Karen K. Suhre

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Top Rated Employee Benefits Attorney in Dallas, TX

Attorney at Law
 | 2310 N. Henderson Ave., #322
Dallas, TX 75206
Phone: 214-821-1115
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2003 - 2004, 2006 - 2018
Licensed Since: 1982
Practice Areas:
  • Employee Benefits
Attorney Profile

Before founding her own law firm in Dallas, Texas, in 2001, Karen K. Suhre worked for more than 18 years as an associate and then a partner at a prominent Dallas firm. During this time, she focused her practice on executive compensation and employee benefits, and she now applies this experience in her representation of employers, individual executives and plan fiduciaries throughout Texas. Ms. Suhre provides legal counsel in areas including the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), tax-qualified retirement plans including pension plans, 401(k) plans and ESOPs, health and welfare plans, severance agreements, supplemental executive retirement plans, other executive compensation arrangements, and cafeteria plans.

After receiving a bachelor's degree from Southern Illinois University in 1979, Ms. Suhre attended the University of Illinois College of Law and was awarded a Juris Doctor magna cum laude in 1982. While in law school, she served on the University of Illinois Law Review, and upon graduation, she was named to the Order of the Coif. Ms. Suhre is admitted to practice in Texas.

Ms. Suhre is currently chair of the Employee Benefit Plans and Other Compensation Arrangements Group in the Section of Real Property, Trust and Estate Law of the American Bar Association, and recently chaired the Qualified Plans committee of that group.  She is a former chair of the Employee Benefits/Executive Compensation Section of the Dallas Bar Association.  Her fellow professionals hold her in high regard, as attested to by her receipt of an AV* 5.0/5.0 peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell. Ms. Suhre has also been selected for inclusion in the list of The Best Lawyers in America every year since 1999, and has been listed in D Magazine's "Best Lawyers in Dallas" for 2014-2018.

*AV®, BV®, AV Preeminent® and BV Distinguished® are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. 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 practice standards.

Practice Areas

Employee Benefits (100%)

Employee Benefits (100%)


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Super Lawyers: 2003 - 2004, 2006 - 2018

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Admitted: 1982, Texas

Professional Webpage: https://www.avvo.com/attorneys/75205-tx-karen-suhre-224038.h...


  • Lawyer of the Year, The Best Lawyers in America, 2013
  • Law Review and Order of the Coif, 1982

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Current Chair, American Bar Association, Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Employee Benefits Group
  • Past Vice President, Southwest Chapter, ESOP Association
  • National Center for Employee Ownership
  • Chair, Dallas Bar Association Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation Committee, 1998
  • American Bar Association, RPTE Section

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Continuing education webinar covering qualified domestic relations orders and other issues concerning assignment or transfer of retirement assets on divorce, including qualified plans, IRAs, and other tax favored accounts.  Also addressed the many considerations affecting designation of beneficiaries for retirement accounts., Speaker, Moderator & Author, Dividing Retirement Assets Upon Death or Divorce, American Bar Association RPTE eCLE, 2017
  • Law review article addressing the protection of retirement plan beneficiaries in bankruptcy in light of U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Clark v. Rameker that "inherited IRAs" are not exempt from creditors under federal bankruptcy law.  The article explores other legal bases for exempting inherited IRAs and other inherited retirement accounts from creditors, including ERISA, state law exemptions and use of trust funds as beneficiaries., Co-author, Bankruptcy Protection of Retirement Plan Beneficiaries After Clark v. Rameker, ABA Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Journal, 2015
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2310 N. Henderson Ave.
Dallas, TX 75206

Phone: 214-821-1115


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Last Updated: 5/21/2018

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