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VF&N’s Attorney Karen Cohen named one of Virginia Lawyers Weekly’s “Influential Women of Law”

The law firm of Vanderpool, Frostick and Nishanian, P.C. congratulate Attorney Karen Cohen on being named one of Virginia Lawyers Weekly’s “Influential Women of Law”. Karen consistently demonstrates honesty, good judgment, and ethical behavior. She is highly motivated and intellectually curious. She has earned the respect and trust of her partners, clients, colleagues, opposing counsel and others.


She came to our firm five years ago with an unusual background. Karen’s undergraduate architecture degree from the University of Virginia had led her to a first career with an architecture firm; however, she decided on law school at Georgetown and ultimately a master’s degree in real estate development (MRED) from George Mason University in 2012. Karen was recognized by George Mason University as one of its 2017 Prominent Patriots for her continued service to the Mason’s Center for Real Estate Entrepreneurship (CREE) program and Alumni Chapter.


Karen’s influence extends beyond her career accomplishments. She has been a leader of several working groups involving real estate development professionals and local government leaders. She serves on the Board of Directors of Legal Services of Northern Virginia (LSNV) and through Karen’s leadership, our firm became one of the Founding Firms in LSNV’s Firm Stand for Justice Campaign, supporting the largest legal aid organization in Northern Virginia.

Dedication to the arts:

In addition to Karen’s contributions to the legal profession, the real estate development industry, and real estate education, Karen was one of the attorneys who envisioned and planned a local bar project that received a 2017 Award of Merit for Excellence in Bar Projects from the Conference of Local and Specialty Bar Associations (CLSBA). She co-hosted a screening of The Loving Story, the 2011 documentary that inspired the 2016 motion picture, Loving. The film chronicles the lives and legal battle of Mildred and Richard Loving, a mixed-race couple who were exiled from their home state of Virginia due to its law against interracial marriage showcasing how the law and the arts converged to tell a powerful story of justice and love.

Karen Cohen is indeed an influential leader in our firm, the community, and in her field of law.