Karoline E. Jackson is a partner in the Litigation Department of Barnes & Thornburg LLP and Co-Administrator of the Indianapolis Litigation Department. She also serves as the firm’s General Counsel. Ms. Jackson represents businesses and individuals in a variety of civil litigation matters in both state and federal courts throughout the United States. She concentrates her practice in the areas of complex commercial litigation, real estate litigation and securities litigation. Ms. Jackson is recognized as one of the Best Lawyers in America® in commercial litigation.
Ms. Jackson represents real estate clients, including Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs), real estate developers, contractors, architects, commercial landlords, property owners and mortgage and title companies, in wide-ranging complex commercial, real estate finance and construction litigation, dispute resolution and avoidance and business counseling. Ms. Jackson’s experience includes litigating, arbitrating and advising real estate and real estate-related finance clients in class actions, construction disputes, real-estate disputes, development agreements, joint venture arrangements, operating agreements, lease agreements and tenant/landlord disputes.
Ms. Jackson also represents and counsels real estate brokerage, mortgage companies and other settlement service providers regarding the Real Estate Settlement and Procedures Act (RESPA), disputes with the Department of Housing Development and the Consumer Finance Protection Bureau, compliance matters, internal investigations, antitrust, consumer protection, fees and charges and copyright protection. In a recent victory, Ms. Jackson obtained summary judgment for a large real estate holding company in a certified class action seeking over $600 million in damages for alleged illegal price-fixing under the Sherman Act, which order has been affirmed by the Sixth Circuit.
Her complex commercial and securities litigation practice covers a wide range of areas, including contractual disputes, residential mortgage backed securities, corporate governance, regulatory compliance, securities fraud, and class action and multi-district litigation. Ms. Jackson also represents broker-dealers and other businesses in arbitration and regulatory forums, including FINRA and the American Arbitration Association.
She is admitted to practice before all Indiana and Illinois state courts and the United States District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana, the Northern and Southern Districts of Illinois, the Western District of Michigan and the District of Colorado.
Ms. Jackson graduated from Ball State University in 1995 with a B.S. degree summa cum laude in finance with a Spanish minor and the Dean’s Citation for Perfect Academic Record. In 1998 she received her J.D. magna cum laude from Indiana University School of Law – Bloomington where she was a member of the Indiana Law Journal and earned Order of the Coif honors.