Karen A. Smyth



  • Bloomfield Hills, MI
  • 3910 Telegraph Road, Suite 200
  • Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302
  • 248-593-5000
  • 248-593-5040 FAX
  • ksmyth@lipsonneilson.com

Practice Areas

  • Appellate Practice
  • Architects, Engineers & Design Professionals
  • Business Torts & Commercial Litigation
  • Employment Liability
  • Directors & Officers Liability
  • Property & Casualty
  • Employment Practices Liability
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Legal Professional Liability
  • Medical Malpractice Liability
  • Miscellaneous Errors & Omissions
  • Premises Liability


University of Detroit School of Law, J.D.

Canisius College, B.A.


New York

President of the Michigan Chapter for the Claims and Litigation Management Alliance.

Certified Litigation Management Professional

As a partner at Lipson, Neilson, Cole, Seltzer & Garin, P.C., Karen A. Smyth has considerable experience counseling/defending lawyers, medical professionals and employers, both directly and through insurance carriers. In addition, she represents numerous other professionals, including insurance brokers and agents, real estate brokers and agents, directors & officers in a broad range of litigation matters in both state and federal courts. Ms. Smyth is a licensed attorney in Michigan and New York. She is a member of the New York State Bar Association, the State Bar of Michigan and its Health Care, Negligence and Litigation Law Sections. She has co-authored an article on the topic of the statute of limitations and legal malpractice claims featured in the Michigan Defense Quarterly as well as being invited to speak to the Oakland University (MI)-William Beaumont Hospital Graduate School of Nurse Anesthetists on the topic of Medical Malpractice. Ms. Smyth earned a B.A. from Canisius College in Buffalo, New York and earned her J.D. from the University of Detroit School of Law.

Speaking Engagements

Second Annual Employment Practices Liability Insurance ExecuSummit in Chicago on April 12-13, 2016
Karen Smyth will be featured on a panel of leading industry professionals discussing “EEOC & LGBT Employment Matters: Accommodations, Harassment, Title VII & Impact of Obergefell”. Karen has considerable experience in the defense of professional liability cases, including legal malpractice, medical malpractice, and employment practices litigation. She is a licensed attorney in Michigan and New York, a graduate of the Litigation Management Institute and the President of the Michigan Chapter of the Claims & Litigation Management Alliance.