KAREN MARTINO VALLE  is a principal attorney of the firm and a member of the firmís Corporate, Health and Estate Planning and Administration Practice Groups, primarily focusing on the organization and operation of business and not-for-profit corporations, partnerships and limited liability companies. Karen serves as general counsel to numerous business entities on a wide range of issues, including transactional matters, mergers and acquisitions and tax planning, with a special focus on health-related entities, and also serves as general counsel to a substantial number of exempt organizations. Other major practice areas include estate planning and administration, business and succession planning, and regulatory compliance for health-care entities, including the defense of Medicare and Medicaid audits and Stark, Medicare and Medicaid compliance.

In addition to her law practice, she is an Adjunct Professor at the School of Business, University at Albany, where she teaches a graduate level course on Corporate Taxation, and is also an Adjunct Professor at the School of Management, at Union Graduate College, where she currently teaches a course on Business Law, and previously taught a course on the taxation, formation and operation of corporations, partnerships and limited liability companies.

Karen is a graduate of New York University School of Law, where she received an LLM degree in Taxation, a cum laude graduate of St. Johnís University School of Law, and a magna cum laude graduate of St. Johnís University, where she received an undergraduate degree in Accounting. She holds the highest peer-review rating from Martindale-Hubbell (A-V). Karen is admitted to practice law in the State of New York, the United States Supreme Court, the United States Tax Court and the United States District Courts of the Southern, Eastern and Northern Districts of New York.

She has authored a monthly column on estate planning for the Senior Source, a publication for senior citizens published by the Albany Times Union, and more recently authored a column entitled ďChanges to Publication Requirements in New York State,Ē that appeared in the New York Law Journal. Karen has also lectured on estate planning and fiduciary income tax planning at seminars presented by the New York State Bar Associations and the New York State Office of the Aging.


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