Karen M. Gottlieb, Esq.

Karen M. Gottlieb, Esq.  Karen M. Gottlieb, Esq. 

Karen M. Gottlieb was an Assistant Public Defender in the Appellate Division of the Miami-Dade Public Defender's Office from 1975 until 1989, during which time she represented both capital defendants and other defendants in appeals and post-conviction proceedings in state and federal courts.  Ms. Gottlieb is the former Chair of the Florida Public Defenders' Capital Litigation Steering Committee and has lectured on effective appellate advocacy and various death-penalty topics for the American Civil Liberties Union, the Florida Public Defenders' Association, The Florida Bar, the Florida Conference of Circuit Court Judges, the South Carolina Bar Association, the Dade County Bar Association, Florida Capital Resource Center, the St. Thomas Law Review Symposium, and the Vermont Law School Capital Punishment Symposium.  She has also authored chapters in the Florida Public Defender's Death Penalty Manual and The Florida Bar's Florida Appellate Practice treatise. 

Ms. Gottlieb worked with Millard Farmer, Margie Pitts Hames and Ramsey Clark in a final attempt to stay the execution of John Spenkelink, whose execution was the first non-consensual execution in the United States following the Supreme Court's decision in Furman v. Georgia.  Since leaving the Public Defender's Office, Ms. Gottlieb has continued her criminal-defense appellate work and pro bono capital work as a solo practitioner.  She also currently serves as a member of the Amicus Committee for Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

Ms. Gottlieb is a recipient of the ACLU's Nelson Poynter Civil Liberties Award for her death-penalty work, FACDL's President's Service Award, and is a member of the Rosemary Barkett Inn of Court.  She is AV Preeminent Rated by Martindale-Hubbell and appears on the 2012 Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers.