Karis L. North

TEL: (617) 479-5000
EMAIL: knorth@mhtl.com

Karis L. North is an experienced litigator, with a focus on complex business litigation and an expertise in environmental law and policy. Her practice encompasses counseling and advocacy on behalf of business and corporate clients; municipal governments; and non-profit organizations. These matters include general business issues, corporate transactions, real estate transfers, compliance audits, and representation in enforcement proceedings. Ms. North has a proven track record of partnering with clients and counsel to achieve successful outcomes in all stages of state and federal litigation, administrative proceedings, and transactions. She engages in creative problem solving to resolve conflicts, and has achieved favorable outcomes for her clients in many settings, including successful negotiation of settlement agreements, and, in the environmental context, successful negotiations of penalties.

She is a graduate of Cornell University, and Vermont Law School, where she was the Managing Editor of The Vermont Law Review.  She is President of the Vermont Law School Alumni Association Board of Directors. Ms. North is also active in the Cornell University Alumni Network. In addition, she is an alumna of the Switzer Environmental Fellowship program. She is admitted to practice in state and federal courts in Massachusetts and in the State of Maryland.

Ms. North has written articles on environmental issues, Brownfields redevelopment, and environmental law and regulation. Her writing has appeared in the following publications:

  • PB&L Environmental Alert
  • ABA Handbook on Real Estate Transactions
  • Environmental Law Alert
  • Florida Environmental Compliance Update
  • The Legal Times 
  • Real Estate Journal Interactive

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