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Karen Thalacker

About Karen Thalacker

Karen is a graduate of Wartburg College in Waverly, IA, and Drake University Law School in Des Moines, IA. She began her legal career as a prosecutor before entering private practice. For over 20 years, her practice has focused on family law and general practice. Karen is trained in Collaborative Law and also acts as a parenting coordinator for high conflict parents. Since 2009, Karen has served as a judicial magistrate in Iowa. She is also the Chief Compliance Officer and pre-law advisor at Wartburg College. Karen is the author of “The New Lawyer’s Handbook: 101 Things They Don’t Teach You in Law School” and also two knitting books for children. Her commentaries and guest opinions have appeared in the Huffington Post and the Des Moines Register. She and her husband Pete have 4 children.

Expectations for Conclusion

At the end of a case emotions and expectations are both running high. Guest Blogger Karen Thalacker addresses the importance of preparing your client for what happens as the case winds down and a settlement is reached. Transcript:  As attorneys, we do our best to manage our clients’ expectations during a case.  But we may [...]

Bearer of Bad News

Sure, we wish that every day would result in good news delivered to a happy client. And we also know that just isn't realistic. Delivering that good news is rewarding for both you and your client. Reporting bad news can be devastating for your client and absolutely deflating to you as the attorney. However, there [...]

By |2018-04-24T14:11:03+00:00April 24th, 2018|Managing Your Practice|0 Comments

3 Things to Consider When Wearing Your Counselor Hat

Attorneys often wear many hats for their clients. In this short video, Guest Blogger Karen Thalacker looks at an attorney’s role as a counselor. She focuses on three things to consider when wearing your counselor hat. Transcript We answer to a variety of names.  Lawyer.  Attorney.  Advocate.  But there’s one name that sometimes gets overlooked [...]

By |2018-03-27T14:48:16+00:00March 29th, 2018|Managing Your Practice|0 Comments

Letting Go: When Clients Don’t Work Out

It's hard, but sometimes it's okay when a client says goodbye. Guest Blogger Karen Thalacker discusses when the relationship doesn't work out and how you can handle it with grace. Transcript:  Some attorneys call it “parting ways.”  Some attorneys call it “irreconcilable differences.”  But most attorneys just call it “getting fired.”  The first time it [...]

By |2018-02-27T15:41:12+00:00February 28th, 2018|Managing Your Practice, Young Lawyers' Corner|0 Comments

Fridays = Freedom to Recharge

Use your Fridays wisely to plan ahead and enjoy your time away from the office without stressing about things left undone over the weekend. Transcript KAREN: How many lawyers do you know who leave the office on Friday afternoon and spend the whole weekend worrying about work? You need some time to relax and recharge [...]

It’s 2018: Three Resolutions for your Consideration

The start of a new year is the perfect time to make some resolutions for your law practice. Karen poses three resolutions you might consider heading into 2018. Transcript: 2018 is here and everyone is making New Year’s Resolutions for their personal life.  Let’s make some New Year’s Resolutions for your law practice too.  Here [...]

Be Nice: Lawyer to Lawyer Communication

We all know that clients can be difficult at times.  But do lawyers have to be difficult too?  Here are a few reminders about what not to do when communicating with another lawyer. Transcript: Being a lawyer is a tough job.  Your client can be difficult.  The other side’s client can be difficult. The one [...]