Karen Frink Wolf

Karen Frink Wolf: Attorney with Verrill Dana LLP
  • Partner at Verrill Dana LLP
  • One Portland Square, P.O. Box 586, Portland, ME 04112-0586
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  • 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.

    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 FGW, and her firm merged with VD 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. She is the Chairperson of the First Circuit Advisory Committee on Rules, Chairperson of the Federal Practice Section of the Maine State Bar Association, member of the U.S. Magistrate Judge Merit Selection Panel, and member of the Maine Civil Rules Advisory Committee.

    Karen and her attorney husband, Alan Wolf, have spent much of their 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, plays hockey for Falmouth High School, and is an Academic All American for debate and member of the three-peat State Championship Falmouth Debate Team. Karen co-coaches the Falmouth High School Debate Team, which is another full-time job that she loves.
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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.

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, Family Mediation Law, and Health Care 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

Highlights

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.
fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
Ranked in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business
Selected as one of the Top 50 Women by New England Super Lawyers.
Listed as one of the Top 250 Women in Litigation in the 2018 edition of Benchmark Litigation.
Local Litigation Star in the 2018 edition of Benchmark Litigation.
Selected for inclusion in the 2017 issue of Super Lawyers & Rising Stars.
Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2019.

News

February 26, 2018
Verrill Dana Attorneys “Recommended” for Litigation; Two Listed among Nation’s Top 250 Women in Litigation
Press Releases
Scott D. Anderson, Harold J. Friedman, Martha C. Gaythwaite, A. Robert Ruesch, Timothy R. Shannon, Frank J. Silvestri, Jr., Rachel M. Wertheimer, Karen Frink Wolf

December 5, 2016
Verrill Dana Attorneys Recognized in 2017 Benchmark Litigation
Press Releases
Scott D. Anderson, Martha C. Gaythwaite, A. Robert Ruesch, Timothy R. Shannon, Rachel M. Wertheimer, Karen Frink Wolf

February 26, 2016
Benchmark Litigation Names Verrill Dana State Firm of the Year - Maine
Press Releases
Martha C. Gaythwaite, Timothy R. Shannon, Karen Frink Wolf

November 18, 2015
Nine Verrill Dana Attorneys Recognized in 2016 Benchmark Litigation
Press Releases
Scott D. Anderson, Harold J. Friedman, Martha C. Gaythwaite, James G. Goggin, A. Robert Ruesch, Timothy R. Shannon, Frank J. Silvestri, Jr., Rachel M. Wertheimer, Karen Frink Wolf

July 25, 2015
Martha Gaythwaite and Karen Wolf Among Top 250 Women in Litigation
Press Releases
Martha C. Gaythwaite, Karen Frink Wolf

November 7, 2014
Verrill Dana Attorneys Honored for Pro Bono Service
Press Releases
Tawny L. Alvarez, Roger A. Clement, Jr., Seth S. Coburn, Michael J. Donlan, Jonathan M. Dunitz, Katie M. Gray, Nathaniel R. Hull, Christopher S. Lockman, Rachel M. Wertheimer, Karen Frink Wolf

November 4, 2014
Verrill Dana is Most Highly Recognized Firm in Maine in 2015 Benchmark Litigation
Press Releases
Scott D. Anderson, Charles P. Bacall, Harold J. Friedman, Martha C. Gaythwaite, James G. Goggin, A. Robert Ruesch, Timothy R. Shannon, Rachel M. Wertheimer, Karen Frink Wolf

August 21, 2014
Verrill Dana Attorneys in Nine Practice Areas Named “Lawyers of the Year”
Press Releases
Eric D. Altholz, Lisa S. Boehm, Juliet T. Browne, Roger A. Clement, Jr., Kurt E. Klebe, William C. Knowles, David E. Warren, Karen Frink Wolf

November 4, 2013
Two Verrill Dana Attorneys Recognized as Among the Best in New England
Press Releases
Harold J. Friedman, Karen Frink Wolf

October 3, 2013
Karen Frink Wolf Recognized as One of the “Top 250 Women in Litigation”
Press Releases
Karen Frink Wolf

September 13, 2013
Verrill Dana Litigators Recognized in Benchmark Litigation 2013 Edition
Press Releases
Charles P. Bacall, James G. Goggin, Karen Frink Wolf

Publications

March 2016
First Circuit Upholds Settlement Award in Class Action Regarding Infamous Barefoot Running Shoes
Published Works
Karen Wolf

February 24, 2016
A Practical Guide to Divorce in Maine
Published Works
David Abramson, Jonathan Dunitz, and Karen Wolf

March 20, 2015
DRI Business Suit First Circuit Update - March 2015
Published Works
Karen Wolf

February 2014
DRI Business Suit First Circuit Update - February 2014
Published Works

November 2013
DRI Business Suit First Circuit Update - November 2013
Published Works

October 17, 2013
Medical Malpractice and the Electronic Medical Record
Seminar Materials
Karen Wolf

August 2013
DRI Business Suit First Circuit Update - August 2013
Published Works
Karen Wolf

April 2013
DRI Business Suit First Circuit Update - April 2013
Published Works
Karen Wolf

