Karen Tenenbaum, attorney and CPA, founded the Melville law firm of Karen J. Tenenbaum, P.C., in 1996, focusing on IRS and NYS tax disputes. Karen's background includes a law degree from Brooklyn Law School, an LL.M. in Taxation from New York University, and an undergraduate degree in accounting. She was previously employed at two of the Big Four accounting firms, and some of the largest Long Island law firms.
Karen continues to be involved in both the accounting and legal worlds. She has been on the Executive Board of the New York State Society of CPAs (NYSSCPA), Nassau Chapter, for many years, and has held numerous positions including Chair of the State and Local Taxation Committee and Co-Chair of the Attorneys and Accountants Joint Committee. For her leadership and contributions to the NYSSCPA, Nassau Chapter, Karen was awarded that organization's Samuel B. Traum Achievement Award.
Karen is a former Chair of the Tax Law Committee at the Nassau County Bar Association, and former Chair of the Internal Revenue Service Garden City Practitioner Liaison group. She often presents seminars on tax topics at professional events, including each year at the Long Island Tax Professionals Symposium, co-sponsored by the Internal Revenue Service and the National Conference of CPA Practitioners, Nassau/Suffolk Chapter.
One of Karen's most gratifying accomplishments is being co-founder and long-term Board member of Commerce Plaza, a non-profit organization dedicated to teaching children about business through an integrated program of classroom instruction and a field visit to a simulated work environment. The Commerce Plaza workplace has been visited by over 30,000 Long Island children since it opened its doors over ten years ago. Karen is also developing a project to teach financial literacy to children, featuring the cartoon character Walter the Vault, as seen on YouTube.
With the same passion and drive that has brought Karen professional success, in her spare time Karen has pursued her interest in cooking, by training at the French Culinary Institute amateur program, and volunteering at prestigious cooking events in the New York area. Karen and her attorney husband of twenty-seven years, Larry, are the proud parents of Stacie, a college senior, and Allison, who is currently attending law school.