRecognized in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business under Litigation: Medical Malpractice & InsuranceRecognized by Best Lawyers as the 2015 Portland, Maine Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Lawyer of the Year Listed in The Best Lawyers in America under Commercial Litigation, Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants, Professional Malpractice Law - DefendantsSelected as one of the Top 50 Women by New England Super LawyersSelected by peers for inclusion in New England Super Lawyers under Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Defense, Business Litigation, Alternative Dispute Resolution Named as one of the Top 250 Women in Litigation by Benchmark Litigation in 2016Named a Local Litigation Star for General Commercial and Professional Liability by Benchmark Litigation Received Katahdin Counsel Recognition for Pro Bono efforts (2015)Publications March 20, 2015 DRI Business Suit First Circuit Update - March 2015 Published Works Karen Wolf and Nora Schmitt February 2014 DRI Business Suit First Circuit Update - February 2014 Published Works November 2013 DRI Business Suit First Circuit Update - November 2013 Published Works October 17, 2013 Medical Malpractice and the Electronic Medical Record Seminar Materials Karen Wolf August 2013 DRI Business Suit First Circuit Update - August 2013 Published Works Karen Wolf April 2013 DRI Business Suit First Circuit Update - April 2013 Published Works Karen Wolf Fall 2011 DRI Business Suit First Circuit Update - Fall 2011 Published Works Karen Wolf and Marie Mueller March 2011 DRI Business Suit First Circuit Update - March 2011 Published Works Karen Wolf and Brett Leland November 2010 DRI Business Suit First Circuit Update - November 2010 Published Works Karen Wolf and Brett Leland July 2010 DRI Business Suit First Circuit Update - July 2010 Published Works Karen Wolf October 2009 DRI Business Suit First Circuit Update - October 2009 Published Works Karen Wolf June 2009 DRI Business Suit First Circuit Update - June 2009 Published Works Karen Wolf and Brett Leland January 2008 DRI Business Suit First Circuit Update - January 2008 Published Works Karen Wolf 1984 - 2013 Karen Frink Wolf Select Publications Published Works Karen Wolf News November 18, 2015 Nine Verrill Dana Attorneys Recognized in 2016 Benchmark Litigation Press Releases Scott D. Anderson, Harold J. Friedman, Martha C. Gaythwaite, James G. Goggin, A. Robert Ruesch, Timothy R. Shannon, Frank J. Silvestri, Jr., Rachel M. Wertheimer, Karen Frink Wolf July 25, 2015 Martha Gaythwaite and Karen Wolf Among Top 250 Women in Litigation Press Releases Martha C. Gaythwaite, Karen Frink Wolf November 7, 2014 Verrill Dana Attorneys Honored for Pro Bono Service Press Releases Tawny L. Alvarez, Janet V. Britton, Braden M. Clement, Roger A. Clement, Jr., Seth S. Coburn, Michael J. Donlan, Jonathan M. Dunitz, Katie M. Gray, Colin W. Hay, Nathaniel R. Hull, Nora Lawrence Schmitt, Christopher S. Lockman, Andreea S. Richard, Melanie H. Stevens, Rachel M. Wertheimer, Karen Frink Wolf November 4, 2014 Verrill Dana is Most Highly Recognized Firm in Maine in 2015 Benchmark Litigation Press Releases Scott D. Anderson, Charles P. Bacall, Harold J. Friedman, Martha C. Gaythwaite, James G. Goggin, A. Robert Ruesch, Timothy R. Shannon, Rachel M. Wertheimer, Karen Frink Wolf August 21, 2014 Verrill Dana Attorneys in Nine Practice Areas Named “Lawyers of the Year” Press Releases Eric D. Altholz, Lisa S. Boehm, Juliet T. Browne, Roger A. Clement, Jr., Kurt E. Klebe, William C. Knowles, Alan D. MacEwan, David E. Warren, Karen Frink Wolf November 4, 2013 Two Verrill Dana Attorneys Recognized as Among the Best in New England Press Releases Harold J. Friedman, Karen Frink Wolf October 3, 2013 Karen Frink Wolf Recognized as One of the “Top 250 Women in Litigation” Press Releases Karen Frink Wolf September 13, 2013 Verrill Dana Litigators Recognized in Benchmark Litigation 2013 Edition Press Releases Charles P. Bacall, James G. Goggin, Karen Frink Wolf Events January 23, 2015 Like OMG: Word Crimes and Other Misdemeanors - Legal Writing in the Age of Texting, Chatting, Email, and Other Failures to Communicate Speaking Engagements Jonathan M. Dunitz, Karen Frink Wolf November 17, 2014 NNESHRM Annual Meeting and Education Day Speaking Engagements Karen Frink Wolf June 27, 2014 The Valuation Conundrum: Making Sense of the Legal, Factual, and Accounting Concepts in Divorce Speaking Engagements Jonathan M. Dunitz, Karen Frink Wolf May 22, 2014 Maternity and Paternity Leave 101 Speaking Engagements Karen Frink Wolf January 31, 2014 Effective Cross-Examination of Lay & Expert Witnesses Speaking Engagements Karen Frink Wolf October 25, 2013 Who's Who Among Maine Divorce Professionals Speaking Engagements Karen Frink Wolf October 17, 2013 Medical Malpractice and the Electronic Medical Record Speaking Engagements Karen Frink Wolf 1999 - 2013 Karen Frink Wolf Select Presentations Speaking Engagements Karen Frink WolfBar Fellowship: American College of Trial LawyersAV Rated by Martindale-HubbellRanked in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for BusinessBest Lawyers 2015 Portland-ME Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Lawyer of the Year”Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2016.Listed as one of the Top 250 Women in Litigation in the 2016 edition of Benchmark Litigation. Local Litigation Star in the 2016 edition of Benchmark