KAREN I. HANSEN has been practicing law since 1983. She concentrates her practice in the area of commercial litigation with particular emphasis on contract claims, insurance coverage, and maritime matters.
Karen is a member of the Suffolk County Bar Association, the New York State Bar Association (Commercial and Federal Litigation Section), and the Maritime Law Association of the United States.
The first woman graduate of the Webb Institute, Karen began her professional life in Houston working as a naval architect for an offshore drilling contractor. After law school, she worked as an associate for Royston, Rayzor, Vickery & Williams where she handled various maritime matters and a complex, multimillion-dollar, multistate products liability litigation that lasted several years. Karen practiced products liability law in Michigan for five years, before returning to New York, where she became an associate and then a partner of Healy & Baillie LLP. She worked on a wide variety of maritime matters, particularly arbitration of maritime disputes involving casualties such as ship collisions and groundings. Before joining Margolin Besunder LLP, Karen was of counsel to a Long Island firm specializing in surety and construction litigation.
Karen’s diverse legal experience allows her to represent clients in a wide range of civil matters. Her technical background enables her to analyze and understand client matters involving complex issues and to find practical and creative solutions to those issues.
“Successful commercial litigation requires both a knowledge of the law and careful attention to the facts; when we know all the relevant facts, we can find and apply the law that best helps our clients to prevail. I make sure I give both parts of this equation careful, detailed attention.”
In her own words:
“I make a point to consistently and zealously advocate for my clients, whether in litigation or in negotiations. At the same time, I advise my clients of what I view to be a reasonable, cost-effective outcome based both on the law and the posture of the case. I have found that this approach produces the best results for my clients. Recently this approach enabled a client to settle a significant insurance coverage litigation on favorable terms and another client to resolve a longstanding family dispute involving access to real property.”
Webb Institute (B.S., Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, 1978)
South Texas College of Law (J.D., summa cum laude, 1983)
New York State
U.S. District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, District of Connecticut