Karen Rabenau
Karen Rabenau

Karen Rabenau concentrates her practice on catastrophic personal injury, wrongful death and business litigation. Karen joined Twiggs Strickland & Rabenau in 1992 after graduation from UNC Law School, and over the past twenty-four years, has successfully represented clients in civil cases in state and federal courts and before arbitration panels. Karen has an AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5.0 Rating in Martindale-Hubbell — the highest rating available. Karen is listed as a North Carolina Super Lawyers and is also recognized in Best Lawyers in America.

Karen currently chairs the Litigation Section Council of the North Carolina Bar Association, after serving for four years as Ethics Co-Chair and also as Vice-Chair, Secretary and Treasurer. Karen has served on the Board of Governors of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice, and for two years as Chair of the Medico–Legal Liaison Committee for the North Carolina Bar Association. Karen also speaks to physician groups across North Carolina about legal topics. In the community, Karen serves on the board of Caring House, and as a board trustee for a local independent school.

While at UNC Law School, Karen was one of two students in her second year class to be chosen as a member of the Holderness Moot Court National Team. During her undergraduate studies at Hollins College, Karen was a Hollins Scholar and elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Karen and her husband and children enjoy the outdoors, and she is an avid runner and gardener.

Education

  • Hollins College, B.A., 1989 Phi Beta Kappa
  • The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Juris Doctorate, 1992

Areas of Practice

  • Serious Personal Injury
  • Wrongful Death
  • Professional Negligence
  • Business Torts
  • Products Liability

Admitted

  • North Carolina, 1992
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of North Carolina, 1992
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of North Carolina, 1993
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of North Carolina, 1994
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit, 1994

Professional Memberships

  • North Carolina Bar Association
    • Litigation Section Council, Chair, 2016-Present
    • Litigation Section Council, Vice-Chair, 2015-2016
    • Committee on Judicial Independence, 2014-Present
    • Litigation Section Council, Secretary, 2014-2015
    • Litigation Section Council, Treasurer, 2013-2014
    • Litigation Section Council, Ethics Co-Chair, 2009-2013
    • Chair, Medico-Legal Liaison Committee, 2006-2008
    • Medico-Legal Liaison Committee, 2002-2012
    • Law Week Committee, 1997-2005
    • Chair, Law Day Poster Art Committee, 1997-2005
    • Child Advocacy Committee, 1996-1998
  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice (formerly The North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers)
    • President's Club Member
    • Board of Governors, 1999-2005 and 2007-2010
    • Education Committee, 1999-2002
    • Personnel Committee, 2001-2002
    • Chair, Professional Negligence Section, 2001-2002
    • Education Chair, Professional Negligence Section, 1999-2001
    • Secretary, Professional Negligence Section, 2000-2001
    • Founding Member, Young Lawyers Division
    • Chair, Young Lawyers Division, 1997-1998
    • Secretary, Young Lawyers Division, 1996-1997
  • North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys
    • Wake County Chapter, 2008-Present
  • American Association for Justice (formerly the Association of Trial Lawyers of America), the national organization of lawyers representing injured persons
    • President's Club Member
    • Legal Affairs Committee, 2006-2007
    • New Lawyer's Division Board of Governors, 2002-2003
    • Co-Chair Student Trial Advocacy Committee, 1998-2000
    • Student Trial Advocacy Committee, 1996-2006
    • Regional Coordinator, Student Trial Advocacy Competition, 2001
    • Regional Coordinator, Student Trial Advocacy Competition, 1997
    • Co-Chair, Publications Committee, 1998-1999
    • Publications Committee, 1998-2001
    • Wake County Bar Association
    • Public Service Committee, 1997-1998
    • Fundraising Committee, Courthouse Kids Center, 1997

Committed to Education

Karen is a frequent speaker and writer for continuing legal education seminars in the area of litigation, arbitration and professional negligence. She also speaks to physician groups across North Carolina about legal topics.

