Karen M. Neeley

Of Counsel
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111 Congress Avenue
Suite 1800
Austin, Texas 78701
512-703-6315 tel
512-703-6399 fax

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With over 30 years of experience, Karen Neeley is widely recognized throughout the Texas financial institution community in the areas of regulatory and compliance law. This has enabled her to counsel and provide services to an array of businesses that are increasingly becoming subject to complex federal regulatory schemes. Located in Austin, Karen is a highly regarded participant at the Texas Capitol and Texas Finance Commission, where she has represented the banking industry for over 20 years. Her responsibilities on behalf of the banking industry have included drafting legislation, testifying on critical issues, and generally representing the industry. At the same time, her name and comments are well known to myriad Washington regulators as well.

Karen is called upon frequently to lecture at bank and legal conferences. She also writes for banking publications, including regular magazine columns for The Independent Banker and Banker’s Digest as well as treatises for financial institutions. In recognition of her banking and financial services knowledge, she was recently featured in Texas Lawyer’s Go-To-Guide as one of five lawyers in the banking category (published only every five years). She has also been selected for inclusion as a "Texas Super Lawyer," Law and Politics Magazine and in the The Best Lawyers in America®.

  • State Bar of Texas, Suing, Defending and Negotiating with Banking Institutions Program, Course Director, 2010
  • American Bar Association, IOLTA Commissioner, 2001-2003 
  • Texas Association of Bank Counsel, Advisory Director 
  • Texas Bar Foundation, Fellow 
  • Texas Society of Association Executives 
  • Independent Bankers Association of Texas 
  • Texas Department of Banking, Various Task Forces 
  • Supreme Court of Texas Task Force on Judicial Foreclosure Rules 
  • Texas Equal Access to Justice Foundation, Board of Directors, 1999-2007
  • Martindale-Hubbell® AV® PreeminentTM Peer Review Rating
  • Named the Best Lawyers’ 2013 Austin Financial Services Regulation Law "Lawyer of the Year."
  • Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers In America®, 2009-2015
  • "Texas Super Lawyer," in Banking Law, Texas Monthly, 2014
  • Legend and Hero of Community Banking, IBAT, 2011
  • Named "Austin Best Lawyers Banking Lawyer of the Year," The Best Lawyers In America®, 2011
  • Chambers USA, Leader in their Field, 2010-2014
  • Selected for inclusion as a "Texas Super Lawyer," Law and Politics Magazine, 2005-2011, 2013
  • Selected for inclusion in the "Go-To-Guide," Texas Lawyer, 2007
  • "Platinum Judge," University of Texas Law School Board of Advocates
  • The University of Texas School of Law, J.D., with honors, 1975
  • The University of Texas at Austin, B.A., with high honors, 1974
Admitted to Practice
  • Texas, 1976
  • United States Court of Appeals Fifth Circuit
  • Supreme Court of the United States