Karen Shatzkin

Lecturer in Law

Tel: (212) 684 - 3000
Email: kshatz@law.columbia.edu

Karen Shatzkin has had a small-firm civil litigation practice for over 20 years and has extensive courtroom experience, in addition to arbitrations and appeals.  A large number of her clients are in creative fields, including film, design, publishing, music and fine art.  She has handled a wide range of contract, copyright, trademark, employment and other civil matters, both in litigation and transactions.

Ms. Shatzkin graduated from the American School of Paris, France, and received her B.A. from the State University of New York at Buffalo (summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa). She is a graduate of Columbia Law School, where she was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and received the Archie O. Dawson Prize for proficiency in advocacy.

Ms. Shatzkin served as law clerk to U.S. District Judge Charles M. Metzner in the Southern District of New York. Following her clerkship, Ms. Shatzkin held positions with the City of New York, including Deputy Director of Juvenile Justice in the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Criminal Justice and Assistant Corporation Counsel in the Commercial Litigation Division of the New York City Law Department. Ms. Shatzkin has had her own private practice since 1983.

Fluent in French, Ms. Shatzkin has represented numerous clients from France and Belgium, as well as U.S. clients in their contractual dealings with French parties. She also has also acted on either side of matters involving residents and companies based in England (where she has had a second home for many years) and other European countries.

Ms. Shatzkin has extensive experience providing legal counsel for numerous documentary films and television productions.  (A partial list of projects on which she has worked appears at imdb.com.)  She created a day-long seminar on legal fundamentals for documentary artists and has served on panels for both filmmakers and media attorneys on challenges faced by documentary filmmakers.