25 West Middle Lane
Rockville, Maryland 20850
Karen N. Shapiro
Karen Shapiro brings a depth of knowledge and experience to guiding clients through complex business decisions. Whether buying or selling businesses, raising capital, negotiating commercial and government contracts, or addressing employment issues, she is uniquely prepared to advise businesses and help them protect their assets from risk. A problem solver by nature, Karen’s approach to serving clients is grounded by her business background including an MBA. She understands that clients need practical advice that makes sense in the business world.
Placing a premium on service and value, Karen helps clients throughout the full lifecycle of a business: from building new enterprises to managing thriving businesses and transitioning ownership to others when the time is right. She has successfully handled the transition of a multitude of businesses to family members, key employees and market buyers. In addition, Karen is particularly well versed in dealing with business disputes including disputes among business owners and a variety of employment related claims. Her clients view her as an external general counsel and member of their team.
Karen’s work has generated recognition of her peers in the legal community and in the profession more generally. For four years in a row, she has been named a Rising Star by Maryland Super Lawyers magazine.
Karen serves on the Advisory Council of the Bar Association of Montgomery County, Business Law Section. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the Exit Planning Exchange, an association of professionals committed to assisting business owners in successfully transitioning their businesses.
Throughout her career, Karen has proactively sought opportunities to educate organizations on key topics that impact businesses such as buying and selling companies, agreements among owners and employment matters. She has addressed the Bar Association of Montgomery County, Maryland Society for Accountants, Maryland Association of Certified Public Accountants, Montgomery County Medical Society, Montgomery County chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management and the Human Resource Association of the National Capital Area.
Outside of the office, Karen loves spending time with her family and enjoys being involved in her children’s activities.
Binghamton University (B.S., Business Management, 1997)
American University, Kogod School of Business (M.B.A., 2000)
American University Washington College of Law (J.D., 2000)
Exit Planning Exchange
Board of Directors (2012-present)
Bar Association of Montgomery County
Business Law Section, Advisory Council Member (2011-2013)
Business Law Section, Chair (2013-present)
Society for Human Resource Management
Montgomery County Chapter, Legislative Affairs Director (2010-2011)
American Bar Association
Maryland State Bar Association
Women’s Bar Association, Montgomery County Chapter
Anne Arundel Bar Association
Maryland Super Lawyers magazine, Rising Star (2009-2013)
Washington DC Super Lawyers magazine, Rising Star (2013)
SmartCEO magazine, Power Players Finalist (2013)
Martindale-Hubbell, AV Preeminent peer review rating
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