Roberta Karmel

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Title: Centennial Professor of Law
Company: Brooklyn Law School
Location: Hastings on Hudson, New York, United States

Roberta Karmel, Centennial Professor of Law at Brooklyn Law School, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Lawyers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in operations, securities and regulations.

With the influence of her father being a litigation lawyer, the path to work in the legal field was a natural course for Ms. Karmel to take. Early on, she knew she wanted to work once she graduated from college and found her calling the footsteps of her father. After many years of practicing law, she now fully enjoys the benefits of being a professor at Brooklyn Law School. She began teaching early on in her career as a lawyer, starting with the institution as an adjunct professor of law in 1973. In 1985, she was made a full professor at the institution. As part of her legal career, she began work as an assistant regional administrator with the Securities and Exchange Commission in 1962. In 1969, she became an associate at Willkie, Farr & Gallagher, a role she held until 1972. That year, she joined Roger & Wells as a partner. From 1977 to 1980, she furthered her legal experience by becoming the commissioner of the Securities and Exchange Commission.

After three years with the SEC, she rejoined Roger & Wells as counsel, spending five years in this position. From 1987 to 1994, she served as partner at Kelley, Drye & Warren and was then made counsel at the firm in 1995 until her departure in 2002. In order to practice law, Ms. Karmel first earned a Bachelor of Arts from Radcliffe College. She then attended New York University, receiving an LLB in 1962. In 1998, she received an Honorary HHD from King’s College. Ms. Karmel was admitted to practice in the State of New York in 1962 and in the US District Court, the Southern and Eastern Districts in the State of New York in 1964. She later was admitted to the Second Circuit with the US Court of Appeals in 1968, the US Supreme Court in 1969 and the Third Circuit with the US Court of Appeals in 1987.

In her career, Ms. Karmel has been recognized with numerous accolades that attest to her success and proficiency in the field. She is the recipient of the Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award with the American Bar Association and the Direct Women Award with the Sandra Day O’Connor Board of Excellence. Furthermore, she received the William O. Douglas Award from the Association of Securities and Exchange Commission Alumni. Ms. Karmel has maintained affiliation with the American Bar Association, the Association of the Bar of the City of New York, the American Law Institute, the Financial Women’s Association and is an honorary member of the Phi Beta Kappa Alpha Iota Chapter at Harvard University. She has also been featured in numerous editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Law, Who’s Who in the East and Who’s Who of American Women.

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