Admitted to practice in New Jersey, 2001; United States District Court for the District of New Jersey, 2002; United States Supreme Court, 2006
Seton Hall University School of Law, J.D., 2001
Presidential Scholar, 1998-99, Faculty Scholar, 2000-2001
Yale University, M.Div. ‘81
Hampshire College - B.A., ‘76
State of Connecticut Scholar
AV Martindale Hubble Rating, 2019 to present; 2023 Community Choice Award Finalist in Estate Planning; 2013 Vivere Christus Award; 2009 Law Day Award Winner; Law Clerk, Appellate Division, Honorable Lorraine Parker, J.A.D.; Judicial Intern, the Honorable Katharine Sweeney Hayden, U.S.D.J.; Seton Hall Legislative Law Journal; Law Clerk, Office of the Attorney General; Instructor - New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education and Worrall F. Mountain American Inns of Court.
Sussex County Bar Association (President, 2013-2014)
Sussex County Bar Association Probate Committee (Chair, 2013 to present)
Sussex County Judicial and Prosecutorial Due Diligence Committee (Chair, 2014 to present)
SCARC Guardianship Services Board (2014 to present)
Newton Medical Center Bioethics Committee – (2007 to 2021)
National Association of Elder Law Attorneys (2007 to present)
New Jersey State Bar Association, Real Property, Estate and Trust Section and Elder and Disability Law Section (2002 to present).
Karen has worked in the legal industry in various areas of the law for over twenty five years starting out as a legal secretary. She then worked as a legal assistant, administrative assistant and Paralegal. Karen went to Monroe College and received an Associate Degree in Business Administration and her bachelors in Business Management. She then went on to gain her Masters of Science in Legal Studies with a concentration in intellectual property and technology transfer from Albany Law School. To complete the tertiary education, Karen went to University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law where she gained her Juris Doctor. While at law school, she interned at the New Jersey Office of the Attorney General – Division of Criminal Justice - the Prosecutor Bureau dealing with New Jersey State Police Recruit disciplinary hearings and human trafficking. Karen has also worked as a law clerk. At the Reading Law Firm, Karen works as a paralegal while waiting to pass the bar. Karen assists with the management of estates that are in the probate and administration phase and notarizes legal documents for our clients.
Lisa comes to the Reading Law Firm after a long career administering senior services at Valley View Care Center in Newton, Knoll View in Sparta, Regency Grande Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Dover, and most recently, Barn Hill Care Center in Newton. In varied settings Lisa has advocated for the residents and arranged for discharge plans, homecare services, hospice care, and assist with all insurance issues. At the same time Lisa was providing support to new admissions and their families and serving as a liason between the families and the facility. Lisa at all times has kept abreast of regulatory changes in senior services at the county, state and federal level. At the Reading Law Firm Lisa oversees Medicaid applications, guardianships and long term care planning.