Karen L. Karr is a member of BrownWinick, practicing primarily in real estate law. Karen currently is chair of the firm's Real Estate practice group. Her practice focuses on commercial development projects and real estate matters unique to large business transactions. Karen is experienced with assisting clients with the negotiation and drafting of complex real estate asset purchase agreements and representation in residential and commercial transactions that relate to the leasing, financing, sale and acquisition of real estate, easement negotiations, platting and site approval, closings, zoning and title examinations.

Karen graduated from the University of Iowa, with distinction, in 2003, receiving her B.A. in Communication Studies; Journalism & Mass Communication and a Certificate of Entrepreneurship. She received her J.D. in 2008, with honors, from Drake University. While at Drake University, Karen was a member of the Delta Theta Phi law fraternity and a Junior Staff Member and Associate Editor of the Drake Law Review. Karen was a member of the Drake Moot Court Board and competed on its 2008 Client Counseling Team. She was inducted in the Order of the Barristers in 2008.

Karen was named to the Best Lawyers® list in the area of real estate law and listed as a "rising star" in Super Lawyers® in the area of real estate.

Karen is a member of the Polk County, Iowa State (Co-Chair of the Professional Development Committee of the Young Lawyers Division) and the American Bar Association, a member of the Polk County Women Attorneys and the Iowa Organization of Women Attorneys. She is on the Board for the Operation Downtown and on the Board for Community Youth Concepts, serving on the Capital Campaign Committee and Mentor Program.  Karen is a graduate of the Greater Des Moines Leadership Institute Class of 2014-2015 and was named as an honoree to the Business Record's 2017 Class of Forty Under 40. Karen was admitted to the Iowa bar in 2008.

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University of Iowa
B.A., with distinction, Communication Studies; Journalism & Mass Communication, 2003

Drake University
J.D., with honors, 2008


Iowa, 2008

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