Karen Kahn’s practical experience and expertise in the evaluation of indoor environments which have been damaged by water and contaminants enables her to understand the complex web of issues surrounding the restoration of buildings which contain art and the works of art themselves.
Karen believes that successful resolution to any catastrophic event is based in large part on the client’s understanding of the restoration process and willingness to stay actively involved. She empowers her clients to better understand their insurance coverage and benefits, present claims and knowledgeably be engaged throughout the process of interacting with insurance companies, consultants and contractors.
Karen received a Bachelor of Arts in Art History from UC Berkeley and a law degree from the University of British Columbia. She is a member of the American Institute for the Conservation and Preservation of Historic Art Works and is a member of a Board of Directors of an Art Foundation. She is a principal author of the Action Guide for Handling Mold Litigation in California which was published by the Continuing Education Department of the California State Bar in 2003 and subsequently updated twice. She is also the author of a paper published by the Fungal Research Group Foundation, a non-profit (501c3) entitled “Critical Issues in Art Conservation: The Pitfalls of the Emergency Response”.
Karen Kahn has appeared on public television and radio on the subject of handling claims related to water damage in residential and commercial buildings, and has also presented on the subject to trade and legal organizations. She was a speaker on the subject of mold litigation at the Consumer Attorneys of California annual conference and was a speaker at the Sixth International Scientific Conference on Bioaerosols, Fungi, Bacteria and Mycotoxins in Indoor and Outdoor Environments and Human Health on the subject of Water-Damaged Buildings and Art Restoration.