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.

In addition to her practice in matrimonial and family law, Karen represents entertainment companies in connection with the court approval of minor children’s contracts.

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 Scholar’s 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 currently sits on the Matrimonial Law Committee and previously sat on the committee for Legal Education and Admission to the Bar. She is also a member of the New York State Bar Association where she sits on the Executive Committee of the Family Law Section, the ABA Family Law Section and the Women’s Bar Association.

Karen, her husband and two sons are longtime residents of Hoboken, New Jersey.  Karen is the Vice President 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 years with the Dessoff Choirs.

Lectures

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

Publications

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

BAR ASSOCIATIONS:

New York State Bar Association; Family Law Section, Executive Committee, Amicus Committee Co-Chair
American Bar Association; Section of Family Law
Association of the Bar of the City of New York; Matrimonial Law Committee
New York Women’s Bar Association

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