Ms. Karen J. Orlin

Karen J. Orlin P.L.
P. O. Box 7855
New York , NY 10116-7855
Office: 305-794-6387
Introduction

MS. ORLIN IS NOT AVAILABLE FOR HEARINGS, CONFERENCES, OR MEETINGS OTHERWISE THAN BY TELEPHONE OR VIRTUALLY BEFORE 2024, AND POSSIBLY NOT BEFORE FALL 2024, RELOCATED HER PRIMARY LEGAL RESIDENCE FROM SOUTH FLORIDA TO NORTHERN NEW JERSEY IN MARCH 2019, CONTINUES TO MAINTAIN HER LAW FIRM'S VIRTUAL OFFICE IN SOUTH FLORIDA, AND IS ADMITTED TO PRACTICE LAW IN NEW YORK AND FLORIDA.

Ms. Orlin provides forensic consulting, litigation support, and expert witness services to attorneys and law firms in entity governance and fiduciary duty, and attorneys' ethical and fiduciary duties, standard of care, and unlicensed practice of law, not securities law or handwriting analysis.

Ms. Orlin, licensed in New York and Florida, is member of the Rule of Law Task Force and the Professional Responsibility Committee (also served on latter committee 2015-2018) and former member of the Independence of Lawyers and Judges Task Force and Professional Ethics Committee of the New York City Bar Association, member and former Chair, Vice Chair, and Co-Vice Chair of the Corporations, Securities, and Financial Services Committee and former member of the Executive Committee, Business Law Section, The Florida Bar, and former member of the Executive Council of that Section, former member of the Professional Ethics Committee of The Florida Bar, and member of the Section and committees of other Sections on alternative dispute resolution of the American Bar Association, including Co-Vice Chair, Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee, Senior Lawyers Division.

She also was member of the Small Law Firm Committee and the Securities Committee of New York City Bar Association; partner/counsel of major law firms; General or Associate Counsel financial institutions; member Special Committees on Opinion Standards and Vice Chair Committee on Relations with CPAs and FICPA of The Florida Bar.

She was instructor “Corporations,” St. Thomas University School of Law, legal ethics and paralegal studies, The Law Center, Miami Dade College, Miami, FL, and BramsonORT College, New York, NY, and presented “Opinion Letters after 2001 ABA Guidelines” and seminars and webinars regarding governance, fiduciary duty and legal ethics in llcs and not-for-profit entities, and mergers, acquisitions and securities law and regarding arbitration.

She is licensed to practice law in Florida and New York, in U.S. District Courts for Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, and, before 2014, in U.S. Court of Appeals for Second Circuit although she has not practiced in any court since 1980.

A.B. summa cum laude in mathematics U. Pennsylvania, J.D. Harvard Law School. She is a member of her solo practice law firm, formerly was partner, senior attorney, or of counsel of law firms, and organized and was General Legal Counsel and Associate Counsel to financial institutions.

Ms. Orlin is a Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) Dispute Resolution Arbitrator, Chair Status: Qualified, and a Panelist--American Arbitration Association National Roster of Arbitrators (Commercial and Consumer).

References in this listing to "expertise" mean and refer to areas in which Ms. Orlin concentrates her forensic consulting and litigation support services, and do not represent Ms. Orlin as an "expert" as that term is used in the Rules of Professional Conduct applicable to attorneys licensed to practice law in the State of Florida or New York.


Areas of Expertise
  • Business Law
  • Contracts
  • Corporate Governance
  • Legal Ethics
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Mergers & Acquisitions

Expert Background
Q: Please list your professional accreditations, degrees, licenses, and certificates granted:
A: Legal: HARVARD LAW SCHOOL, J.D.
Undergraduate: UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA, A.B. summa cum laude (Mathematics); Phi Beta Kappa

Admitted to practice law: Florida; New York; U.S. District Courts for Southern and Eastern Districts, New York; before 2014, U.S. Court of Appeals for Second Circuit.

AV Preeminant(R) Peer Review Rated(TM) by Martindale-Hubbell(R). (See footnote at end of C.V.)

Graduate, Mendenhall School of Auctioneering, High Point, North Carolina-Elected Class President 1989; Florida auctioneer’s and auction business licenses before December 2017; New York City auctioneer’s license before June 16, 2020.

Certificate, The Grant Institute.

Current editions of The Marquis Who's Who in the World, Who's Who in America, and Who's Who in American Law. Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award (2018, 2019). Metropolitan Who's Who (2007); Honored Member, Empire Who's Who Among Executives and Professionals (2005-6).
Q: Please list your affiliations or memberships in any professional and/or industry organizations:
A: Arbitrator, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), Chair Status: Qualified.

Panelist--American Arbitration Association National Roster of Arbitrators (Commercial and Consumer).

Member, Business Law Section, Section of Dispute Resolution, and Senior Lawyers Division (including Co-Vice Chair of Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee of Senior Lawyers Division), American Bar Association.

