Karen Newirth

Karen Newirth

Karen A. Newirth is of counsel at Loevy & Loevy.  She joined the firm in September 2019 and is based in New York City.

Karen’s practice is focused on wrongful convictions.  She is a nationally recognized expert on the law and science of eyewitness identification and a co-author of the textbook Eyewitness Testimony: Civil and Criminal.  She writes, teaches, consults, and comments on issues relating to wrongful conviction and police-generated evidence, including eyewitness and confession evidence.  She has trained thousands of attorneys nationwide, including through the National Forensic College.  From 2013 to 2019, Karen was an adjunct professor of law at Cardozo Law School.

Karen has spent her career representing the criminally accused.  Prior to joining Loevy & Loevy, Karen was a senior staff attorney and founding member of the Innocence Project’s strategic litigation unit, where she used litigation to reform the law relating to eyewitness and confession evidence.  Before that, Karen spent eight years as a criminal defense lawyer in private practice, first with the law firm of Cleary Gottlieb and then with Brafman & Associates, where she represented individuals and entities in all phases of criminal investigations and prosecutions in state and federal court.

Karen is a 2002 graduate of New York University’s School of Law.  Following graduation, she served as a law clerk for the Honorable Whitman Knapp of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Bar Admissions

• New York State
• U.S. District Court Southern District of New York
• U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York