Karen Shapiro

"I help clients make strategic decisions to achieve their short term and long term goals."

Karen N. Shapiro


25 West Middle Lane
Rockville, Maryland 20850
301-838-3222 direct
301-354-8122 fax


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 contracts, or addressing employment issues, she is uniquely prepared to advise businesses and help them achieve their objectives. 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 real time 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 market buyers, key employees and family members. 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 management team. 

Karen’s work has generated recognition of her peers in the legal community and in the profession more generally. For seven years in a row, she has been named a Rising Star by Maryland Super Lawyers magazine. 

Karen serves as president for the DC chapter of 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.


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