Karen Coolman Amlong

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Employment & Labor Attorney in Fort Lauderdale, FL

The Amlong Firm
 | 500 NE 4th Street, Suite 200
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
Phone: 954-462-1983
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1979
Practice Areas:
  • Employment & Labor: Employee (50%),
  • Employment Litigation: Plaintiff (50%)
Attorney Profile

Karen Coolman Amlong is a founding partner of The Amlong Firm in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. An employment lawyer dedicated to equality in the workplace, she represents employees in cases involving harassment and discrimination based on gender, age, race, and other protected characteristics; executive noncompete agreements; executive severance agreements; whistleblowing; wrongful termination and other employer-employee disputes. 

As an advocate for workplace fairness, Ms. Amlong is well known for her dynamic litigation skills and effective trial presentations.  Her practice is characterized by thorough investigation, sound legal research, attention to detail and personalized case strategy tailored to the case and client.  She is AV-rated* and has been named a SuperLawyer since 2007. 

With 40 years of trial experience, she is at home in a courtroom and an experienced advocate for her clients.

Ms. Amlong has been involved in several organizations devoted to protecting the rights of individuals in the workplace. She is a frequent lecturer on labor and employment law, discrimination issues and trial tactics for bar associations, conferences and continuing legal education seminars.

She is licensed to practice in Florida, all the U.S. District Courts of Florida, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court.

*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 confidential opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories: legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
  • 50%Employment & Labor
  • 50%Employment Litigation
Focus Areas

Employment Law - Employee, Whistleblower, Sexual Harassment, Employment Discrimination, Wrongful Termination, Retaliation


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Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2020

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About Karen Amlong

Admitted: 1979, Florida

Professional Webpage: https://www.theamlongfirm.com/About/Karen-C-Amlong.shtml


  • One of Florida's Fifty Most Successful Business Women, Fast Track Magazine, 2002
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • Rated 10 out of 10 for "Superb" rating., www.AVVO.com
  • Recipient, Glass Ceiling Award, Florida National Organization for Women, 1998
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
  • AV "Preeminent" Rating; 5 out of 5, Martindale Hubbell
  • Broward County Women's Hall of Fame, 1995

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • National Association of Employment Lawyers (NELA)
  • American Association for Justice
  • Emeritis Member, Florida Board of Bar Examiners
  • Member, Florida Board of Bar Examiners, 1995 - 2000
  • Faculty Member, Employment Law Trial Skills Program, Florida Bar Labor & Employment Law Section, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2001 and 2004

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • State of Florida Commission on the Status of Women, 1993 - 1996
  • Broward County Commission on the Status of Women, 1992 - 1994
  • Broward County Charter Review Commission, 1994 - 1996

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:


  • $937,588 jury verdict - Whistleblower Retaliation - Igwe v. City of Miami.   https://topverdict.com/lists/2018/florida/100, 2018
  • $458,248 award by Court for attorneys fees and costs - Sex Discrimination and Relatiation - Anderson v. City of Ft, Pierce, bringing total award to $1,250,248, 2018
  • $182,664 jury verdict - Whistleblower Retaliation - Wheeler v. City of Fort Lauderdale., 2018
  • $447,325 jury verdict - Partnership Dispute - Ficarotta v. Prentice., 2018
  • $283,500 award by Court for front pay - Sex Discrimination and Retaliation - Anderson v. City of Ft. Pierce, 2017
  • $508,500 jury verdict - Sex Discrimination and Retaliation - Anderson v. City of Ft. Pierce, 2016

Representative Clients:

  • Glickstein v. Sun Bank/Miami, N.A. 922 F.2d 666, 11th Cir., 1991
  • Dahl v. Eckerd Family Youth Alternatives, Inc., 843 So.2d 956, Fla. 2nd DCA, 2003
  • Sheridan Health Corp., Inc. v. Amko, 993 So.2d 167, Fla. 4th DCA, 2008
  • In Re: Pearlman, 15 Fam. Law Rev. 1355, (BNA No. 30), 1989
  • Stockett v. Tolin, 791 F.Supp. 1536, 1554, S.D. Fla., 1992
  • Boone v. Etkin, 771 So.2d 559, Fla. 4th DCA, 2000

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Florida House of Representatives, 1974 - 1976

Educational Background:

  • Michigan State University, B.A. in Art History, Magna Cum Laude; Phi Beta Kappa, 1968


  • “Excellent thoughtful litigastor. A good mentor to other lawyers.”

These comments were made by fellow attorneys during the annual nomination process.

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Office Location for Karen Coolman Amlong

500 NE 4th Street
Suite 200
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301

Phone: 954-462-1983

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Last Updated: 12/27/2019

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