Member and former Chair, Vice Chair, Co-Vice Chair, Corporations, Securities and Financial Services Committee, Business Law Section, The Florida Bar; member, opinion report and business entity statutory revision subcommittees and former Chair, blue sky statutory revision subcommittee. Former member, Executive Council, Business Law Section, former member, Professional Ethics Committee, The Florida Bar, and former member and Vice Chair, Committee on Relations with CPAs and FICPA. Former member, Broward County Bar Association.

Member, New York City Bar Association, its Task Force on the Rule of Law, and its Professional Responsibility Committee (also served on latter committee 2015-2018); former member of its Task Force for the Independence of Lawyers and Judges, Professional Ethics Committee, Small Law Firm Committee, and Securities Committee; former Co-Chair of its Corporate Mentoring Circle.

Member, New York State Bar Association and its Not-For-Profit Corporations Law Committee.

Member, New York Regional Expert Witness Association.
Q: Please list any teaching or speaking experience you have had, including subject matter:
A: Former:

Adjunct Faculty, Paralegal Studies, BramsonORT College, New York, NY, and Paralegal Education, The Law Center, Miami Dade College, and former instructor, School of Community Education, Miami Dade College, Miami, FL.

Coach, The Launch Pad, University of Miami School of Business, Miami, FL.

Adjunct instructor, St. Thomas University School of Law, Miami, FL.

Instructor regarding commercial lending as part of student workshop, University of Miami School of Law, Miami, FL.

Dale Carnegie Course--Graduate Assistant.

Webinar panelist "ADR for Transactional and New Attorneys" and "Alternative Dispute Resolution in These Strange Pandemic Times," and webinar presenter "Tip of an Iceberg for Arbitration Titanic: H.R. 4445," all sponsored by American Bar Association Senior Lawyers Division ADR Committee.

Webinar presenter, "To LLC or Not To LLC: Florida Update," sponsored by Lorman Business Center, Inc. aka Lorman Education Services.

Participation in seminar presentation, “Advanced LLC Issues”, sponsored by National Business Institute (TM).

Seminar presenter, "Effective Board Leadership, Not for Profit Organizations", sponsored by The Center on Nonprofit Effectiveness (C-ONE) Miami.

Participation in seminar presentation, "Mastering Mergers and Acquisitions", sponsored by National Business Institute (TM).

Participation in panel in seminar, "Mergers, Acquisitions and Conversions"; presentation and materials in seminar, "Opinion Letters after 2001 ABA Guidelines"; materials regarding "The Private Offering Exemption" in seminar, "3rd Annual Internet Law and Representation of Technology Companies"; presentation and materials regarding mergers in seminar, "Florida Corporations 1985", all sponsored by the Continuing Education Committee and the Business Law Section, The Florida Bar.

Q: Have any of your accreditations ever been investigated, suspended or removed? (if yes, explain)
A: Some licenses that I have not used since 2010 are inactive, as stated elsewhere in this profile.
Q: On how many occasions have you been retained as an expert?
A: eight
Q: For what area(s) of expertise have you been retained as an expert?
A: Nonprofit corporation governance; securities law legal malpractice; mergers and acquisitions law legal malpractice; trusts and estates law legal malpractice; attorneys' ethical and fiduciary duties; conflicts of interest; attorneys' standards of care and loyalty.
Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the plaintiff?
A: 62.5%
Q: In what percentage of your cases were you retained by the defendant?
A: 37.5%
Q: On how many occasions have you had your deposition taken?
A: None as forensic consultant; twice as a party litigant or factual witness.
Q: When was the last time you had your deposition taken?
A: Never otherwise than as a party litigant in 1982 and a factual witness in 2011.
Q: On how many occasions have you been qualified by a court to give expert testimony?
A: None.
Q: On how many occasions have you testified as an expert in court or before an arbitrator?
A: None.
Q: For how many years have you worked with the legal industry as an expert?
A: 16
Q: What services do you offer? (E.g.: consulting, testing, reports, site inspections etc.)
A: Legal research; attorneys' ethical rules and commentary and fiduciary duty research; consulting; preparation of affirmation, affidavit, memorandum, or report; testifying in deposition and at hearing.
Q: What is your hourly rate to consult with an attorney?
A: $400 per hour
Q: What is your hourly rate to review documents?
A: $400 per hour
Q: What is your hourly rate to provide deposition testimony?
A: $500 per hour
Q: What is your hourly rate to provide testimony at trial?
A: $500 per hour
Q: Please list any fees other than those stated above (E.g.: travel expenses, copy fees, etc.)
A: Reimbursement for out-of-pocket expenses, including among others parking, postage, courier, delivery, photocopying, reproduction, recording in electronic media, computer research (e.g., Lexis or Westlaw), other research materials unique to the instant expert witness services, and gasoline, airfare, train and other transportation, lodging and meals expenses for travel outside the New York City metropolitan area.


References

References and a list of forenic consulting prior engagements are available upon request.


Video
Ten Commandments of Ethics and Professionalism in Arbitration Portion, Webinar Sponsored by American Bar Association Senior Lawyers Division Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee: ADR for Transactional and New Attorneys (05/19/2021)