Fall 2011
DRI Business Suit First Circuit Update - Fall 2011
Published Works
Karen Wolf and Marie Mueller

March 2011
DRI Business Suit First Circuit Update - March 2011
Published Works
Karen Wolf and Brett Leland

November 2010
DRI Business Suit First Circuit Update - November 2010
Published Works
Karen Wolf and Brett Leland

July 2010
DRI Business Suit First Circuit Update - July 2010
Published Works
Karen Wolf

October 2009
DRI Business Suit First Circuit Update - October 2009
Published Works
Karen Wolf

June 2009
DRI Business Suit First Circuit Update - June 2009
Published Works
Karen Wolf and Brett Leland

January 2008
DRI Business Suit First Circuit Update - January 2008
Published Works
Karen Wolf

1984 - 2013
Karen Frink Wolf Select Publications
Published Works
Karen Wolf

Events

May 14, 2018
2018 American College of Trial Lawyers Seminar: Direct Examination
Speaking Engagements
Karen Frink Wolf

April 29, 2018
Medical Negligence Claims in the New England States: An Overview Karen Frink Wolf

May 15, 2017
First Annual Trial Skills Workshop - The Opening Statement
Speaking Engagements
Karen Frink Wolf

September 27, 2016
Maine Calling - Presidential Debate Analysis
Speaking Engagements
Karen Frink Wolf

January 23, 2015
Like OMG: Word Crimes and Other Misdemeanors - Legal Writing in the Age of Texting, Chatting, Email, and Other Failures to Communicate
Speaking Engagements
Jonathan M. Dunitz, Karen Frink Wolf

November 17, 2014
NNESHRM Annual Meeting and Education Day
Speaking Engagements
Karen Frink Wolf

June 27, 2014
The Valuation Conundrum: Making Sense of the Legal, Factual, and Accounting Concepts in Divorce
Speaking Engagements
Jonathan M. Dunitz, Karen Frink Wolf

May 22, 2014
Maternity and Paternity Leave 101
Speaking Engagements
Karen Frink Wolf

January 31, 2014
Effective Cross-Examination of Lay & Expert Witnesses
Speaking Engagements
Karen Frink Wolf

October 25, 2013
Who’s Who Among Maine Divorce Professionals
Speaking Engagements
Karen Frink Wolf

October 17, 2013
Medical Malpractice and the Electronic Medical Record
Speaking Engagements
Karen Frink Wolf

1999 - 2013
Karen Frink Wolf Select Presentations
Speaking Engagements
Karen Frink Wolf

American College of Trial Lawyers

AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell

Ranked in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business

Best Lawyers 2015 Portland-ME Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Lawyer of the Year”

Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2017.

Listed as one of the Top 250 Women in Litigation in the 2017 edition of Benchmark Litigation.

Local Litigation Star in the 2017 edition of Benchmark Litigation.

Selected as one of the Top 50 Women by New England Super Lawyers.

Selected for inclusion in the 2016 issue of Super Lawyers & Rising Stars. Member:

Memberships

fellow and Maine Chairperson, American College of Trial Lawyers
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 Fellow: American College of Trial Lawyers

AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell

Ranked in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business

Best Lawyers 2015 Portland-ME Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Lawyer of the Year”

Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2016.

Listed as one of the Top 250 Women in Litigation in the 2016 edition of Benchmark Litigation.

Local Litigation Star in the 2016 edition of Benchmark Litigation.

Selected as one of the Top 50 Women by New England Super Lawyers.

Selected for inclusion in the 2015 issue of Super Lawyers & Rising Stars . Member:

Memberships

fellow and Maine Chairperson, American College of Trial Lawyers
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 Fellow: American College of Trial Lawyers

AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell

Ranked in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business

Best Lawyers 2015 Portland-ME Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Lawyer of the Year”

Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2016.

Listed as one of the Top 250 Women in Litigation in the 2016 edition of Benchmark Litigation.

Local Litigation Star in the 2016 edition of Benchmark Litigation.

Selected as one of the Top 50 Women by New England Super Lawyers.

Selected for inclusion in the 2015 issue of Super Lawyers & Rising Stars . Member:

Memberships

fellow and Maine Chairperson, American College of Trial Lawyers
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 Fellow: American College of Trial Lawyers

AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell

Ranked in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business

Best Lawyers 2015 Portland-ME Medical Malpractice Law - Defendants Lawyer of the Year”

Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2016.

Listed as one of the Top 250 Women in Litigation in the 2014 edition of Benchmark Litigation.

Local Litigation Star in the 2015 edition of Benchmark Litigation.

Selected as one of the Top 50 Women by New England Super Lawyers.

Selected for inclusion in the 2014 issue of Super Lawyers & Rising Stars . Member:

Memberships

fellow and Maine Chairperson, American College of Trial Lawyers
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 Fellow: and Maine Chairperson, American College of Trial Lawyers
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 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. She is the Chairperson of the First Circuit Advisory Committee on Rules, Chairperson of the Federal Practice Section of the Maine State Bar Association, member of the U.S. Magistrate Judge Merit Selection Panel, and member of the Maine Civil Rules Advisory Committee.

