Karen J. Cullen

Karen J. Cullen was born in Miami, Florida.  She obtained her Bachelor Degree from Stetson University in 1993, where she majored in mathematics, and graduated from the University of Miami, School of Law, with a Juris Doctorate Degree, Cum Laude in 1996.  Ms. Cullen was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1997, and has been a member in good standing ever since.  She is also admitted to practice before the United States District Court, Middle District of Florida, and the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

Ms. Cullen joined the firm in June 1997, and became a partner in January 2001.  She is Board Certified in the area of workers' compensation law.  Ms. Cullen has tried a substantial number of workers' compensation claims before judges in the Central Florida area.  She has prepared briefs and presented oral argument before the First District Court of Appeal on workers' compensation matters.  She and the firm also have experience perfecting the recovery of third party liens pursuant to section 440.39, Florida Statutes.

Ms. Cullen has gained significant experience in the defense of cases involving exposure and occupational disease.  She has defended many indoor air quality claims and claims involving repetitive trauma.  She also has extensive experience defending claims brought pursuant to sections 112.18 and 112.181, Florida Statutes (the statutory presumptions applicable to firefighters, law enforcement officers, correctional officers and/or emergency rescue or public safety workers).  Ms. Cullen's experience with presumption claims ranges from the initial 120-day investigation stage all the way through the trial and appellate phases.  She has also lectured extensively on the handling of claims involving the statutory presumptions.

She is a member of the planning committee for Florida Bar Workers' Compensation Forum, a member of the Orange County Bar Association; an executive council member of the Workers' Compensation Section of the Florida Bar (term July 2014 - July 2017).
Ms. Cullen served as a member of the faculty for the Workers' Compensation Trial Advocacy Workshop at the University of Miami.  She also served as a Member of the Panel for the 2011 and 2012 Breakout at the Workers' Compensation Convention - First Responder Heart Claims:  the Current State of Law and Medicine.  She is a member of the Central Florida Association for Women Lawyers (CFAWL); the Risk and Insurance Management Society, Inc.  (RIMS); and Public Risk Management Association (PRIMA); and the current chair of the Workers' Compensation Section of the Orange County Bar Association.