Karen Williams Kammer
KAREN WILLIAMS KAMMER, a former television reporter and editor, regularly advises media clients on libel, news gathering, reporter's privilege, access, public records, and privacy matters. On behalf of those clients Ms. Kammer has litigated to a successful conclusion numerous libel and other news gathering claims, and opened the court proceedings and records in many high-profile cases, including the child abuse prosecution of Carmen and Jorge Barahona, the child custody battle between tennis champion Boris Becker and his estranged wife, the domestic violence prosecution of then Miami Mayor Joe Carollo, the judicial corruption prosecution known as Operation Court Broom, the trial of former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega, and the William Kennedy Smith rape trial, among others. Ms. Kammer also has argued before the Florida Supreme Court on public records matters. Her clients have included WPLG, Inc., Graham Media Group (f/k/a Post-Newsweek), Ft. Myers Broadcasting Company, CBS, NBC, Telemundo, and an international financial news network.
Ms. Kammer also practices in the area of complex commercial litigation in both federal and state court, and has litigated a variety of complex contract, tort and other commercial matters to a successful conclusion.
Ms. Kammer is a 1988 graduate of the University of Chicago Law School where she served as Articles Editor of the University of Chicago Legal Forum. Before attending law school, Ms. Kammer worked on the assignment desk at WLS-TV, the ABC-owned-and-operated station in Chicago, and was a writer and producer at Chicago's WIND Radio, then owned by Westinghouse Broadcasting. She also has been a reporter for various other television stations, radio stations and newspapers in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Washington, D.C.; Green Bay, Wisconsin; Cedar Rapids, Iowa; and Huntington, West Virginia.
In 1979 Ms. Kammer received a Bachelor of Science degree in journalism, and in 1980 a Master of Science degree in journalism, from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.
Ms. Kammer, a past chair of The Florida Bar's Media & Communications Law
Committee, created a program to educate judges about media law issues and regularly appears on panels discussing such issues. Most recently Ms. Kammer addressed media law issues for free-lance journalists at a seminar sponsored by the Media Law Resource Center.
Ms. Kammer is a member of both the Florida and Illinois bars, as well as the
Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals and the U.S. District Court for the Southern and Middle Districts of Florida. Ms. Kammer mentors at-risk young women as a member of the Women of Tomorrow Mentoring and Scholarship Program, and is a member of the organization’s Mentor Council. She also is a volunteer driver with the American Cancer Society’s Road To Recovery program. Ms. Kammer, a long time figure skater, was a competitive ice dancer and is President of the Miami Figure Skating Club (a member of U.S. Figure Skating, the governing body for figure skating in the United States). Ms. Kammer also judges U.S. Figure Skating’s “Learn To Skate USA” competitions.