Karen and her attorney husband, Alan Wolf, have spent much of their 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, plays hockey for Falmouth High School, and is an Academic All American for debate and member of the three-peat State Championship Falmouth Debate Team. Karen co-coaches the Falmouth High School Debate Team, which is another full-time job that she loves.

Honors

AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell Recognized in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business under Litigation: Medical Malpractice& Insurance Selected as one of the Top 50 Women by New England Super Lawyers? Selected by peers for inclusion in New England Super Lawyers? under Personal Injury Defense: Medical Malpractice, Business Litigation, Alternative Dispute Resolution
Named as one of the Top 250 Women in Litigation by Benchmark Litigation in 2013 Named a 2013 Local Litigation Star by Benchmark Litigation
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News

November 4, 2013 Two Verrill Dana Attorneys Recognized as Among the Best in New England
Press Releases

Harold J. Friedman , Karen Frink Wolf

October 3, 2013 Karen Frink Wolf Recognized as One of the Top 250 Women in Litigation
Press Releases

Karen Frink Wolf

September 13, 2013 Verrill Dana Litigators Recognized in Benchmark Litigation 2013 Edition
Press Releases

Charles P. Bacall , Chris A. Caseiro , James G. Goggin , Karen Frink Wolf

Events

January 31, 2014 Effective Cross-Examination of Lay & Expert Witnesses
Speaking Engagements

Karen Frink Wolf

October 25, 2013 Who's Who Among Maine Divorce Professionals
Speaking Engagements

Karen Frink Wolf

October 17, 2013 Medical Malpractice and the Electronic Medical Record
Speaking Engagements

Karen Frink Wolf

1999 - 2013Karen Frink Wolf Select Presentations
Speaking Engagements

Karen Frink Wolf

Publications

February 2014DRI Business Suite First Circuit Update - February 2014
Published Articles

November 2013DRI Business Suit First Circuit Update - November 2013
Published Articles

October 17, 2013 Medical Malpractice and the Electronic Medical Record
Seminar Materials

Karen Wolf

August 2013DRI Business Suit First Circuit Update - August 2013
Published Articles

Karen Wolf

April 2013DRI Business Suit First Circuit Update - April 2013
Published Articles

Karen Wolf

Fall 2011DRI Business Suit First Circuit Update - Fall 2011
Published Articles

Karen Wolf and Marie Mueller

March 2011DRI Business Suit First Circuit Update - March 2011
Published Articles

Karen Wolf and Brett Leland

November 2010DRI Business Suit First Circuit Update - November 2010
Published Articles

Karen Wolf and Brett Leland

July 2010DRI Business Suit First Circuit Update - July 2010
Published Articles

Karen Wolf

October 2009DRI Business Suit First Circuit Update - October 2009
Published Articles

Karen Wolf

June 2009DRI Business Suit First Circuit Update - June 2009
Published Articles

Karen Wolf and Brett Leland

January 2008DRI Business Suit First Circuit Update - January 2008
Published Articles

Karen Wolf

1984 - 2013Karen Frink Wolf Select Publications
Published Articles

Karen Wolf

Areas of Practice (10)

  • Litigation & Trial
  • Professional Liability
  • Product Liability & Mass Tort
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Family Law
  • Health Care Industry Group
  • Health Care Litigation
  • Catastrophic Personal Injury
  • Business & Commercial Litigation

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
(207) 253-4484  Phone
(207 253-4485  Fax
www.verrilldana.com/kwolf
University Attended:
University of New Hampshire, B.A., magna cum laude, , Phi Beta Kappa, 1982
Law School Attended:
Syracuse University College of Law, J.D., 1985
Year of First admission:
1985
Admission:
1992, U.S. Court of Appeals (First Circuit); 1986, U.S. District Court for the District of Maine; 2006, U.S. Court of Appeals (Second Circuit); 2013, U.S. District Court for the District of Vermont; 1986, U.S. District Court for the District of New Hampshire; 1985, New Hampshire; 1985, Maine
Memberships:

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

ISLN:
902661224

Peer Reviews

  • 4.7/5.0 (37 reviews)
  • A Martindale-Hubbell Peer Rating reflects a combination of achieving a Very High General Ethical Standards rating and a Legal Ability numerical rating.
  • Legal Knowledge

    4.7/5.0
  • Analytical Capability

    4.7/5.0
  • Judgment

    4.7/5.0
  • Communication

    4.6/5.0
  • Legal Experience

    4.8/5.0
  • 5.0/5.0 Rated by a Partner on 05/06/13 in Litigation

    A top notch lawyer with very high standards.

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  • 5.0/5.0 Rated by a Principal on 05/04/13 in Professional Malpractice

    I have handled a number of cases in which Karen is opposing counsel, including some that have proceeded to trial. She is a first rate lawyer; smart, tough, ethical, and diligent. I highly recommend her.

    I have handled a number of cases in which Karen is opposing counsel, including some that have proceeded to trial. She is a first rate lawyer; smart, tough, ethical, and diligent. I highly recommend her. Read less

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