Karen F. Edler

50 Tice Corporate Center
50 Tice Boulevard
Woodcliff Lake
NJ 07677-7644

Tel: 201-391-3737
Fax: 201-391-9360

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Dickinson College

New York Law School

Karen F. Edler

Of Counsel

Karen Edler has over twenty years of experience in the field of education law, including advocating for parents in connection with obtaining a free, appropriate public education for their children under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (“IDEA”). Ms. Edler provides a wide range of services to parents including obtaining appropriate educational services from school districts, reviewing Individual Education Plans (“IEP”) and Section 504 Plans. Ms. Edler represents any student with educational issues including handling school disciplinary matters and board hearings through all levels of education. She also provides special needs planning, including the preparation of Special Needs Trusts and guardianship applications.

Ms. Edler is a member of the New Jersey State Bar Association’s School Law Committee and a member of the New Jersey Special Education Practitioners group. Ms. Edler also works as a pro bono attorney and mentor for Volunteer Lawyers for Justice. Karen Edler is peer rated AV® Preeminent™, the highest possible rating in both legal ability and ethical standards, by Martindale-Hubbell®, the definitive guide to the most distinguished lawyers and law firms in America. Karen Edler was named Top Lawyer 2017 in the field of Education Law by Bergen Magazine.

Ms. Edler presents and participates in numerous special education and advocacy seminars and panels.  Ms. Edler was on the “Ask the Experts” panel at the Autism NJ Conference and on the expert panel at the Asperger’s Syndrome awareness event run by West Bergen Mental Healthcare. Ms. Edler served on the Asperger’s Auxiliary of West Bergen Mental Healthcare and the Board of Garage Theatre Group.

Ms. Edler also practices in the areas of commercial real estate, corporate transactions, and commercial leasing. Ms. Edler manages numerous commercial real estate acquisitions and closings, including an urban renewal redevelopment matter with a loan and bond facilities totaling in excess of eighty-five million dollars. Ms. Edler also handles corporate formation, mergers and acquisitions and advises businesses on corporate matters.

Ms. Edler is a cum laude graduate of Dickinson College, where she earned a BA degree in Political Science, with a minor in Latin. She earned her law degree, cum laude, from New York Law School, where she was the Managing Editor of New York Law School Journal of International and Comparative Law. After law school, she served as a law clerk for the Honorable Robert E. Hamer, J.S.C., Law Division, Bergen County. During the course of her career, Ms. Edler has litigated in numerous courts and represented various public entities including municipalities, planning boards, and boards of adjustment. Additionally, she served as the Public Defender in a local municipality.

Practice Areas


  • New Jersey
  • United States District Court
  • District of New Jersey
  • Third Circuit Court of Appeals
  • United States District Court of the Southern District of New York
  • United States Tax Court
  • United States Supreme Court