Karen M. Maschke Associate

     

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Karen Maschke focuses her practice on defense of professional liability claims for architects/engineers and on construction/construction defect claims, keeping pace with the significant growth in professional liability and construction litigation. She defends professionals, contractors and their insurers against claims alleging violation of professional or ethical standards, faulty workmanship, and contract claims, among others, providing direct defense on individual cases in courts, before regulatory bodies or in arbitrations and mediations. Karen also assists clients with contract drafting and negotiating and defends clients in employment and civil rights claims and on general civil litigation, including premises liability, products liability and motor vehicle cases. In addition, Karen has handled workers’ compensation cases through decision and appeals.

Karen has handled arbitrations and major jury cases up to and through trial, including settlement negotiations. Understanding that many people are unfamiliar with lawsuits and court events, Karen ensures that her clients are comfortable with the proceedings by providing information and thorough answers to their questions throughout the litigation process. Karen closely tracks her client’s goals in forming a litigation plan and defense strategy that satisfies them in the most efficient manner. Karen provides her clients with a high level of responsiveness and personalized attention to assist in risk management at the pre-litigation phase and when preparing a defense in litigated matters.

Karen has a life-long devotion to giving back to her community and is generous in providing legal services to those in need. In working with service organizations, she has broadened her scope of experience and human interaction, which is beneficial in dealing with both opposing counsel and clients.

Areas of Focus

Architects & Engineers
Karen is experienced in the defense of architects and engineers and is a member of the firm's Design Professionals practice. In addition, she performs contract review and drafting services for design professionals and engages in contract negotiations on behalf of these clients. Working closely with clients, Karen seeks to create a defense strategy that cost-effectively resolves these matters for clients in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. 

Construction
Karen has extensive experienced in defense litigation related the construction industry. She has defended contractors and construction managers in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, including disputes related to contractual defense and indemnification as well as construction defect claims. 

General Liability 
Karen has built a diverse civil litigation practice handling premises liability, personal injury and auto matters on a national basis for several large self-insured clients, working to ensure that the client is receiving consistent, excellent service and case handling in all of our offices. Representative clients include construction firms, commercial and residential property owners and management companies, restaurants, janitorial service companies, product manufacturers and large retail companies. Karen also handles employment and civil rights claims on behalf of employers and general civil litigation, including premises liability, products liability, and motor vehicle cases for a variety of large and small businesses. In addition, Karen has handled workers’ compensation cases through decision and appeals.

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