Karen M. Platt

Karen Platt joined the firm in 2007. Karen is actively involved in the litigation and negotiation of matrimonial cases; she is also a trained mediator and collaborative lawyer and is involved in the negotiation of prenuptial and postnuptial agreements.

Prior to and during law school, Karen worked in the financial industry as a registered representative at a major investment company; her background in retirement planning has been a tremendous asset to her work as a matrimonial attorney. Karen then became a paralegal in the matrimonial department at Franklin, Weinrib, Rudell & Vassallo, P.C., where she continued to work as an associate after completing law school.

Karen received her J.D., magna cum laude, from New York Law School, where she was an evening student and a Chief Notes and Comments Editor for the Journal of Human Rights. She received her B.S. in Psychology, With Distinction, from the Pennsylvania State University, and with Honors as a member of the University Scholars Program (now the Schreyer Honors College).  She is an alumna of Immaculate Heart Academy in Washington Township, New Jersey.

Karen is a member of the New York City Bar Association, where she is a past member of the Matrimonial Law Committee and the Committee for Legal Education and Admission to the Bar. She is also a member of the New York State Bar Association, Family Law Section where she is co-chair of the Amicus Committee and a member of the Executive Committee, and the New York Women’s Bar Association. Karen is an active member of the ABA Section on Family Law where she is chair of the Marital Property Committee and a member of the Continuing Legal Education Committee.

Karen, her husband and two sons are longtime residents of Hoboken, New Jersey.  Karen is a Trustee of The Friends of Hoboken Charter School and was a member of the school’s Rebuild Committee, which oversaw the renovation of the school’s 100+ year old building after a devastating fire. Karen is also an avid baker and has learned to adapt to gluten free baking since her two sons were diagnosed with Celiac Disease. Karen’s husband has sung for over twenty-five years with the Dessoff Choirs.


To Hold but Not Have – an Introduction to Drafting Prenuptial Agreements
Lawline, February 2016

Top Issues When Navigating Your Client Through an International Divorce
Association of Divorce Financial Planners, December 2015

Basic Matrimonial Law Practice
New York State Bar Association, Family Law Section, October 2014

Life Insurance and Family Law: So much More Than A Risk Management Tool
American Bar Association, Section of Family Law Spring CLE Conference, May 2014

The Kid Stays In The Picture: Agreements With Minors
New York State Bar Association, Entertainment, Arts and Sports Law Seminar as CMJ Music Marathon and Film Festival, October 2010


When Is ‘Not Equal’ Equitable?: Looking for Patterns In Distribution And Maintenance Awards
New York Family Law Monthly, Vol. 16, Number 2, October 2014

The New Temporary Maintenance Guidelines: A Practical Guide
New York Family Law Monthly, Vol. 12, Number 8, April 2011

Sex Versus Society: What’s Abandonment Anyway?  Constructive And Evolving Social Mores
New York Family Law Monthly, Vol. 11, Numbers 6 and 7, January and March 2010

His, Hers Or Theirs: Whose Income Tax Refund Is It?
New York Family Law Monthly, Vol. 10, Number 6, February 2009

An Overview of the Legal Challenges Faced by Gay and Lesbian Parents: How Courts Treat the Growing Number of Gay Families
N.Y.L.S. Journal of Human Rights, Vol. XIV Part 3, Spring 1998


New York State Bar Association; Family Law Section, Executive Committee, Amicus Committee Co-Chair
American Bar Association; Section of Family Law, Marital Property Committee Chair, Member of Continuing Legal Education Committee
Association of the Bar of the City of New York
New York Women’s Bar Association

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