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Karen S. Yochim


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Before beginning law school, Karen Yochim’s academic and employment endeavors provided the perfect foundation for her eventual career as a Family Law and Estate Planning & Administration Attorney. Karen’s undergraduate degree, which combined Economics, with a concentration in psychology, was attained in 1997 from Furman University. Following graduation, Karen worked for several years as a branch manager for one of the nation’s largest financial institutions.

Wanting a more fulfilling career which focused on serving the needs of the family unit, Karen returned to school and received her J.D., cum laude, from the University of Florida Frederick G. Levin College of Law in 2003. Upon being admitted to the Florida Bar in 2003, Karen accepted a position as an associate attorney with a locally recognized law firm, where she continued to practice for the next 6+ years. In 2009, she left this firm, to establish a law firm where she was a partner.

In recognition of her professional achievements, Alba & Dubose subsequently invited Karen to join their legal team. Since joining the firm, Karen’s skilled legal analysis and ability to handle highly complex matters, coupled with her compassionate approach, has led to her establishment as a valuable asset to both the firm, as well as members of the Gainesville community. Consequently, when Mark transitioned into a role as ‘of counsel’ attorney, Karen was offered the opportunity to become partner, and in 2014, the firm became the Law Office of Alba & Yochim P.A.

Karen’s career has focused primarily on the area of Family Law, however, she also represents clients in estate planning and administration, guardianship and incapacity proceedings, as well as probate litigation matters. She is one of a very few attorneys in Gainesville trained in Collaborative Divorce through the Collaborative Divorce Institute. In addition to handling the necessary aspects of divorce, Karen views her role as legal counsel as an opportunity to facilitate parental understanding of children’s needs as a priority during the process.

Her ability to provide a full range of family law services, including expert referrals to help families gain important skills, such as increased post-divorce parental communication to assist children in coping with transitional issues, is a benefit that sets Karen apart from other attorneys. Further, in addition to her own training and experience, Karen has acted as an instructor for Continuing Legal Education seminars instructing other attorneys, paralegals, legal assistants, financial planners and accountants in Estate Planning for the Disabled.

When not advocating for her clients, Karen spends time with her family. She enjoys boating, reading, and being outdoors. In addition, Karen remains highly involved in both the local community, as well as the legal community in general. She is a committee member to the St. Michael’s Day School Activities Committee, and is the Fundraising Chair for the St. Michael’s Day School Board of Directors. She has also served as advocate and board member to Gerald T. Bennett Inn of Court, the largest and fastest growing legal mentoring organization, founded upon “improving skills, professionalism, ethics of the bench and bar through the assessment of cutting edge legal trends, innovations & technology.”

Education, Honors, and Academic Achievements
  • University of Florida, Frederic G. Levin College of Law, J.D., cum laude, 2003
  • Furman University, B.A., Economics, 1997
Bar Admissions
Professional Associations, Memberships, Affiliations & Other Achievements
  • Judge, University of Florida Levin School of Law Appellate Advocacy Oral Arguments
  • Guest Lecturer, Juvenile Law at University of Florida Levin School of Law
  • Qualified as an Expert Witness on Trial Attorney Fees Awards
  • Qualified as an Expert Witness on Family Law Appellate Attorney Fees Awards
  • Program Moderator, “As Family Court Judges See It: Top Mistakes Attorneys Make in Litigating Divorce” May 2016
  • Member, Eighth Judicial Circuit Bar Association (present)
  • Member, Special Events Committee, St. Michaels Day School (2013 to present)
  • Fundraising Chair, Board of Directors, St. Michael’s Day School (2014 to present)
  • Member, Gerald T. Bennett Inn of Court (2012-present)
  • Presentation Speaker, “Getting Your House in Order, Estate & Incapacity Planning, Forest Meadow Funeral Home” (Sept 2010)
  • Instructor, National Business Institute, Trusts 101, Estate Planning for the Disabled
  • Board Member, Eighth Judicial Circuit Bar Association, Website Committee (2007-2008)
  • Membership Director, Eighth Judicial Circuit Bar Association, Young Lawyer’s Division (2006-2007)
  • President, Eighth Judicial Circuit Bar Association, Young Lawyer’s Division (2006-2007)
  • Member, James C. Adkins Inn of Court (2005-2008)
  • Finance Advisor to Kappa Kappa Gamma, UF chapter (2004 – 2008)
  • Book Award, Clinic Prep: Pro se Class, UF (2002)
  • Supreme Court Certified Law Student Advocate, Family Law, UF (08/2002 – 01/2003)
  • Philanthropy Advisor to Kappa Kappa Gamma, UF chapter (1999 – 2003)
  • Member of House Board, Kappa Kappa Gamma, UF chapter (1999 – 2008)
  • Member of Advisory Board, Kappa Kappa Gamma, UF chapter (1999 – 2008)
  • Officer, Registrar, Vice President, Kappa Kappa Gamma, Furman University (1994 – 1997)
  • Vice President of Philanthropy, PanHellenic Council, Furman University (1994 – 1997)
  • Coordinator, Habitat for Humanity (all-greek / sorority & fraternity project) (1994 – 1997)
  • Dean’s List, Furman University
  • Avvo Rated
Practice Areas
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