Prior to opening her own offices, Attorney Karen Atzert worked at two of Philadelphia’s most prominent immigration law firms, where she handled numerous complex immigration matters. She has secured immigration benefits for individuals with lengthy criminal records, prior deportation orders, and other complicated histories. She has won U visas and green cards for victims of various crimes, such as domestic violence, felonious assault, and sexual abuse. Following the surge of central American children entering the United States, Karen successfully fought to stop the removal proceedings of numerous young people and enable them to become permanent residents of the United States.
Karen is dedicated to serving immigrant communities. After graduating from law school, Karen served as a staff attorney for the Crime Victims Law Project, where she represented victims of sexual assault, domestic violence and stalking in immigration, child custody, Protection from Abuse, child support and landlord tenant matters. Karen has been named to the Pro Bono Honor Roll for the First Judicial District of Pennsylvania, based on her extensive volunteer work for the Support Center for Child Advocates and Philadelphia Volunteers for the Indigent Program. Karen has also lectured at the Women’s Center of Montgomery County in areas such as immigration, domestic violence, and Protection from Abuse (PFA) orders.
Karen received her law degree from the University of Notre Dame, where she was a Dean’s List student. As an undergraduate, Karen attended Columbia University, where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Economics and was also named to the Dean’s List. Karen is fluent in Spanish.
Karen is licensed to practice state law in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. She is eligible to practice immigration law in all fifty states and is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association.