Karen M. Rabenau

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Durham, NC

Twiggs Strickland & Rabenau, P.A.
 | 4309 Emperor Blvd, Suite 410
Durham, NC 27703
Phone: 919-828-4357
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2017
Licensed Since: 1992
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (60%),
  • Civil Litigation: Plaintiff (20%),
  • Business Litigation (10%),
  • Professional Liability: Plaintiff (10%)
Attorney Profile

Karen M. Rabenau is a partner in the law firm of Twiggs, Strickland & Rabenau, P.A., in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, where she concentrates her practice on cases involving catastrophic personal injury, wrongful death, business torts, defective products and property owner negligence or premises liability.  Over the past 23 years, Ms. Rabenau has successfully represented clients in civil cases in state and federal courts and before arbitration panels.

Karen M. Rabenau holds an AV Preeminent* 5.0 out of 5 peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell - the highest rating available. She has been named to the Best Lawyers in America from 2003 to 2017 for her accomplishments in personal injury litigation and medical malpractice law, and she has been selected for inclusion in North Carolina Super Lawyers from 2008 to 2017.

Karen serves on the Litigation Section Council of the North Carolina Bar Association, currently as Chair, after serving for four years as Ethics Co-Chair and also as Treasurer, Secretary and Vice-Chair.  Karen has served on the Board of Governors of the North Carolina Advocates for Justice, and as Chair of the Medico–Legal Liaison Committee for the North Carolina Bar Association.  Karen also speaks to physician groups across North Carolina about legal topics.  In the community, Karen serves on the board of Caring House, and as a board trustee for a local independent school.

While at UNC Law School, Karen was one of two students in her second year class to be chosen as a member of the Holderness Moot Court National Team.  During her undergraduate studies at Hollins College, Karen was a Hollins Scholar and elected to Phi Beta Kappa.

*AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell peer review ratings fall into two categories: legal ability and general ethical standards.

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Personal Injury - General (60%)

Civil Litigation (20%)

Business Litigation (10%)

Professional Liability (10%)

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 10 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2008 - 2017

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About Karen Rabenau

Admitted 1992, North Carolina

Professional Webpage: http://www.nctrial.com/Attorney-Profiles/Karen-Rabenau/

Honors and Awards:

  • Best Lawyers in America, 2003 - 2017 Editions, Personal Injury Litigation, Medical Malpractice Law
  • Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating: AV Preeminent, 5.0 out of 5
  • Best Brief, Holderness Moot Court Invitational Team Competition, University of North Carolina, Albany, York, 1991
  • Best Brief, Holderness Moot Court Competition, University of North Carolina, 1990
  • Holderness Moot Court, National Team, University of North Carolina, 1990 - 1992

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, 1994
  • United States District Court Western Districts of North Carolina, 1994
  • United States District Court Middle District of North Carolina, 1993
  • United States District Court Eastern District of North Carolina, 1992
  • North Carolina State Bar, 1992
  • North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys, Wake County Chapter, 2008 - 2013
  • PAC Trustee, North Carolina Advocates for Justice, 2007 - 2014
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Litigation Section Council Secretary, 2014-2015
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Litigation Section Council Treasurer, 2013-2014
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Litigation Section Council Ethics Co-Chair, 2009 - 2013
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Litigation Section Council, 2003 - 2006 & 2010 - Present
  • Medico-Legal Liaison Committee, North Carolina Bar Association, 2002 - 2012
  • Convener, North Carolina Association of Women Attorneys
  • Fundraising Committee, Courthouse Kids Center, Wake County Bar Association, 1997
  • Public Service Committee, Wake County Bar Association, 1997 - 1998
  • Member, American Association for Justice, 1998 - 2001
  • Co-Chair, Publications Committee, American Association for Justice, 1998 - 1999
  • Regional Coordinator, Student Trial Advocacy Competition, American Association for Justice, Raleigh, North Carolina, February, 2001
  • Regional Coordinator, Student Trial Advocacy Competition, American Association for Justice, Raleigh, North Carolina, February, 1997
  • Member, American Association for Justice, 1996 - Present  
  • Co-Chair, Student Trial Advocacy Committee, American Association for Justice, 1998 - 2000
  • Board of Governors, American Association for Justice, New Lawyer’s Division, 2002 - 2003   
  • Legal Affairs Committee, American Association for Justice, 2006 - 2007
  • Member, President’s Club, American Association for Justice
  • Chair, 1996 Annual Convention, North Carolina Advocates for Justice
  • Secretary, North Carolina Advocates for Justice, 1996 - 1997
  • Chair, North Carolina Advocates for Justice, Young Lawyer’s Division, 1997 - 1998
  • Chair, Education Committee, North Carolina Advocates for Justice, 1999 - 2001
  • Secretary, North Carolina Advocates for Justice, 2000 - 2001
  • Chair, North Carolina Advocates for Justice, Professional Negligence Section, 2001 - 2002
  • Personnel Committee, North Carolina Advocates for Justice, 2001 - 2002
  • Education Committee, North Carolina Advocates for Justice, 1999 - 2002
  • Board of Governors, North Carolina Advocates for Justice, 1999 - 2005 and 2007 - 2010
  • Member, President’s Club, North Carolina Advocates for Justice
  • Child Advocacy Committee, North Carolina Bar Association, 1996 - 1998
  • Chair, Law Day Poster Art Committee, North Carolina Bar Association, 1997 - 2005
  • North Carolina Bar Association, Law Day Committee, 1997 - 2005
  • Chair, Medico-Legal Liaison Committee, North Carolina Bar Association, 2006 - 2008

