Karen H. Safran

Practice Areas


  • B.A., University of Michigan, 1991
  • J.D., Wayne State University, cum laude, 1994

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan, 1994
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, 1994
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan, 2002
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit, 2002
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2003
4111 Andover Road
West - Second Floor
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302-1924
(248) 644-4840


Karen is a member of the Litigation Practice Group, specializing in complex commercial, business tort, corporate dispute, and land use litigation.

Actively involved with the Oakland County Bar Association since 1994, Karen currently sits on its Board of Directors. Additionally, she is a Master in the OCBA’s chapter of the American Inns of Court. In 2015, she was appointed as a Co-Chair of the Oakland County Probate-Circuit Court Bench/Bar Conference. The OCBA honored her service in 2015 by awarding her its Distinguished Service Award.

Karen has also served on the State Bar of Michigan’s Civil Procedure and Courts Committee for a number of years and was appointed Committee Chair in 2014. The Committee is tasked with reviewing and making recommendations related to civil litigation and concerning improvements in the administration, organization, and operation of Michigan’s state courts. Through the Committee, she has worked on a number of revisions to the Michigan Court Rules, including MCR 7.122, which is the first rule in the State that sets forth the procedure for circuit courts appeals pertaining to zoning ordinances.

Since 2010, Karen has been recognized as one of Michigan’s “Super Lawyers.” She also has an “AV” peer review rating from Martindale Hubbell and was included in the dBusiness “Top Lawyers in Metropolitan Detroit.”

In 2015, she became a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, a trial lawyer honorary society comprised of less than one-half of one percent of American Lawyers. Fellowship in the LCA is highly selective and by invitation only.

Professional Memberships

  • State Bar of Michigan
    • Civil Procedure and Courts Committee; Chair 2014-
  • Oakland County Bar Association
    • Board of Directors, 2014-
    • Circuit Court Committee, Chairperson 2010-2011 
    • Continuing Legal Education Committee, Chairperson 2010-2012 
    • Oakland County Inns of Court, Master; Executive Committee 2011 present 
  • Oakland County Circuit Court Case Evaluator (Complex Commercial Neutral)


  • "Annual Survey of Michigan Law: Torts," 50 Wayne Law Review 757, 2004
  • "Annual Survey of Michigan Law: Torts," 51 Wayne Law Review, 937, 2005


  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rating, Martindale Hubbell         
  • dbusiness, "Top Lawyers in Metropolitan Detroit", 2010, 2017      
  • Selected to Super Lawyers, Top Attorneys in Michigan, 2010 - 2017 editions
  • Distinguished Service Award, Oakland County Bar Association, 2015
  • Litigation Counsel of America, Fellow