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2021 Unsung Legal Heroes: Karen Deneen

In 2008, Greene Espel’s accounting manager resigned suddenly and moved out of state. Laura Broomell, the firm’s COO, called Karen Deneen, a former colleague.

“I called Karen and said, ‘I need you,’ ” recalled Broomell. “Her response: ‘When do you want me to start?’ ”

That can-do spirit and willingness to pitch in at a moment’s notice has made Deneen an indispensable part of the Greene Espel team.

During her 13 years there, she has worked on a number of large projects, including two major financial software transitions, working through new budgeting and reporting, and transitioning to different providers, including payroll and benefits. She handles large projects, while keeping the firm’s finances in order.

Deneen, Broomell and a colleague who reports to Deneen run the finances for Greene Espel. Deneen makes sure that all money coming into or going out of the firm is accounted for, ensures 100% accuracy of the firm’s trust account, creates regular financial reports, and handles a wide variety of miscellaneous finance-related issues for the firm.

Those who know her say Deneen is quick to respond to the needs of her colleagues (including the firm’s partners), clients, vendors, banks and others.

“Although Karen works crazy hours, she is still the first person to jump in and help whenever needed,” said Broomell.

To her colleagues, Deneen is a dedicated professional who excels at analyzing financial data, recommending solutions for increased efficiencies, and implementing cutting edge software solutions to help our firm craft custom fee arrangements.

“Karen is not just extremely committed to the firm’s success, she’s also deeply caring about others,” said Broomell.

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