Karen A. Zahka
Karen A. Zahka joined Keches Law Group in 2019. Prior to joining Keches Law Group, Attorney Zahka worked at a prominent Boston law firm for over five years where she specialized in medical malpractice.
Attorney Zahka is admitted to practice in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the State of New Hampshire, and the United States District Court for the District of Massachusetts. She is a member of the Massachusetts Bar Association, the Massachusetts Women’s Bar Association, and the Massachusetts Academy of Trial Attorneys. She is also a member of the New Hampshire Bar Association and the New Hampshire Women’s Bar Association.
Throughout her career, Attorney Zahka has contributed to several multi-million verdicts and settlements including:
- $35.4 million verdict in the case of a 28-year-old woman who suffered a hemorrhagic stroke hours after delivery of her baby daughter.
- $24.4 million verdict involving a child who suffered severe short bowel syndrome requiring permanent tube feeding as a result of doctors’ negligence.
- $3 million settlement for the death of a restrained 23-year-old mentally ill patient at Bridgewater State Hospital resulting in sweeping systemic changes.
Attorney Zahka also contributed to the successful defense of a highly publicized appeal of a record-setting verdict, in which the claim of a physician’s practice group that it was entitled to a $20,000.00 cap on damages due to its alleged “charitable” status was defeated, leading to the judgment in excess of $33 million being affirmed.
Attorney Zahka received her undergraduate degree from Boston University (B.A. Political Science & Psychology). She graduated from Suffolk University Law School (J.D.) where she served as continuity editing assistant for The Journal of Health and Biomedical Law and was also recognized for her time and commitment to volunteer legal services through the Pro Bono Program.
Attorney Zahka has been recognized as a Massachusetts Super Lawyer Rising Star in Boston Magazine every year since 2016. This designation is awarded only to a select number of accomplished attorneys in each state. The Rising Stars selection process takes into account peer recognition, professional achievement in legal practice, and a review by an independent blue ribbon panel.
Attorney Zahka and her work on the Judge Rotenberg Center shock therapy case was featured in multiple news outlets including the New York Times and WCVB in Boston: