Karina O’Brien has been practicing with our firm since February of 2014, after having received her Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
While at Kostner, Koslo & Brovold, LLC, Karina has represented numerous clients in divorces, paternity actions, and guardianships. Karina has also served as guardian ad litem in a number of cases. Karina has prepared Wills, Durable Powers of Attorney, Health Care Powers of Attorney, and trust documents. Karina has represented financial institutions and other clients with regard to collection and mortgage foreclosure actions. She has assisted clients on personal and commercial real estate transactions, including preparing and reviewing purchase agreements, lease agreements, and closing documents.
In 2013, Karina interned with the La Crosse County District Attorney’s office, where she first chaired two (2) jury trials and one (1) bench trial. Karina also worked as a law student in the Remington Center, helping incarcerated clients with a wide variety of civil issues. From 2009 to 2011, Karina gained legal experience and expertise as a paralegal and office manager at an immigration law firm in Minneapolis, MN.
In 2016, Karina was appointed as a Trempealeau County court commissioner.
Born and raised in Arcadia, Karina loves working in her hometown. She is an active member of the Arcadia community. Karina lives in Trempealeau with her husband, stepchildren, and pets. She enjoys traveling, downhill skiing, camping, biking, deer hunting, baking, and of course, spending time with her family.
Karina is proficient in written and spoken Spanish. Practice Areas
Real estate (commercial and residential)
Estate planning (including Medical Assistance planning)
Business and commercial
U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin, 2016
Tri-County Bar Association (secretary)
Christ Lutheran Church, Arcadia, Wisconsin (member, former council member)
Arcadia Girl Scouts (silver and gold award recipient)
Arcadia Venture Crew (former venture scout)
Lectures & Presentations
Estate Planning topics - Waumandee State Bank, Independence State Bank, and Wozney-Killian Funeral Home.
University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Law, Madison, Wisconsin - J.D. - 2014
University of Minnesota – Twin Cities – 2009 (graduated summa cum laude)
Jose Ortega-Marañón Foundation, Toledo, Spain – 2007