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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.

When Tempers Flare

Transcript: We work in a high-pressure field where people’s lives and livelihoods are often at stake. When tempers flare and someone gets angry, what should you do? Here are three suggestions: Stay Calm. Adding your own emotions to the situation rarely results in a better outcome for anyone. Be aware of your client’s safety and [...]

By |2019-03-27T17:02:42-06:00March 28th, 2019|Managing Your Practice, Women in Law|0 Comments

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 |2019-03-05T11:02:23-06:00April 24th, 2018|Managing Your Practice, Women in Law|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 |2019-03-05T11:13:30-06:00March 29th, 2018|Managing Your Practice, Women in Law|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 [...]