Curiosity is a hallmark of effective mediators. Curiosity is also what makes for an avid reader. Karen Brimmer is both. In this installment of Meet our Mediators, we are proud to introduce Karen, who joined Upchurch Watson White & Max recently.
Like several of us, Karen wanted to be a teacher when headed to college. But, when her classmates at William & Mary started talking about applying to law school, that path became clear for her. After she completed her major in history and minor in English, the city of Miami and the University of Miami beckoned. Although she had traveled growing up, moving around as the child of a Marine, she had never been to Florida. And she liked it so much in South Florida, she decided to plant roots and start her career in Miami.
Interested in her reading list? Seeking knowledge, understanding and entertainment, Karen splits her reading time between fiction and non-fiction titles. If you ask her what the most influential title has been, she will be quick to point out Charlotte Bronte’s "Jane Eyre." That novel, introduced to her by her sixth-grade teacher, so profoundly captured her imagination, it established a lifelong love of the written word. It may well have even contributed to her decisions to study both history and English.
And, of course, we all know the importance of the written word to lawyers. As a litigator, Karen’s practice has been diverse and, among other areas, it included first-party insurance, personal injury, professional liability and employment. Her litigation experience and the skills that now contribute to her being a good mediator also contributed to her role as a co-partner-in-charge of Hinshaw Culbertson. Curiosity, and seeing how different people with differing interests can come together for a common purpose or common ground were a part of her management experience and are invaluable now for the parties and lawyers she serves in mediation.
I hope you enjoy learning more about Karen. And please join Karen and I as we discuss mediating employment disputes in our upcoming Webinar at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 27, 2021. In this free Florida CLE-approved program, we will discuss issues ranging from the timing of and preparation for the mediation through the mediation conference itself. You can find out more about it and register here:
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