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Jacksonville, Florida, United States
September 05, 2018

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Karin Posser Oko

St. Augustine, FL ***** 904-***-**** Senior Counsel

Negotiations & Dispute Resolution Risk Management & Corporate Strategy Senior counsel and seasoned litigator with 14+ years of experience and broad range of knowledge in financial and insurance industries. Zealous advocate with solid business acumen, skillful problem-solving and analytical capabilities, and clear and concise legal writing. Proven success in handling competing interests with sophistication and finesse.

• Trusted leader with strong oversight and acumen in managing complex matters, training and mentoring staff, and creating collaborative environments during business transition and transformation.

• Demonstrated record of developing litigation strategies and serving as escalation counsel for high-risk litigation and client reputational risk issues.

• Expertise in providing tactical direction and guidance for corporate representatives to testify at deposition and trial, and interfacing with key stakeholders and executives to build stronger partnerships.

• Highly skilled in multiple areas of law involving commercial and civil litigation with strong ability to effectively communicate, negotiate, and draft legal documents. Case Strategy & Legal Advisory Contract Review & Analysis Training & Coaching Risk Management Client Relationship Management Negotiations & Global Settlements Legal Research & Writing Discovery Management Trial Advocacy Professional Experience

Of Counsel (Supervising Attorney) MCGLINCHEY STAFFORD, Jacksonville, FL (April 2011 – Aug. 2018) National firm with 200+ attorneys in 13 offices with focus on corporate and business litigation. Recruited as 1 of 3 attorneys to spearhead opening of Florida office for national firm. Served as office administrator to execute important business decisions and direct issues for personnel management (multiple attorneys and staff members), including hiring, promotion, performance evaluation, compensation, training, mentoring, and business expenditures.

• Hand-selected to serve on task force to recruit and hire managing attorney for Ft. Lauderdale office and appointed to team to develop and test case management software for firm use.

• Served on firm’s Diversity Committee and Women’s Initiative Committee to enhance recruitment and retention of diverse lawyers to create inclusive environment.

• Appointed as special counsel in Florida for Bank of America, defended banks in federal compliance matters, managed foreclosure sales team, and conducted conflict checks for high-profile matters.

• Argued 5 appeals before Florida District Courts of Appeal that upheld final judgments for foreclosure following summary judgment and/or trial.

• Obtained dismissal of FDCPA and FCCPA claims for financial institution on successful motion to dismiss and appeal.

• Successfully settled, tried, and disposed of multiple high-value foreclosure cases involving challenging standing issues. Associate Attorney, Litigation VERNIS & BOWLING, Jacksonville, FL (Oct. 2008 – April 2011) National firm with 250+ attorneys in 17 offices focusing on litigation and expansion into broad-based practice with real estate. Recruited to manage real estate division and represent clients in broad range of commercial and residential real estate cases involving foreclosures, deficiency judgments, appeals, title defects, appeals, negotiated deeds in lieu, and short sales. Provided expansive legal advisory in handling general civil litigation and insurance defense litigation, including coverage and carrier representation, personal injury, medical and legal malpractice, products and premises liability, and employment law.

• First-chaired and successfully defended commercial breach of contract claim during 3-day bench trial.

• Represented multiple financial institutions through successful summary judgment motions, trials, and appeals in obtaining final judgments of foreclosure.

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Associate Attorney, Litigation COLE, SCOTT AND KISSANE, Jacksonville, FL (May 2007 – Oct. 2008) Large statewide firm with 11 offices and 400 attorneys focusing on wide spectrum of civil and commercial litigation matters. Recruited to represent insurance coverage and insurance carrier claims involving bad faith/extra contractual liability cases, homeowners’ insurance coverage, class actions, personal injury litigation, employment law, premises liability, and construction defect matters. Managed large caseload and handled all facets of pre-suit and litigation, from initial file evaluations and opinion letters, to motion practice, and settlement negotiations. Attended trials and conducted depositions, mediations, global settlement conferences, and pre-trial conferences.

• Procured favorable settlement outcome for insurance company client in high-risk, third-party bad faith case in which insurance company allegedly failed to settle claim in good faith.

• Successfully resolved case for insured which involved rear-end collision that did not cause Plaintiff’s alleged injuries. Associate Attorney, Litigation CONROY SIMBERG, Hollywood, FL & Jacksonville, FL (Sept. 2004 – May 2007) Full-service, large firm with 11 offices in Florida and Georgia and 140 attorneys focusing on civil and commercial litigation. Hand-selected as 1 of 3 attorneys to open Jacksonville, Florida office and direct all aspects of litigation, from inception through trial preparation and resolution. Represented clients in bad faith litigation, class actions, construction defects, premises liability, auto negligence, and products liability matters.

• Drafted legal memoranda, conducted and defended depositions, handled all aspects of motion practice, appeared in court, and handled global settlement conferences and mediations for various matters.

• Resolved complex multi-party wrongful death case against high-profile developer and its subcontractors involving allegations of mold.


J.D., with honors Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, FL Hazsman & Criden, P.A. Fellowship • Pro Bono Honors Program • Senior Articles Editor, Nova Law Review • Moot Court M.A., summa cum laude, American History University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Greensboro, NC R.G. Lane History Scholarship • Departmental Assistantship • Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts Horton Fellow B.A., magna cum laude, History (high honors) & English (with distinction) University of Florida, Gainesville, FL Senior Thesis High Honors • University of Innsbruck Ambassador Fellow Bar Admissions & Professional Affiliations

Florida Bar

U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida

U.S. District Court Southern District of Florida

United States Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit

Jacksonville Bar Association

Jacksonville Women Lawyers Association

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