Hon. Karen Kinkennon Specie

United States Bankruptcy Judge

Current Position

U.S. Bankruptcy Court
110 East Park Avenue
Suite 200
Tallahassee, FL 32301

Tel: 850-521-5031

Class: XXIII (2012)Circuit: Eleventh


University of Florida, AA (1973)
University of South Florida, BA Political Science (1975)
Florida State University College of Law, JD (1978)

Professional Career

U.S. Bankruptcy Court (2012-)
Of Counsel, Akerman Senterfitt (2011-12)
Owner/Sole Shareholder, Specie Law Firm, LLC (2008-11)
Adjunct Professor, University of Florida (2007-)
Shareholder, Scruggs & Carmichael, PA (1988-94; 03-08)
Owner/Sole Shareholder, Karen K. Specie, PA (1989-94; 97-03)
Shareholder, Dell, Graham, PA (1994-97)
Associate, Law Office of Lansing J. Roy, PA (1984-88)
Associate, Fowler White Gillen Boggs & Banker, PA (1980-82)
Associate, Boyle, Vogeler & Stebbings, PA (1979-80)


Northern District of Florida Bankruptcy Bar Association, Inc., Director, Past President (2005-)
The Florida Bar Business Law Section, Bankruptcy/UCC Committee (2005-)
The Florida Bar Trial Lawyers Executive Council, Past member
The Florida Bar Young Lawyers Division Board of Governors, Past member
American Bar Association, Business Law Section
American Bankruptcy Institute
Eighth Judicial Circuit Bar Association, Inc. Grievance Committee
Local Rules Committee, Northern District of Florida, U.S. Bankruptcy Court
The Florida Bar (1978-)
New York Bar Association (1981-)
Jacksonville Bankruptcy Bar Association (2007-)
Admitted U.S. Bankruptcy Court: Northern District of Florida (1981); Middle District of Florida (1980)
Admitted U.S. District Court: Northern District of Florida (1981); Middle District of Florida (1980; 05)
Admitted U.S. Court of Appeals: Ninth Circuit (1979); Eleventh Circuit (1981)


"Insult to Injury: Dischargeability of Marital Obligations," Law Education Institute, Vail, CO 1999 Author
"Marital Debts and the Bankruptcy Code," Covering the Turf in Family Law presented Florida Bar CLE Committee and Family Law Section Oct 1998 Author
"How to Collect Real and Personal Property Taxes When the Debtor Files Bankruptcy," Florida Tax Collectors Continuing Education Workshop Aug 1995 Co-author
"Bankrupcty-A General Overview Outline," Presented to paralegal education class at Santa Fe Community College, Gainesville, FL Jun 1993 Author


P.K. Yonge Developmental Research School, University of Florida Department of Education, Volunteer of the Year (2011)
Work of Hear Awards Committee, 39th Annual Work of Heart Awards, Alachua County, Florida, Work of Heart Award Nominee (2011)
Florida SuperLawyers, (2007; 09-11)
AV Rating Martindale Hubbell, (annually since first rated)
Law School for Laymen, Florida Bar Young Lawyers' Division for founding this event,