Karen Lea
Smiley

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Karen specializes in the defense of medical professionals, long-term care facilities, non-profit corporations, and nonprofit boards of directors. She handles matters in federal court as well as in state courts throughout Georgia and Alabama at both the trial and appellate levels. Karen has successfully defended hundreds of matters involving medical malpractice, negligence, breach of contract, directors/officers liability, premises liability, defamation, discrimination, and construction defects. She has extensive experience in defending facilities and care providers engaged in long term care including cases involving skin breakdown, falls, nutrition, hydration, and elopement.

Areas of Practice

  • Long Term Care
  • Nursing Home Defense
  • Premises Liability
  • Directors and Officers Liability
  • Community Associations

Education

  • B.B.A, Economics and Finance, Loyola University Chicago (1994)
  • J.D, Tulane University School of Law (1997)

Recent Cases/Experience

  • Summary judgment in favor of nurses and a long-term care facility in a matter involving a pulmonary embolism and death
  • Successful motion to dismiss professional negligence claims against a long-term care facility sued for an alleged breach of duty related skin breakdown by challenging sufficiency expert affidavit
  • Successfully challenged and disqualified expert witnesses seeking to present opinions at trial relative to the standard of care applicable in a long-term care setting
  • Sought and was awarded attorney’s fees against Plaintiff suing long-term care facility for alleged failure to monitor
  • Defense of nursing staff and long-term care and nursing homes against allegations of negligence involving pressure wounds, falls, nutrition/hydration, elopements
  • Enforcement of arbitration provisions/ agreements

Karen specializes in the defense of medical professionals, long-term care facilities, non-profit corporations, and nonprofit boards of directors. She handles matters in federal court as well as in state courts throughout Georgia and Alabama at both the trial and appellate levels. Karen has successfully defended hundreds of matters involving medical malpractice, negligence, breach of contract, directors/officers liability, premises liability, defamation, discrimination, and construction defects. She has extensive experience in defending facilities and care providers engaged in long term care including cases involving skin breakdown, falls, nutrition, hydration, and elopement.

Areas of Practice

  • Long Term Care
  • Nursing Home Defense
  • Premises Liability
  • Directors and Officers Liability
  • Community Associations

Education

  • B.B.A, Economics and Finance, Loyola University Chicago (1994)
  • J.D, Tulane University School of Law (1997)

Recent Cases/Experience

  • Summary judgment in favor of nurses and a long-term care facility in a matter involving a pulmonary embolism and death
  • Successful motion to dismiss professional negligence claims against a long-term care facility sued for an alleged breach of duty related skin breakdown by challenging sufficiency expert affidavit
  • Successfully challenged and disqualified expert witnesses seeking to present opinions at trial relative to the standard of care applicable in a long-term care setting
  • Sought and was awarded attorney’s fees against Plaintiff suing long-term care facility for alleged failure to monitor
  • Defense of nursing staff and long-term care and nursing homes against allegations of negligence involving pressure wounds, falls, nutrition/hydration, elopements
  • Enforcement of arbitration provisions/ agreements

Karen Lea Smiley

Areas of Practice

  • Long Term Care
  • Nursing Home Defense
  • Premises Liability
  • Directors and Officers Liability
  • Community Associations

Karen Lea Smiley

Education

  • B.B.A, Economics and Finance, Loyola University Chicago (1994)
  • J.D, Tulane University School of Law (1997)

Karen Lea Smiley

Recent Cases/Experience

  • Summary judgment in favor of nurses and a long-term care facility in a matter involving a pulmonary embolism and death
  • Successful motion to dismiss professional negligence claims against a long-term care facility sued for an alleged breach of duty related skin breakdown by challenging sufficiency expert affidavit
  • Successfully challenged and disqualified expert witnesses seeking to present opinions at trial relative to the standard of care applicable in a long-term care setting
  • Sought and was awarded attorney’s fees against Plaintiff suing long-term care facility for alleged failure to monitor
  • Defense of nursing staff and long-term care and nursing homes against allegations of negligence involving pressure wounds, falls, nutrition/hydration, elopements
  • Enforcement of arbitration provisions/ agreements

Karen Lea Smiley

Practice Areas