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Karen L. Vervaecke, Attorney at Law and Mediator

Karen has been engaged in the practice of law, with an emphasis on all aspects of Family Law and Criminal Law and Mediation for almost 25 years. She is a former Douglas County Assistant Public Defender and worked on domestic violence, abuse, neglect, status offenses and dependency cases in Juvenile court, as well as Appellate work. In addition to maintaining a private family, juvenile and criminal law practice, she has been a Court Appointed Guardian ad litem in over 750 cases in District Court in both Douglas and Sarpy Counties, as well as a Court Appointed Parenting Plan Mediator and Criminal Justice Act (CJA) attorney. She has also represented employers in workplace conflicts at the administrative level.

Her private practice includes family law, real estate, probate, general civil law, and criminal law both at the state and federal level. She has been a small business owner of an American Craft Gallery in Florida and as such, is well aware of the legal issues that confront small business owners.

Finally, Karen is a mediator with extensive experience in Family Law, employment and construction disputes and residential foreclosures.

Education and Training

  • Bachelor of Science, Business Administration Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska
  • Juris Doctor, Creighton School of Law, Omaha Nebraska
  • Admitted Supreme Court State of Nebraska
  • Admitted United States District Court for Nebraska
  • Divorce Mediation and Conflict Resolution, Northern California Mediator Center
  • Advanced Training in Financial and Business Aspects of Divorce, Mediation and Conflict Management Services of St. Louis
  • Family and County Mediation Program, Mediation Training Group, Boca Raton
  • Florida Qualified Arbitrator Training, Lauderhill Florida
  • Civil/Circuit Mediation Training, Mediation Training Center, Fort Lauderdale, Fl
  • Residential Mortgage Foreclosure Mediation Training, Alternative Dispute Resolution Services, Fort Myers
  • Douglas County Court Appointed Mediator
  • Private Family Law Mediator – Member of American Council for Children, President-elect of Nebraska Council for Children, 1997-1998
  • Florida Supreme Court Certified Family, County, Circuit/Civil and Residential Foreclosure Mediator
  • Florida Supreme Court Qualified Arbitrator

Professional Memberships

  • Omaha Bar Association
  • Association for Conflict Resolution