Services & Industries
Banking & Commercial Finance
Construction & Land Use Advocacy
Real Estate Development
Real Estate for Businesses
University of Tennessee College of Law, JD, 1976
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, BS, magna cum laude, 1973
Awards & Affiliations
Karen McGinley was selected to the 2016 New England Super Lawyers list.
Selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2017 in the fields of Land Use and Zoning Law and Real Estate Law.
Selected by her peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2016 in the fields of Land Use and Zoning Law and Real Estate Law.
Named "Manchester Lawyer of the Year" for 2014 in the area of Land Use and Zoning Law by Best Lawyers in America®.
Named by her peers in the New Hampshire Bar and listed in Business New Hampshire Magazine, as the Best Real Estate Attorney in New Hampshire in 2012.
Recognized since 2007 as one of the Best Lawyers in America in Real Estate Law and in Land Use and Zoning Law by Woodward & White's Best Lawyers in America®.
BV® "Distinguished" Rating by Martindale-Hubbell.
Recognized and ranked in Chambers USA since 2011 as one of America's leading attorneys in Real Estate.
American Bar Association
New Hampshire Bar Association
American Land Title Association
Accredited member of the Congress of New Urbanism
New Hampshire Bar Association Ethics Committee, member (elected position).
New Hampshire Bar Association IOLTA Grants Committee (NHBA elected position), 2010 - present
Founder and participant in Pro Bono Home Rescue Team (which assists clients who are at risk of losing their homes), 2008 - 2012.
In 2010, the New Hampshire Bar Association awarded a team led by Attorney McGinley its "Innovative Project 2010" award for their work on the Home Rescue team. The award read in part: "With the sharp rise in foreclosures over the last two years, the Pro Bono Program began receiving more and more calls for help from desperate homeowners. She took on one such Pro Bono case and saw an opportunity to recruit other non-litigators. With assistance from NH Supreme Court Associate Justice James Duggan and the Pro Bono staff, the Home Rescue Team has so far recruited more than 46 volunteer attorneys, and the number of clients helped has doubled in the past year. We celebrate the innovative methods of the Home Rescue Team and the dedication of the volunteer attorneys who are helping many families hold onto their homes throughout New Hampshire.
"Attorney McGinley, unsolicited and because she decided that the need must be there, called the NHBA Pro Bono office in November 2008 to volunteer her services to assist pro bono clients through the NHBA. After taking her first pro bono that same day for a homeowner facing foreclosure, Attorney McGinley personally recruited other real estate attorneys from 12 other New Hampshire law firms as volunteers to accept such cases for NHBA Pro Bono and she presented the list to the Pro Bono coordinator at the NHBA. This group became the nucleus of the Home Rescue Team so-named by McGinley."