Karen Poulton was born and raised in the Akron, Ohio area. She graduated from The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio with a Bachelor’s of Science degree in special education and a Master of Arts degree in Speech Language Pathology. She worked as a speech language pathologist before earning a Ph.D. in special education from the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida. She taught at the University of Nebraska at Omaha before attending law school.
Karen attended law school at Washburn School of Law in Topeka, Kansas where she received her Juris Doctorate in 1991. In law school Karen won the American Jurisprudence Award in Family Law and she was an associate editor of the Washburn Law Journal. Her article discussing issues relating to employment discrimination was published in the Washburn Law Journal. She graduated from law school with Dean’s Honors.
After graduating from law school, Karen worked for both small and large law firms representing businesses, municipalities and individuals. Her practice focused on pre-trial litigation and appellate work. She has worked on a variety of small and large Fair Labor Standards Act cases, on both the plaintiff and defense side and provided businesses and municipalities with guidance on employee classification and wage payment practices. Her practice has also included general litigation of business matters, including creditor’s rights, non-compete clauses, contract and partnership disputes, and personal injury claims. Her practice has also included estate and trust litigation and review and negotiation of employment contracts.
Karen is licensed to practice in seven states including Arizona, Kansas, Nebraska, Massachusetts, West Virginia, New York and Ohio. She is admitted to practice before state courts in those states, as well as the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. District Courts in Kansas, West Virginia and the Southern District of Indiana.