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Verrill Dana, LLP

Karen Frink Wolf

Karen Frink Wolf


Verrill Dana, LLP
Maine, U.S.A.

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Karen is known as go-to litigation counsel for physicians, hospitals and health care professionals, for whom she regularly achieves tremendous results at panel hearings, board reviews, and trial. She prides herself in fully understanding the complex medical issues, meticulous analysis and preparation, and compassion for her clients navigating unfamiliar adversarial waters. Karen's professional liability practice is rounded out with defense of accountants, attorneys, and business professionals in court and before boards and ethics organizations. She also likes to roll up her sleeves for businesses involved in complex commercial litigation.

The medical arm of Karen's work is in parallel with her defense of pharmaceutical companies in drug and device litigation. She tried two of only a handful of cases to proceed to trial nationally on behalf of the Dalkon Shield Claimants Trust, following bankruptcy of the product's manufacturer, defeating claims of fraud and achieving defense verdicts.

Karen also maintains a high stakes domestic relations practice, and is in high demand as a mediator, referee and arbitrator in this area. Drawing on her years of experience and success as a trial lawyer, her ability to work with challenging personalities and her sense of creative problem solving, Karen has helped litigants find common ground in the most difficult cases.

Karen is committed to the ideal of equal access to the justice system for all citizens, including the right to strong advocacy by legal counsel. She is a four time recipient of the Pro Bono Publico Award for her representation of low-income family law litigants through the Volunteer Lawyers Project.

While her practice seems varied, if not eclectic, Karen simply loves the courtroom and is passionate about the law.

Karen began her legal career in 1985 at FGW, and her firm merged with VD in 2013. Prior to her law career, she was a legislative intern for the late U.S. Senator Warren B. Rudman.

Karen considers her 2012 induction as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers as one of her proudest professional moments. ACTL is a by-invitation organization for those who have mastered the art of advocacy and whose professional careers are marked by the highest standards of professionalism and collegiality. She is the Chairperson of the First Circuit Advisory Committee on Rules, Chairperson of the Federal Practice Section of the Maine State Bar Association, member of the U.S. Magistrate Judge Merit Selection Panel, and member of the Maine Civil Rules Advisory Committee.

Karen has spent much of her free time over the past couple of decades in an ice rink. Karen's daughter, Chloe, was a member of the U.S. Figure Skating Team and national ice dance champion at the Novice level, who after hanging up her skates, graduated from Duke University. Her son, Nate, plays hockey for Falmouth High School, and is an Academic All American for debate and member of the three-peat State Championship Falmouth Debate Team. Karen co-coaches the Falmouth High School Debate Team, which is another full-time job that she loves.

Bar Admissions

Maine, 1985
New Hampshire, 1985
U.S. District Court for the District of Maine, 1986
U.S. District Court for the District of New Hampshire, 1986
U.S. Court of Appeals (First Circuit), 1992
U.S. Court of Appeals (Second Circuit), 2006


Syracuse University (J.D., 1985)
University of New Hampshire (B.A., 1982), magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa
Areas of Practice
Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments

AV Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
Recognized in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business under Litigation: Medical Malpractice & Insurance
Selected by peers for inclusion in New England Super Lawyers® under Personal Injury Defense: Medical Malpractice, Business Litigation, Alternative Dispute Resolution

Professional Associations

Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
Maine State Bar Association
New Hampshire Bar Association
American Bar Association
Defense Research Institute, "Business Suit" First Circuit Editor
Maine Trial Lawyers Association
Tri-State Defense Lawyers Association
Maine Association of Mediators
International Association of Mediators

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