Katherine H. Karl

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Katherine H. Karl
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Kate is an active presence in both the preservation and development of our local community. As chair of our Real Estate and Banking Law Practice Groups, her legal expertise extends to commercial real estate, development and finance. She works with commercial lenders to structure mortgage and asset-based loan transactions, and to handle environmental issues in a practical manner. She has broad experience representing commercial owners, developers and a national retailer in all aspects of acquisitions, sales, construction, development and lease negotiations. 

Tackling zoning and land use issues and environmental concerns are a part of Kate’s everyday practice. She also represents institutional lenders in connection with a broad variety of loans, including real estate secured financing, transactions with industrial development agencies and with Small Business Administration involvement, term loans and lines of credit. 

A former law clerk to the New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division, Third Department, Kate has practiced law in Rochester since 1988.

Professional and Community Involvement

As an active board member and Executive Committee member for both The Landmark Society of Western New York, Inc., and Rochester Downtown Development Corporation, Kate remains involved in the vital decisions affecting the development of our region. Kate is also a member of the Women Presidents' Organization, as well as a Board member of both Providence Housing and the Rochester Area Interfaith Hospitality Network (RAIHN), which provides emergency services to homeless families.

Awards and Recognitions

Kate was named one of the 2014 "Top Women in Law" by The Daily Record.  The Top Women in Law award recognizes the outstanding accomplishments of women attorneys who are making notable contributions to the legal profession, while inspiring a positive change in the community.

Kate was named to the 2013-2017 editions of Best Lawyers in America®.  She was also selected a 2007-2013 Upstate New York Super Lawyer. The Super Lawyer group represents the top 5% of attorneys in Upstate New York who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.