Karen D. Gerber

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Criminal Defense Attorney in Winston-Salem, NC

Law Offices of Karen D. Gerber PLLC
224 Cherry St S
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
Phone: 336-331-5288
Fax: 336-725-5103
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2021 - 2022
Licensed Since: 2005
Practice Areas: Criminal Defense (50%), Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI (30%), Criminal Defense: White Collar (20%)
Languages Spoken: English, Spanish
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Attorney Profile

Attorney Karen D. Gerber is a criminal defense solo practitioner based in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. Ms. Gerber is the founder of the Law Offices of Karen D. Gerber, PLLC, and handles all aspects of criminal defense in State and Federal Courts, serving clients in Winston-Salem, the Greensboro and High Point areas and throughout North Carolina.

Ms. Gerber has over 15 years of experience and has always focused her practice on criminal defense law. Over the course of her career, she has successfully resolved cases involving drug charges, DUI/DWI, sexual assault, white-collar crimes and other misdemeanors and felonies.

Active in professional organizations and her greater community, Ms. Gerber has served as president (2019) and vice president (2018) of the Forsyth County Criminal Defense and Trial Lawyers Association, Executive Committee Member of the Forsyth County Bar and has sat on the board of directors of Professional Women of Winston-Salem.  She is a member of the North Carolina State Bar, the 21st Judicial District Bar and the Forsyth County Criminal Defense Trial Lawyers Association. She often volunteers with events within her community.

After graduating from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a bachelor’s degree in economics, Ms. Gerber earned her law degree from Wake Forest School of Law. She holds licenses to practice law before all North Carolina state courts, the U.S. district courts for the middle and western districts of North Carolina and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit.

Prior to founding her law firm, Ms. Gerber spent eight years serving as a public defender. This experience allowed her to develop her criminal defense knowledge, skill and experience, which she puts to use defending her current clients.

Practice Areas
  • 50%Criminal Defense
  • 30%Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI
  • 20%Criminal Defense: White Collar
Focus Areas

Arrest & Arraignment, Assault & Battery, Criminal Fraud, Criminal Law, Drug & Alcohol Violations, Expungement, False Accusations, Felony, Juvenile Delinquency, Misdemeanor, Motor Vehicle Offenses, Murder, Parole, Probation, Prosecution, Sex Offenses, Tax Evasion, Theft, Traffic Violations, Criminal Domestic Violence, DUI/DWI, White Collar Crime, Criminal Law - Federal

Selections

2 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2021 - 2022

Certificates and Credentials

About Karen D. Gerber

Admitted: 2005, North Carolina

Professional Webpage: https://www.karengerberlaw.com/attorney/gerber-karen/

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Professional Women of Winston-Salem, Board of Directors, 2016 - 2018
  • 21st Judicial District, Member, 2013 - Present
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Western District of North Carolina
  • Supervise Wake Forest University School of Law Litigation Clinic Intern, under third year practice rule, 2013
  • Federal Defender's Conference- Western District of North Carolina, 2012
  • Annual Death Penalty Conference- Capital Defender's Office, 2017
  • Supervise Wake Forest University School of Law Litigation Clinic Intern, under third year practice rule, 2015
  • Member, North Carolina State Bar, 2005 - Present 
  • Attended Capital Conference, Bridging the Gap Non-Cap Murder and Digital Forensics CLES, toured the OCME and observed a live autopsy (with ME commentary)-Sponsored by IDS, Capital Defender and FCCDA, 2016
  • Board of Directors for Forsyth County Criminal Defense and Trial Attorneys Association, 2017
  • Member and Prior President (2019) and Vice President (2018), Forsyth County Criminal Defense and Trial Attorneys Association, 2016 - Present
  • Federal Defender's Conference- Western District of North Carolina, 2013

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Race Director- 22nd Annual Run Leo 10K, 5K and Fun Run Road Race Benefit, 2017 - Present
  • PWWS Annual Gala & Silent Auction benefiting PWWS Scholarship Fund & Dress for Success, 2017 - Present
  • Committee Leader- Professional Women of Winston Salem Annual Charity Gala, benefiting Dress for Success, 2017
  • Board of Directors- Professional Women of Winston Salem (Social Media Co-Chair), 2016
  • Served on Domestic Violence Initiative Panel in Forsyth County, hosted by the Children’s Law Center and WFU Initiative, 2016
  • School Board Member- St. Leo the Great Catholic School, 2017
  • Rescued and fostered puppies until adopted, 2014

Educational Background

  • The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC, Bachelor of Arts in Economics, Dean’s List (1997-2001) Researched, analyzed and wrote senior thesis in Economics on Parental Leave Policies and Small Businesses in NC, utilizing empirical data compilation and analysis Strong background in Statistics and data management/analysis NC Equity- Intern in the Work and Family Center (Raleigh, NC) Family Violence and Rape Crisis Center- Intern and volunteer Student Congress Representative- Student Affairs Committee UNC Equestrian Team- Student Athlete, Intercollegiate Competitor & Fundraising Co-Chair, 2001

Honors/Awards

  • Trial Bar Competition Semi-Finalist, Zeliff Trial Bar Competition, Wake Forest University School of Law, 2004
  • Faculty Scholarship Recipient, Wake Forest University School of Law, 2002-2003 

Special Licenses/Certifications

  • Licensed by the Federal District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina, 2005
  • Licensed by the North Carolina State Bar, 2005
  • Appointed to the Capital Defenders Roster, 2016

Other Outstanding Achievements

  • Tried Class A Felony to Jury Verdict (first chair), 2011
  • Appointed as a member of the Capital Defense Roster, 2016
  • Member of the Federal CJA Panel for the Middle District of North Carolina, 2011
  • Member of the Federal CJA Panel for the Middle District of North Carolina, 2012
  • Member of the Federal CJA Panel for the Middle District of North Carolina, 2013

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Wake Forest University School of Law Public Interest Law Organization Speaker on Criminal Defense and Indigent Defense Services, Speaker, Wake Forest University School of Law, Public Interest Law Organization, 2014
  • Invited Guest Lecturer for Wake Forest University School of Law's awarded Litigation Clinic Program, Guest Lecturer, Client Interviews, Wake Forest University School of Law, Litigation Clinic, 2016

Industry Groups

  • Individuals
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Office Location for Karen D. Gerber

224 Cherry St S
Winston-Salem, NC 27101

Phone: 336-331-5288

Fax: 336-725-5103

Last Updated: 7/27/2021

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