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Hayes Lorenzen Lawyers PLC

KarenA.Lorenzen
Plaza Centre One
Suite 580
125 South Dubuque Street
Iowa City, Iowa52240-5678

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Phone: 319-887-3688
E-mail: klorenzen@hlplc.com
Fax: 319-887-3687
Web site: http://www.hlplc.com


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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
Education:
University of Iowa College of Law, Iowa City, Iowa, 1992
J.D.
Honors:With Distinction


University of Iowa, 1988
B.S.
Honors:With Honors


Professional Associations and Memberships:
American College of Trial Lawyers, 2011 - Present
Fellow


Best Lawyers in America, 2009 - Present


Iowa Academy of Trial Lawyers, 2005 - Present
Fellow


Iowa State Bar Association
Member


American Bar Association
Member


The Florida Bar Association
Member


Iowa Trial Lawyers Association
Member


The Association of Trial Lawyers of America
Member


National I- Club Board (Governing Board for Women's Athletics)


University of Iowa Letterman's Association


National I Club


Johnson County Bar Association
Member


Past Employment Positions:
Foley & Lardner, Orlando, Florida, Associate, 1992 - 1998


Meardon, Sueppel, Downer & Hayes, PLC, Associate, 1998 - 1999


Case Summaries

James R. Speed v. State of Iowa, 240 N.W.2d 901 (1976), changed medical malpractice law in the state of Iowa as it had been known.
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Firm News

8/27/13 Hayes Lorenzen partner Karen Lorenzen honored by inclusion in the 2013 edition of the Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers

8/14/13 Hayes Lorenzen again named a “Tier 1 Best Law Firm” by U.S. News and World Report. See More.

7/1/12 James Hayes and Karen Lorenzen named a Benchmark Plaintiff "Local Litigation Star".

7/1/12 Hayes Lorenzen Lawyers named a Benchmark Plaintiff "Highly Recommended" Plaintiffs' firm.

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