University of Michigan (B.A. with High Distinction, Magna Cum Laude, Honors in Political Philosophy, 1983)
University of Miami School of Law (Juris Doctor, Magna Cum Laude, 1986), Class Rank 9th/338
University of Miami Law Review, 1984-1986
Dean's List, 1984-1986; George Gold Scholarship; Order of the Coif
Adjunct Professor, University of Miami School of Law, 1988

Legal Practice
Assistant State Attorney, 11th Judicial Circuit, Miami, Florida, 1986-1987. Straight from law school, Ms. Haas was in the courtroom daily, handling 30-40 hearings or trials herself for Janet Reno, Former Attorney General.

Associate at Marlow, Shofi, Connell, Valerius, Abrams, Lowe & Adler, 1987-1990. Insurance defense in civil trial & appeals courts, state and federal. Ms. Haas served as appeals counsel, preparing extraordinary writs, non-final appeals, and final appeals in civil courts, state & federal. She served as appellate counsel in the trial court, handling default and summary judgments, declaratory judgment actions over insurance matters, and advising trial counsel how to preserve error and put a case in the best possible posture for settlement or appeal. She handled everything from default and summary judgments, depositions and trials, and declaratory judgment actions over insurance matters. Areas of law included complex personal injury, insurance & commercial matters, medical & legal malpractice.

Founder, Law Offices of Karen J. Haas, 1990


Highest "AV" Preeminent Rating in Martindale-Hubbell
Highest AVVO Rating "10 Superb"
Outstanding Practitioner in the Area of Civil Appellate Law
Leading Florida Attorney
Who's Who in American Law, 6th and 7th Editions
Who's Who of Emerging Leaders in America, 3rd Edition
Who's Who Among Rising Young Americans, 1992

Bar Admissions

State of Florida, 1986
U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit, 1988
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida, 1993
U.S. Supreme Court, 1993
U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida, 2007


The Florida Bar (Appellate Practice Section)
American Association for Justice
Florida Justice Association (Board of Directors, 2012-2013; Appellate Practice Chairperson, 2012-2013, Appellate Practice Vice-Chairperson, 2011-2012, Section Board Member, 2009-present; Member, Amicus Briefs Committee, 1990-1996)
Miami-Dade Justice Association (Member, Board of Directors, 1993-1994)
Dade County (Member, Appellate Court Committee, 1988-1994)
Florida Association of Women Lawyers (Member, Amicus Briefs Committee, 1990-1996)
Coral Gables Bar Association
The First Family Law American Inn of Court

Author’s Guild (Member, The Guild is primarily a litigation agency for authors who have been published or who have been offered a book contract by an established American publisher)

Recent Publications

Pleading and Proving Tortious Interference
Journal, The Florida Justice Association
September/October 2009 No. 540
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Pleading and Proving Punitive Damages
Journal, The Florida Justice Association
August 2009 No. 539
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Annotated Florida Civil Trial Checklists
This book will be an invaluable tool to the practicing Florida trial attorney because of its substantial depth and breadth. Each chapter contains checklists, concise in depth discussion of current law, and practice tips and cautions. The book is accompanied by a CD-ROM containing high-quality forms taken from real cases, with names and private information redacted or fictionalized.