Karen Berhow knew at an early age that she would one-day practice law in Birmingham, the city in which she was born and raised. In 2003, Karen became the first attorney in her family, and since then she has worked diligently to establish herself as a genuine client advocate. Throughout her years of practice, Karen’s calm yet confident demeanor and vast courtroom experience have proven beneficial to her clients time and time again.
Karen practices in the areas of workers’ compensation, employment litigation, and litigation involving insurance companies. She practiced litigation and corporate law in Birmingham for 17 years, where she represented numerous corporations and municipalities. Karen successfully defended clients at the trial court level and obtained numerous victories on behalf of clients in both tort and workers’ compensation cases; she has also successfully handled appeals to both the Alabama Court of Civil Appeals and the Alabama Supreme Court. And now she brings her talent to serve the people of our state; in fact, in her very first jury trial on behalf of one of our clients in a car wreck, she scored a verdict of $285,000 for a man who healed up well enough after the wreck to go back to work the very same job!
Karen is frequently asked to speak at workers’ compensation and tort conferences, with expertise in topics ranging from settlement negotiation tactics, workers’ compensation trials, and settlement matters and ethics. She also regularly advises clients, as well as provides lectures and written materials to both clients and fellow attorneys, on legal issues involving Medicare and continually evolving practice of using Medicare Set-Asides in workers’ compensation and tort cases. For overall excellence, she has achieved a ranking of AV Preeminent from Martindale-Hubbell.
Away from the office, Karen enjoys traveling and spending time with her husband, Jon, and her young daughter, Kate. In the community, Karen serves on the Neurosurgery Women’s Leadership Council at UAB, where she serves for two years as President, and regularly volunteers at her daughter’s school.
Karen earned her B.A., magna cum laude, with a double major in English and Political Science, from The University of Alabama and her J.D., cum laude, from The University of Alabama School of Law.