As a committed advocate and creative problem solver, Karen Kemerait focuses her practice in the areas of utilities, zoning and land use, telecommunications, and administrative law. Karen represents numerous privately-owned and municipal water and wastewater companies, natural gas companies, and telecommunications companies in regulatory matters before the North Carolina Utilities Commission and in the purchase, sale, and construction of facilities. She also regularly represents telecommunications clients before state governmental agencies, permitting officials, and local zoning boards throughout North Carolina, as well as in appeals in state and federal courts. She frequently appears before Boards of Commissioners and City and Town Councils to obtain rezonings, special use and conditional permits, ordinance interpretations, and variances. Additionally, Karen defends complaints and handles hearings for professionals before administrative agencies, including the North Carolina Medical Board, the North Carolina Real Estate Commission, the North Carolina Board of Electrical Contractors, and the State Revenue Department.
Karen began her legal career as a law clerk at the North Carolina Court of Appeals.
When away from the office, Karen is involved with her three sons’ school and sporting activities. In addition to her legal practice, Karen is a competitive runner, cyclist, and triathlete.