Karen Haynes Curtis
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Areas of Practice in Litigation
Product Liability Defense
With over 36 years of experience in appellate practice and litigation support in state and federal courts, Ms. Curtis heads Clarke Silverglate’s Appellate Practice Group.
After graduating first in her class from Nova University Law Center, she clerked for United States District Judge William Hoeveler. Ms. Curtis then joined Shutts & Bowen, where she was a Partner for 10 years. In January 1995, she and four other Shutts & Bowen Partners founded their own firm, Gallwey Gillman Curtis & Vento, P.A., where Ms. Curtis served as President. In November 2004, Ms. Curtis joined Clarke Silverglate, P.A. as a partner.
Board Certified in Appellate Practice by the Florida Bar, she has handled matters in diverse substantive areas, including antitrust, banking, civil rights, commercial torts, contract disputes, covenants not to compete, defamation, employment law and discrimination, ERISA, fraudulent transfers, insurance (life, health and disability claims, coverage issues, rescission, bad faith, and agency disputes), lender liability, medical malpractice, minority set-asides, mortgage foreclosure, products liability, professional liability, probate and guardianship, and securities fraud.
Admitted to the Florida Bar in 1978, Ms. Curtis is admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Southern and Middle Districts of Florida, the U.S. Court of Appeals (5th and 11th Circuits), and the United States Supreme Court. She is Board Certified in Appellate Practice by the Florida Bar, and is listed in Leading American Attorneys in the area of Civil Appellate Law. In 2006, she was voted a Florida Super Lawyer in the area of appellate law. She was also named one of Florida’s “Top 25 Female” lawyers.
Ms. Curtis served for more than a decade on the Appellate Court Rules Committee of the Florida Bar. She is currently serving on the Appellate Courts Committee of the Dade County Bar Association, and has also served as Vice Chair of the Appellate Advocacy Committee of the Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section (TIPS) of the American Bar Association. Ms. Curtis is also a member of the Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, the Florida Association for Women Lawyers (FAWL), and the National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL).
Florida Bar, 1978
United States Supreme Court
United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
United States District Court, Southern District of Florida
United States District Court, Middle District of Florida
Activities & Memberships
Florida Bar (Appellate Court Rules Committee 1993-2002; Grievance Committee 1988-91; Appellate Practice Section 1993-present)
Dade County Bar Association (Federal Court Committee 1981-88 (Chair 1985-86); Insurance Law Committee (Chair 1991-92); Banking and Corporate Litigation Committee (Vice Chair 1992-93); Professionalism Committee 1990-91; Appellate Courts Committee 1990-present; Southern District Digest Board of Editors 1982-87)
Former Chair of Subcommittee of the Federal Court Committee for Proposal and Drafting of Amendments to Local Rules for the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida
Former Member Federal Court Admissions Committee
ABA (Women Rainmakers Group; Vice Chair Appellate Advocacy Committee of the Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section (TIPS); Council of Appellate Lawyers)
Federal Bar Association
American Judicature Society
Supreme Court Historical Society
Florida Association for Women Lawyers (FAWL)
National Association of Women Lawyers (NAWL)
Church by the Sea (Board of Directors 1994-2012; Treasurer, 1995; Co-Treasurer 2003-05)
Honors & Awards
AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
Board Certified in Appellate Practice since 1996
Voted by peers as among the “Best Lawyers in America” - Appellate Practice
Voted by peers as a Florida Super Lawyer
Voted by peers as among the “Top 25 Female” lawyers in Florida
Designated a Leading Florida Attorney in the specialty of Civil Appellate Law by Leading Attorney Network, Inc.
Selected by Florida Trend as one of the 2007 Florida Legal Elite
Listed in Who’s Who in America
Listed in Who’s Who in American Law
Listed in Who’s Who of American Women
Listed in Who’s Who in the World
J.D., Nova University Law Center, summa cum laude, 1978—Graduated first in class; Member, Law Review
B.S., Tulane University, 1973