Karen Karabinos has been litigating cases for more the 35 years, with the last 24 primarily focused on the complexities of property insurance law. She also represents clients with family law issues, including divorce and child custody issues, and assists her individual clients to resolve the family issues with her domestic relations team, which consists of accountants, financial advisors, and therapists.
With regard to her insurance practice, she has successfully handled more than 80 trials and hearings and annually conducts approximately 50 depositions and examinations under oath. She works to know her client’s business strategy and goals, which allows her to partner with her clients in efficiently investigating and adjusting property claims and in defending her clients in coverage, bad faith, arson, fraud, cyber and property damage cases. She represents clients in Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee and Alabama.
She is often a featured speaker at meetings of The Metro Fire Investigators Association, Southern Loss Association, and the International Association of Special Investigation Units, Georgia and Alabama Chapters.
Karen is a faculty member for the Claims & Litigation Management Alliance (formerly, Council on Litigation Management), instructing students on the basics of litigation management. She has received an AV Preeminent Rating from Martindale Hubbell for her high ethical standards and professionalism.
She is active in Defense Research Institute (“DRI”) and the International Association of Defense counsel (“IADC”), two leading defense organizations, where she serves in various roles including the publication and marketing committees in DRI as well as the cyber and substantive law committees in IADC. She will be speaking at DRI’s Women in the Law Seminar in January 2019 on “Cover Claims, Bad Faith Disputes and What’s in the Claim File.”
Mercer University, Walter F. George School of Law, J.D., 1986, with honors
Auburn University, B.A., 1983, with honors
All Georgia State and Federal Courts
USDC Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Georgia
All Texas State and Federal Courts
ALM CyberSecure Conference Advisory Board
2019 Board Member
Atlanta Bar Association
Claims & Litigation Management Alliance, Insurance Fraud Committee and Bad Faith Committee
Defense Research Institute
Women in the Law Committee
Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel
Georgia Defense Lawyers Association
Chair of Women Litigators Section
Insurance Professionals of Atlanta
International Association of Defense Counsel
Vice Chair of Diversity to Vice-Chair of Property/First Party for the Insurance and Reinsurance Committee
Metro Fire Investigator Association
Related News, Publications & Presentations
COVID-19 and First Party Property Claims. DEFining the Law Podcast. S1E1. August 2020.
Seepage or Leakage: What Coverage Exists for the First 13 Days? Drew Eckl & Farnham Journal, Vol. 32, No. 189. January 2020.
The Debate Involving Depreciation of Labor Cost Continues. Publication and Presentations. October 2019
Karen Karabinos named DRI Women in the Law Committee's September 2019 "WITL Champion". Publications and Presentations. October 2019.
Partner Karen Karabinos Invited to Join the FDCC. Firm News. June 2019.
Partner Karen Karabinos to Speak at 2019 CLM Southeast Conference. Publications and Presentations. June 2019.
Karen Karabinos Serves on ALM's Cybersecure Conference Advisory Board. Firm News. February 2019.
Karen Karabinos and Eric Mull Appointed Leadership Positions in IADC. Firm News. October 2018.
Partner Karen Karabinos Speaking at DRI Women in the Law Seminar. Publications and Presentations. October 2018.
Defeating Reptilian Tactics in First-Party Insurance Cases. Strafford Webinar. June 2018.
"Cyber Coverage May Be Affected by New and Traditional Defenses." Karen Karabinos and Eric R. Mull DRI The Voice Newsletter. May 2018.
Partner Karen Karabinos has joined the International Association of Defense Counsel. Firm News. March 2018.
"Watch Out! The Reptile Theory Is Slithering into First-Party Property Cases." DRI Newsletter of Insurance Law Committee. March 2018.
Can An Insured's Execution of An Authorization for Release of Information Satisfy A Insured's Duties Following A Loss?. Karen Karabinos. Drew Eckl & Farnham Journal. Vol. 29 No. 167. September 2016.
"Commercial and Residential Roof Issues". Presentation with attorneys Eric Mull and Sarah Smith at the Quarterly Property Breakfast Seminar Series at the Georgia Farm Bureau in Macon, Georgia. February 2016.
Author, "Fraud Squad. Is There Fraud Hidden in Your Insured’s Receipts?" Claims Management, November 2013.
“Anticipation of Litigation Protection For Claim Files.” Karen K. Karabinos. Drew Eckl & Farnham Journal, Vol. 24, No. 139. January 2012.
Author, “Gaming The System: Bankruptcy Petitions May Contain Evidence of Fraud and Invoke Judicial Estoppel,” Claims Management, November 22, 2012.
"Month: Can An Insurer Defend A Denial Of A Claim For When The Insured's Damaged Property Was Not Listed In The Insured's Bankruptcy Petition?" Drew Eckl & Farnham Journal, Vol. 21, No. 121. January 2012.
“Department of Insurance Changes To Suit Limitations Periods Cannot Be Applied Retroactively.” Drew Eckl & Farnham Journal, Vol. 20, No. 120. January 2009.
“Is The Dwelling The Insured’s Residence?” Drew Eckl & Farnham Journal, Vol. 19, No. 113. September 2007.
“Atlanta Federal District Court Upholds One-Year Suit Limitation in Mold Case.” Drew Eckl & Farnham Journal, Vol. 19, No. 109. January 2007.
“Insurance Commissioner Issues Emergency Rule Regarding Suit Limitations Contained in Policies.” Karen K. Karabinos. Drew Eckl & Farnham Journal, Vol. 18, No. 104. March 2006.
“Eleventh Circuit Appeals Court Upholds Traditional Definition of Household in Liability Policy.” Karen K. Karabinos. Drew Eckl & Farnham Journal, Vol. 17, No. 101. September 2005.
“Has the Insured Filed Bankruptcy?” Karen K. Karabinos. Drew Eckl & Farnham Journal, Vol. 16, No. 95. September 2004.
“Mold – Another Offensive Four Letter Word?” Karen K. Karabinos. Drew Eckl & Farnham Journal, Vol. 15, No. 89. September 2003
“Are E-mails Between Attorneys and Clients Protected By The Attorney-Client Privilege?” Karen K. Karabinos. Drew Eckl & Farnham Journal, Vol. 13, No. 77. September 2001.
“Georgia Appeals Court Again Declines To Recognize an Independent Action For Spoliation of the Evidence.” Karen K. Karabinos. Drew Eckl & Farnham Journal, Vol. 12, No. 71. September 2000.