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Board Member, International Montessori School, 2008 - 2011
  • Planned Parenthood of Central North Carolina, Benefit Host, 2002 - 2006
  • Choice Affairs Committee, Planned Parenthood of Central North Carolina, 2003 - 2006
  • Board of Governors, Planned Parenthood of Central North Carolina, 2004 - 2006
  • Avid Runner, Gardener & Seamstress
  • President, Hope Valley Garden Club, 2008 - 2009
  • Secretary, International Montessori School, 2009 - 2010 Academic Year

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • Speaker, Mediation Presentation, Duke University School of Law, Durham, North Carolina, March, 2012
  • Speaker, Making the Rules of Evidence Work Pre-Trial, North Carolina Advocates for Justice, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, December, 2012
  • Speaker, Winning Deposition Strategies, North Carolina Bar Association, Raleigh, North Carolina, October, 2013
  • Speaker, Medico-Legal Issues in Emergency Medicine, Emergency Medicine Residency Program, Asheville, North Carolina, March, 2014
  • Speaker, Medico-Legal Issues in Emergency Medicine, Emergency Medicine Residency Program, Asheville, North Carolina, March, 2013
  • Speaker, Medico-Legal Issues in Emergency Medicine, Emergency Medicine Residency Program, Asheville, North Carolina, February, 2011
  • Speaker, Medico-Legal Issues in Emergency Medicine, Emergency Medicine Residency Program, Asheville, North Carolina, March, 2012
  • Amicus on behalf of North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers, Stewart v. Southeastern Regional Medical Center, et al., North Carolina Court of Appeals, May, 2000. Issue: Where Rule 9(j) Extensions may be filed in Medical Negligence Cases
  • Amicus on behalf of the North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers, Milon v. Duke, et al., North Carolina Supreme Court, December, 2001. Issue: Enforceability of Mandatory Arbitration clause in Medical Negligence Case
  • Speaker: Investigation Through the Internet, American Association for Justice, Winter Convention, Maui, Hawaii, February, 1998
  • Speaker, Mandatory Arbitration Clauses in Medical Negligence Cases, Western Trial Lawyers Association, Sun Valley, Idaho, February, 2000
  • Speaker, Mandatory Arbitration Clauses in Medical Negligence Cases, North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers, Raleigh, North Carolina, May, 2000
  • Speaker, Powerpoint in Mediation, American Association for Justice, Winter Convention, New Orleans, Louisiana, February, 2001
  • Speaker, Powerpoint in Mediation, North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers, Summer Convention, Sunset Beach, North Carolina, June, 2001
  • Speaker, Medico-Legal Issues in Emergency Medicine, Emergency Medicine Residency Program, Asheville, North Carolina, February, 2004
  • Speaker, Mandatory Arbritration in Medical Negligence Cases, North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers, Raleigh, North Carolina, February, 2004
  • Speaker, Medico-Legal Issues in Otolaryngology, Bowman Gray School of Medicine ENT Department Harrell Lecture, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, March, 2004
  • Speaker, Medico-Legal Issues in Emergency Medicine, Emergency Medicine Residency Program, Asheville, North Carolina, February, 2005
  • Speaker, Medico-Legal Issues in Emergency Medicine, Emergency Medicine Residency Program, Asheville, North Carolina, February, 2006
  • Speaker, North Carolina Medico-Legal Guidelines, North Carolina Health Information Management Association, Southeastern Region, Sampson Regional Medical Center, April, 2007
  • Speaker, Medico-Legal Issues in Emergency Medicine, Emergency Medicine Residency Program, Asheville, North Carolina, March, 2009
  • Speaker, Medico-Legal Issues in Emergency Medicine, Emergency Medicine Residency Program, Asheville, North Carolina, February, 2008
  • Speaker, North Carolina Medico-Legal Guidelines, Webinar for North Carolina Bar Association, Raleigh, North Carolina, May, 2008
  • Speaker, Trying Your First Case, North Carolina Advocates for Justice, Raleigh, North Carolina, September, 2009
  • Speaker, Panel Discussion on Introduction to Practice, Duke University School of Law, Durham, North Carolina, February, 2010
  • Speaker, Medico-Legal Issues in Emergency Medicine Emergency Medicine Residency Program, Asheville, North Carolina, February, 2010
  • Abrams & Rabenau, The Interplay between Workmen’s Compensation and Third Party Actions, The Litigator, October, 1993
  • Mandatory Arbitration Clauses in Medical Negligence Cases NCATL Medical Negligence, May, 2000
  • Appellate Developments in Medical Negligence, Trial Briefs. April, 2001

Educational Background:

  • Hollins College, B.A., Phi Beta Kappa, 1989, Hollins Scholar, 4 Year Scholarship, Top Ten Applicant to Freshman Class, Renewed through Maintaining Honors GPA, Sarah McCutchen Cook Award for American Studies, Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Court Packing Plan, University of London, Spring 1988  
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Office Location for Karen M. Rabenau

4309 Emperor Blvd
Suite 410
Durham, NC 27703

Phone: 919-828-4357

 

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