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Karen Dunn Named “Litigator of the Week” by The American Lawyer for Historic Verdict Against Charlottesville “Unite the Right” Rally Organizers
- December 3, 2021
The American Lawyer recognized litigation partner Karen Dunn as a “Litigator of the Week” for her part in the $26 million jury verdict against white supremacist and neo-Nazi groups in federal district court in Charlottesville on November 23. Recognized alongside Karen were co-counsel Roberta Kaplan of Kaplan Hecker & Fink and Alan Levine of Cooley, who jointly led the landmark suit alleging that the organizers of the August 2017 “Unite the Right” rally conspired to commit racially motivated violence, among other claims.
Litigation partners Jessica Phillips and Bill Isaacson, and associates Makiko Hiromi, Arpine Lawyer, Giovanni Sanchez and Nicholas Butto were also identified as core members of the trial team in the “Litigator of the Week” interview.
“What may stay with me the most is not anything that happened at the trial but what happened in response to the trial,” Karen said. “After the verdict, I heard from people across the country – including non-lawyers and people I had never met – who told me what this verdict meant to them, their families and their communities. At this moment, people are looking to the rule of law, to courts, and to lawyers who understand how these things work, to reassure themselves about our institutions, and to give them some degree of hope and optimism. If we contributed to that in some small way, that is itself a victory.”