  • Speaker: Medico-Legal Issues in Emergency Medicine
    • Emergency Medicine Residency Program
    • Asheville, North Carolina, March, 2016
  • ​​Speaker: Medico-Legal Issues in Emergency Medicine
    • Emergency Medicine Residency Program
    • Asheville, North Carolina, March, 2015
  • Speaker: Winning Deposition Strategies
    • North Carolina Bar Association
    • Raleigh, North Carolina, October, 2013
  • Speaker: Medico-Legal Issues in Emergency Medicine
    • Emergency Medicine Residency Program
    • Asheville, North Carolina, March, 2013
  • Speaker: Making the Rules of Evidence Work Pre-Trial
    • North Carolina Advocates for Justice
    • Winston-Salem, North Carolina, December, 2012
  • Speaker: Mediation Presentation
    • Duke University School of Law
    • Durham, North Carolina, March, 2012
  • Speaker: Medico-Legal Issues in Emergency Medicine
    • Asheville, North Carolina, March, 2012
  • Speaker: Medico-Legal Issues in Emergency Medicine
    • Asheville, North Carolina, February, 2011
  • Speaker: Medico-Legal Issues in Dermatology
    • North Carolina Dermatology Association Summer Meeting
    • Asheville, North Carolina, August, 2010
  • Speaker: Medico-Legal Issues in Emergency Medicine
    • Emergency Medicine Residency Program
    • Asheville, North Carolina, February, 2010
  • Speaker: Panel Discussion on Introduction to Practice
    • Duke University School of Law
    • Durham, North Carolina, February, 2010
  • Speaker: Trying Your First Case
    • North Carolina Advocates for Justice
    • Raleigh, North Carolina, September, 2009
  • Speaker: Medico-Legal Issues in Emergency Medicine
    • Emergency Medicine Residency Program
    • Asheville, North Carolina, March, 2009
  • Speaker: North Carolina Medico-Legal Guidelines Webinar
    • North Carolina Bar Association
    • Raleigh, North Carolina, May, 2008
  • Speaker: Medico-Legal Issues in Emergency Medicine
    • Emergency Medicine Residency Program
    • Asheville, North Carolina, February, 2008
  • Speaker: North Carolina Medico-Legal Guidelines
    • North Carolina Health Information Management Association
    • Southeastern Region
    • Sampson Regional Medical Center, April, 2007
  • Speaker: Medico-Legal Issues in Emergency Medicine
    • Emergency Medicine Residency Program
    • Asheville, North Carolina, February, 2006
  • Speaker: Medico-Legal Issues in Emergency Medicine
    • Emergency Medicine Residency Program
    • Asheville, North Carolina, February, 2005
  • Speaker: Medico-Legal Issues in Otolaryngology
    • Bowman Gray School of Medicine ENT Department Harrell Lecture
    • Winston-Salem, North Carolina, March, 2004
  • Speaker: Medico-Legal Issues in Emergency Medicine
    • Emergency Medicine Residency Program
    • Asheville, North Carolina, February, 2004
  • Speaker: Mandatory Arbitration in Medical Negligence Cases
    • North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers
    • Raleigh, North Carolina, February, 2004
  • Speaker: PowerPoint in Mediation
    • North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers
    • Summer Convention, Sunset Beach, North Carolina, June, 2001
  • Speaker: PowerPoint in Mediation
    • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
    • Winter Convention, New Orleans, Louisiana, February, 2001
  • Speaker: Mandatory Arbitration Clauses in Medical Negligence Cases
    • North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers
    • Raleigh, North Carolina, May, 2000
  • Speaker: Mandatory Arbitration Clauses in Medical Negligence Cases
    • Western Trial Lawyers Association
    • Sun Valley, Idaho, February, 2000
  • Speaker: Investigation Through the Internet
    • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
    • Winter Convention, Maui, Hawaii, February, 1998
  • Amicus on behalf of North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers, Stewart v. Southeastern
    • Southeastern Regional Medical Center, et al., North Carolina Court of Appeals, May, 2000. Issue: Where Rule 9(j) Extensions may be filed in medical negligence cases.
  • Amicus on behalf of the North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers, Milon v. Duke, et al.,
    • North Carolina Supreme Court, December, 2001. Issue: Enforceability of mandatory arbitration clause in medical negligence case.
  • Author: Appellate Developments in Medical Negligence
    • Trial Briefs. April, 2001
  • Author: Mandatory Arbitration Clauses in Medical Negligence Cases
    • NCATL Medical Negligence. May, 2000
  • Author: Abrams & Rabenau, The Interplay between Workmen's Compensation and Third Party Actions.
    • The Litigator. October, 1993

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