Karen A. Lorenzen

Attorney Karen A. Lorenzen

Plaza Centre One
Suite 580
125 South Dubuque Street
Iowa City, Iowa 52240-5678

Phone: (319) 432-7948
Fax: (319) 887-3687
E-mail: klorenzen@hlplc.com

I am a native of Long Island, NY who came to Iowa in 1984 to attend the University of Iowa on a Field Hockey scholarship. I finished my BS in Sociology and Political Science in 1988 and then spent 2 years abroad. I returned to the University where I obtained my Juris Doctor in 1991. During law school I worked part time as a prosecuting attorney for the Johnson County Attorney's office. Later, I clerked for Jim Hayes at Meardon, Sueppel, Downer and Hayes. After law school, I moved to Orlando to work at Foley and Lardner, a large national law firm, gaining valuable experience in their litigation department.

In 1998 I returned to Iowa City to work with Jim Hayes. In 1999, we opened Hayes Lorenzen Lawyers and have been pursuing cases on behalf of injured plaintiffs ever since. The opportunity to work side by side with Jim has been both professionally and personally fulfilling. The cases we work on and the clients we have helped continue to challenge and reward us.

Current Employment Position(s)

  • Partner, since 1999

Year Joined Organization

  • 1999

Areas of Practice

  • Medical Malpractice
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents -- Plaintiff
  • Nursing Home
  • Personal Injury -- Plaintiff
  • Products Liability Law
  • Business Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Florida, 1993
  • Iowa, 1998
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Iowa


  • University of Iowa College of Law, Iowa City, Iowa, 1992
    Honors: With Distinction
  • University of Iowa, 1988
    Honors: With Honors

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American College of Trial Lawyers, 2011 - Present
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2009 - Present
  • Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers, 2005 - Present
  • Iowa State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • The Florida Bar Association
  • Iowa Trial Lawyers Association
  • The Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • National I- Club Board (Governing Board for Women's Athletics)
  • University of Iowa Letterman's Association
  • National I Club
  • Johnson County Bar Association

Past Employment Positions

  • Foley & Lardner, Orlando, Florida, Associate, 1992 - 1998
  • Meardon, Sueppel, Downer & Hayes, PLC, Associate, 1998 - 1999