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Meet Attorney Karen Scott Greene

I am Attorney Karen Scott Greene and I am running for Gwinnett County Superior Court Judge. Early voting begins May 2, 2022 and the election is on May 24, 2022.

I was born and raised in Broward County, Florida in the small close knit community of Carver Ranches.  Growing up in Carver Ranches was very much like being raised by a village, with neighbors looking out for one another.  My parents were a big part of this village.  My mother owned a salon in the community and my father, who started off as a volunteer fireman, went on to become one of the first African American Captains in the county.  They instilled in me the importance of hard work, family values and a strong sense of community.

I took those values with me to become a proud graduate of Georgia Tech and St. Thomas University School of Law.   Since graduating law school in 1994, I have spent the majority of my legal career as a solo practitioner.  I am also a registered mediator, arbitrator and Guardian ad-Litem.  My legal experience has included family law,  juvenile law, criminal law, real estate and bankruptcy.  For the last several years, my work has mainly focused on representing children and families. I have a passion for young people and disrupting the school to prison pipeline that so many of our youth involved in the juvenile justice system have become entangled in. 

I have the experience necessary to be fair, just and patient with every one that will come into my courtroom.   I am running for Superior Court Judge to make a difference in our county. I believe that I am uniquely qualified to ensure that all voices are heard and respected in the courtroom and that all parties receive fairness and justice from the bench. I look forward to engaging with you, telling you more about my candidacy and hopefully earning your trust and vote.

Learn more about my experience

Child Advocate/Guardian Ad Litem:

●Successfully represented school age children in delinquency, deprivation and special education matters, including attendances at IEP meetings.

●Developed care plans with Department of Family and Children Services and defending children in juvenile court on a broad range of issues including abuse and neglect.

●Developed strategies to ensure that outcomes protected the future concerns of clients, including providing alternative to confinement and developing IEPs to adequately address the needs of the whole child. 

●Identified and determined strategies to adequately address medical, mental and educational needs of clients.

Mediation/Conflict Resolution

●Successfully negotiated resolutions with local school board and government agencies for treatment options, educational opportunities and parenting plans for my clients.

●Participated in family mediation resolving issues of custody and visitation.

●Certified mediator and arbitrator, registered with the Georgia Office of Registered Neutrals

Litigation 

●Performed all phases of litigation for jury and non-jury trials.

●Successfully conducted discovery, depositions, factual/legal research investigations and witness interviews.

●Drafted and filed appeals on behalf of clients

●Developed pleadings, paneled juries, and successfully concluded over 100 trials.

●Litigated in numerous juvenile court hearings including temporary protective orders, periodic reviews, and motion hearings

Real estate

  • Ensured proper land use and zoning ordinances are met to build site infrastructure;
  • Identify title defects and outline curative remedies;
  • Review, prepare, analyze and interpret all Land and Right-of-Way related agreements, deeds, easements, leases, permits & licenses;
  • Negotiate and draft agreements, easements, and contracts.
  • Managed real estate closing files for several thousand borrowers. 
  • Represented and advised financial institutions on Georgia mortgage law. 
  • Prepared and examined mortgage lending documents to insure compliance with FHA, HUD, VA, Fannie Mae, and Freddie Mac Regulations.
  • Executed due diligence examinations, including title and survey examinations to ensure the lender's collateral. 
    Bankruptcy
  • Represented clients in chapter 7 and 13 bankruptcy;
  • Filed petitions and motions to protect property;
  • Voided liens on personal and real property

Certifications:

  • Certified Mediator by the Georgia Office of Dispute Resolutions
  • Certified Arbitrator by the Georgia Office of Dispute Resolutions
  • Trained Guardian ad Litem

 Community Involvement

  • Graduate, Parent Leadership Institute
  • Executive Board Member and Vice President, Georgia Association of Counsel for Children
  • Board Member, Center for Navigating Family Change
  • Member, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Rho Xi  Zeta Chapter

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