Karen Shatzkin has had a small-firm civil litigation practice for more than 20 years and has extensive courtroom, arbitrations, and appeals experience. Several 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.
Shatzkin served as law clerk to U.S. District Judge Charles M. Metzner in the Southern District of New York. Following her clerkship, she held positions with New York City government, 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. Shatzkin has had her own private practice since 1983.
Fluent in French, she 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 and other European countries. Shatzkin has extensive experience providing legal counsel for numerous documentary films and television productions. She created a daylong seminar on legal fundamentals for documentary artists and has served on panels for both filmmakers and media attorneys on challenges faced by documentary filmmakers.
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. Shatzkin graduated from the American School of Paris and received her B.A. summa cum laude from the State University of New York at Buffalo, where she was elected Phi Beta Kappa.