Karen Stemland focuses her practice on civil litigation, construction, real estate, energy, and commercial matters.

Karen’s practice includes risk management, civil litigation, alternate dispute resolution, commercial real estate development and land use, construction contracts and disputes, insurance defense, and insurance coverage.

Karen has co-authored chapters on commercial general liability insurance in Virginia Insurance Law and insurance coverage in the Virginia Construction Law Deskbook. In addition, Karen served as a legal panelist for the Associated General Contractors of Virginia’s annual convention.

Karen graduated cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center, where she served as Senior Notes Editor for the Georgetown International Environmental Law Review. She earned her B.A. in Political Science, magna cum laude, from Colgate University. Prior to law school, Karen worked in the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice.

In addition to her law practice, Karen recently completed a three-year term on the Board of Directors of the Foothills Child Advocacy Center, a three-year term as the Secretary of the Charlottesville-Albemarle Bar Association, and a two-year term as Co-Chair of the Women’s Leadership Initiative Committee at the Urban Land Institute of Virginia.

Thought Leadership

Representative Cases

  • Representing property owners, contractors, and subcontractors in complex construction disputes.
  • Representing mechanic’s lien claimants and defendants in resolving lien claims.
  • Representing owners and contractors in contract preparation, negotiation, and risk management for large construction projects.
  • Representing insured defendants sued for personal injury or property loss, including representation of medical care providers.
  • Representing title insurers in resolving title defects.
  • Representing liability insurers in preparing coverage opinions.
  • Representing owners with commercial real estate development and land use disputes.
  • Advising clients on zoning, permitting, and land use issues.

Attorney Perspectives

Speaking Engagements

  • ULI Virginia - Women's Leadership Initiative | Renewable Energy Panel Discussion
    May 20, 2021
  • ULI Virginia - Women's Leadership Initiative | Equitable Housing Panel Discussion
    September 23, 2020
  • Associated General Contractors of Virginia - Piedmont District | Insurance Coverage on Construction Projects
    March 4, 2020
  • Associated General Contractors of Va | Construction Case Law Update
    January 26, 2019