March 1 , 2007
Karen Katz ('89) Creates "Attorney Man" Comic Book
Creative thinking defines the legal career of Karen Katz (‘89), creator of the “Attorney Man” comic book, which attracted the attention of publications including The Boston Globe andThe Wall Street Journal. As a student, Katz worked on the BU Law Review and clerked for the Honorable Juan R. Torruella ('57). Early in her career, however, Katz realized that "it's all about relationships."
Katz kept in regular contact with classmates and the School after graduation to best serve her clients. “Clients are looking for solutions, and answers to legal questions are only part of that,” Katz said. “In order to be truly helpful, it helps to bring legal training, networks of personal and professional contacts and problem-solving to clients.”
Katz practiced law at Crowell & Moring, Hale and Dorr and in-house at St. Elizabeth's Hospital before deciding to combine her background in personal communications with her law degree. She worked with Korn/Ferry International, helped build a company that was later sold to Special Counsel and worked in business development training and consulting. She now is a business development director at Mintz Levin, based in Boston and Washington, D.C.
Why a comic book? "I learned from my experiences providing business development training and consulting that everyone learns differently. I wanted to provide a tool that was fun, visual and would give attorneys some ‘salespeak,’” Katz said. “Sometimes practitioners take everything so very seriously and are myopic. The book is a lighter way to encourage attorneys to think like the businesses they serve, provide excellent service and have some fun with it as well."
Connections and networking with students, alumni and professors have been an integral part of Katz’s career. She worked in the BU Law career center and taught at BU Law and other law schools in Boston and Washington, D.C. What BU Law taught her more than anything, she said, is the ability to see beyond the present set of facts and ask questions.
You can find out more about the adventures of AttorneyMan at www.attorneyman.org, where Katz and artist Raul Gonzales are seeking stories and ideas for volume two.