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KarenCook

Of Counsel

"I chose law as a profession as a way to honor those who came before me and enhance our community for those who follow."

Overview

Biography

A fifth-generation Buffalo attorney, Karen primarily concentrates her practice on real-property-tax-assessment matters as well as trusts and estates planning and administration. She has litigated before all courts, including cases heard by the NYS Court of Appeals.

Bar Associations

  • Bar Association of Erie County
  • New York State Bar Association

Selected Memberships & Affiliations

  • Barclay Damon’s Women’s Forum
  • Erie County Assessors Association
  • New York State Assessors Association
Experience

Representative Experience

  • Served as counsel on litigation involving the largest assessed parcel in Erie County.
  • Litigated the value of complex chemical plants and power-generation facilities through the Court of Appeals.
  • Successfully reduced an assessment of various complex commercial properties as well as large residential parcels.

Prior Experience

  • Damon Morey LLP, Special Counsel
  • Brown & Kelly, LLP, Attorney

Selected Community Activities

  • Niagara Frontier Food Terminal, Board of Directors Member
  • SPCA Serving Erie County, Board of Directors Member and Strategic Planning Chair
  • Bison Scholarship Fund, Former Board of Directors Member
  • The Maria M. Love Convalescent Fund, Former Board of Directors Member

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