Litigation.Selected as one of the Top 50 Women by New England Super Lawyers.Selected for inclusion in the 2015 issue of Super Lawyers & Rising Stars . Member: Memberships fellow and Maine Chairperson, American College of Trial Lawyers Maine State Bar Association New Hampshire Bar Association American Bar Association Defense Research Institute, Business Suit First Circuit Editor Maine Trial Lawyers Association Maine Association of Mediators International Association of Mediators Fellow: American College of Trial LawyersAV Rated by Martindale-HubbellRanked in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for BusinessBest Lawyers 2015 Portland-ME Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Lawyer of the Year”Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2016.Listed as one of the Top 250 Women in Litigation in the 2014 edition of Benchmark Litigation. Local Litigation Star in the 2015 edition of Benchmark Litigation.Selected as one of the Top 50 Women by New England Super Lawyers.Selected for inclusion in the 2014 issue of Super Lawyers & Rising Stars . Member: Memberships fellow and Maine Chairperson, American College of Trial Lawyers Maine State Bar Association New Hampshire Bar Association American Bar Association Defense Research Institute, Business Suit First Circuit Editor Maine Trial Lawyers Association Maine Association of Mediators International Association of Mediators Fellow: and Maine Chairperson, American College of Trial LawyersMaine State Bar AssociationNew Hampshire Bar AssociationAmerican Bar AssociationDefense Research Institute, Business Suit First Circuit EditorMaine Trial Lawyers AssociationMaine Association of MediatorsInternational Association of Mediators Fellow: of the American College of Trial Lawyers as one of her proudest professional moments. ACTL is a by-invitation organization for those who have mastered the art of advocacy and whose professional careers are marked by the highest standards of professionalism and collegiality. She is the Chairperson of the First Circuit Advisory Committee on Rules, Chairperson of the Federal Practice Section of the Maine State Bar Association, member of the U.S. Magistrate Judge Merit Selection Panel, and member of the Maine Civil Rules Advisory Committee.Karen and her attorney husband, Alan Wolf, have spent much of their free time over the past couple of decades in an ice rink. Karen's daughter, Chloe, was a member of the U.S. Figure Skating Team and national ice dance champion at the Novice level, who after hanging up her skates, graduated from Duke University. Her son, Nate, plays hockey for Falmouth High School, and is an Academic All American for debate and member of the three-peat State Championship Falmouth Debate Team. Karen co-coaches the Falmouth High School Debate Team, which is another full-time job that she loves.HonorsAV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell Recognized in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business under Litigation: Medical Malpractice& Insurance Selected as one of the Top 50 Women by New England Super Lawyers? Selected by peers for inclusion in New England Super Lawyers? under Personal Injury Defense: Medical Malpractice, Business Litigation, Alternative Dispute ResolutionNamed as one of the Top 250 Women in Litigation by Benchmark Litigation in 2013 Named a 2013 Local Litigation Star by Benchmark Litigation.comNewsNovember 4, 2013 Two Verrill Dana Attorneys Recognized as Among the Best in New EnglandPress ReleasesHarold J. Friedman , Karen Frink WolfOctober 3, 2013 Karen Frink Wolf Recognized as One of the Top 250 Women in LitigationPress ReleasesKaren Frink WolfSeptember 13, 2013 Verrill Dana Litigators Recognized in Benchmark Litigation 2013 EditionPress ReleasesCharles P. Bacall , Chris A. Caseiro , James G. Goggin , Karen Frink WolfEventsJanuary 31, 2014 Effective Cross-Examination of Lay & Expert WitnessesSpeaking EngagementsKaren Frink WolfOctober 25, 2013 Who's Who Among Maine Divorce ProfessionalsSpeaking EngagementsKaren Frink WolfOctober 17, 2013 Medical Malpractice and the Electronic Medical RecordSpeaking EngagementsKaren Frink Wolf1999 - 2013Karen Frink Wolf Select PresentationsSpeaking EngagementsKaren Frink WolfPublicationsFebruary 2014DRI Business Suite First Circuit Update - February 2014 Published ArticlesNovember 2013DRI Business Suit First Circuit Update - November 2013 Published ArticlesOctober 17, 2013 Medical Malpractice and the Electronic Medical Record Seminar MaterialsKaren WolfAugust 2013DRI Business Suit First Circuit Update - August 2013 Published ArticlesKaren WolfApril 2013DRI Business Suit First Circuit Update - April 2013 Published ArticlesKaren WolfFall 2011DRI Business Suit First Circuit Update - Fall 2011 Published ArticlesKaren Wolf and Marie MuellerMarch 2011DRI Business Suit First Circuit Update - March 2011 Published ArticlesKaren Wolf and Brett LelandNovember 2010DRI Business Suit First Circuit Update - November 2010 Published ArticlesKaren Wolf and Brett LelandJuly 2010DRI Business Suit First Circuit Update - July 2010 Published ArticlesKaren WolfOctober 2009DRI Business Suit First Circuit Update - October 2009 Published ArticlesKaren WolfJune 2009DRI Business Suit First Circuit Update - June 2009 Published ArticlesKaren Wolf and Brett LelandJanuary 2008DRI Business Suit First Circuit Update - January 2008 Published ArticlesKaren Wolf1984 - 2013Karen Frink Wolf Select Publications Published ArticlesKaren Wolf