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 the Lipson Neilson law firm, 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. She is a graduate of the Litigation Management Institute, and the President of the Michigan Chapter of the Claims & Litigation Management Alliance.


Effective 12(b)(6) Motions
By: Karen A. Smyth, Esq., Lipson, Neilson, Cole, Seltzer & Garin, P.C.

The Doctrine of Judicial Estoppel is an Effective Tool in the Defense of “Settle and Sue” Claims
By: Karen A. Smyth, Esq., Lipson Neilson P.C.