Karen Frink Wolf

Partner
T: (207) 253-4484
  • Syracuse University College of Law (J.D., 1985)
  • University of New Hampshire (B.A., 1982), magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

Highlights

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Over the past decade, Karen has become one of Maine’s premiere lawyers for high visibility professional negligence cases. She combines raw intelligence with a deep knowledge of the subject matter and an instinct for the jugular. Jurors love her because she is focused and efficient without ever being mean. She is a formidable adversary and a consummate professional.
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Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
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AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
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Ranked in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business
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Selected as one of the Top 50 Women by New England Super Lawyers.
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Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2018.
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Best Lawyers® 2015 Portland, ME Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants "Lawyer of the Year”
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Listed as one of the "Top 250 Women in Litigation" in the 2017 edition of Benchmark Litigation.
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"Local Litigation Star" in the 2017 edition of Benchmark Litigation.
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Selected for inclusion in the 2017 issue of Super Lawyers & Rising Stars©.

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. Karen is Chairperson of the Federal Practice Section of the Maine State Bar Association. She has also served on several Rules committees and been a member of the Federal Magistrate Merit Selection Panel. She is an Adjunct Professor of Pretrial Practice at the University of Maine School of Law.

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, an Echols Scholar at the University of Virginia, played hockey for Falmouth High School and was a Debate Academic All-American with his mother as his coach.

Best Lawyers Award Badge

Memberships

Fellow and former Maine Chairperson, American College of Trial Lawyers
Member, American College of Trial Lawyers Sandra Day O'Connor Jurist
    Award Committee
Diversity Liaison and Outreach Liaison, American College of Trial Lawyers,
    Maine State Committee
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

Education

  • Syracuse University College of Law (J.D., 1985)
  • University of New Hampshire (B.A., 1982), magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa

Bar Admissions

  • Maine, 1985
  • New Hampshire, 1985

Court and Other Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the District of Maine, 1986
  • U.S. District Court for the District of New Hampshire, 1986
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, 1992
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, 2006
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Vermont, 2013

Honors

AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
Recognized in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business 
    under Litigation: Medical Malpractice & Insurance
Recognized 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 - 
    Defendants, Family Law, and Family Mediation Law 
Selected as one of the "Top 50 Women" by New England Super Lawyers©
Selected to the "Top 100: New England Super Lawyers List"
Selected 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

Named a Local Litigation Star for General Commercial and Professional Liability 
    by Benchmark Litigation
Katahdin Counsel Recognition for Pro Bono efforts