Getting To Know Karen Barnett of Smoak, Chistolini & Barnett!
The attorneys at Smoak, Chistolini & Barnett are always going the extra mile for their clients. Whether the case pertains to Employment and Labor, Civil Litigation, or Automotive Accidents, Smoak, Chistolini & Barnett uses its team’s breadth of knowledge to ensure their clients receive the best representation. Among the attorneys at SBC is Karen Barnett. Karen specializes in Civil Trial Law and works with insurance companies as well as the insured to make certain her clients have the utmost confidence in the courtroom.
Karen attended Stetson University College of Law and in 1983 received her Juris Doctor degree. By 1994 Karen had become a Founder of the Medical Claims Defense Network, where she would later serve as President. She still sits on the board of this organization today. In 1994 Karen was Board Certified as a Specialist in Civil Trial Law by the Florida Bar, the first woman in Hillsborough County to do so.
In 1998, Karen founded her own firm Barnett & Associates, P.A. Over her extensive career, she has tried over 125 cases in the State of Florida involving civil trial law. When asked what aspect of her career she finds most rewarding, Karen says, “I love nothing better than trying a case to a jury and winning. To be able to persuade 6 people you never met before that your case has merit is what being a trial lawyer is all about.” Karen’s firm then merged with Smoak & Chistolini in July of 2014.
Karen’s strive to best represent her clients is a common theme at SCB. She believes their firm is unique by providing a wide range of knowledge and skill when it comes to handling complicated scenarios such as complex medical issues. Their command of the Rules of Evidence relating to any and every type of claim is what makes them a formidable firm in the state of Florida. “We are not only AV rated, but I am also Board Certified as a Civil Trial Specialist,” says Barnett. “Bill (Smoak) has training in accident reconstruction, which is vastly superior to almost all attorneys practicing in our area. All of these things allow us to provide the highest level of quality representation to our clients.”
Karen moved from Michigan with her parents and has been a resident of Hillsborough County since 1969. Karen believes Tampa is an exceptional place to live and work and her passion for her community shows through her work. When not at the office, Karen says she spends her free time with family and friends. “We love our local beaches and everything the great Florida outdoors has to offer.” You can find out more about Karen and Smoak, Chistolini & Barnett’s services by visiting their website www.flatrialcounsel.com.
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