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Karen B. Mariscal

Margolis & Bloom Counsel and Billy’s Mom

As counsel at Margolis & Bloom, Karen practices in the areas of special needs estate planning, guardianship and disability law. Karen has been a highly regarded lawyer in private practice for more than 30 years, with half of that time spent in New York City and half in Boston at Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge, LLP; Peabody & Arnold, LLP; and White & Williams, LLP.

Karen is a passionate advocate for her clients, including people who have family members with special needs. She and her husband have a severely autistic son who is now a young adult living at home, so she understands how to navigate the system and what parents experience. Karen has been active in Special Olympics, the founding of Wellesley’s Special Olympics track team (part of Wellesley S.T.A.R.S.), is a member of the Adult Services Committee of AFAM (Advocacy for Autism Massachusetts) and is on the board of Camp Starfish, a camp for children with emotional and behavioral issues. She serves on the First Place® AZ advisory board and is an active member of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys.

In addition to estate planning and guardianship (including supported decision-making), Karen provides families with information, resources and practical assistance regarding their children’s adult day programming, as well as housing and residential options and supports. Karen graduated cum laude from Indiana University and cum laude from Northwestern University School of Law.