- J.D., Creighton University School of Law, summa cum laude (No. 1 in class); Law Review; Moot Court Board
- B.A., University of Texas, summa cum laude; Phi Beta Kappa
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Iowa
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
- American Bar Association
- Nebraska Bar Association
- Omaha Bar Association
Karilyn has acted as bond counsel, underwriter’s counsel, issuer’s counsel, borrower’s counsel, trustee’s counsel and/or credit enhancer’s counsel for private activity bond housing financings, 501(c)(3) transactions, governmental transactions, student loan and student housing financings, hospital and health care financings and military housing and lodging transactions. She has also participated in student housing, hospital and health care financings.
Karilyn has been directly involved in the development of numerous new types of innovative financings and structures, including those involving military and single family housing, and securitized structures. She has represented clients in various capacities in financings involving GNMA, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac mortgage backed securities, derivatives, swaps, standby bond purchase agreements and credit and liquidity facilities. She has extensive experience with state securities or “Blue Sky” laws of the 50 United States, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico with respect to offer and sale of securities of public issuers.
Karilyn has demonstrated her commitment to her profession and to her community by serving on numerous law-related and civic boards and committees. She is a member of Rotary and has served as a board member of the Omaha Children's Museum, Fontenelle Nature Association and YWCA.
Karilyn has acted as counsel in over $3 billion of military housing privatization transactions. She was involved in the first privatization of military lodging facilities.
- Participated as bond counsel, issuer’s counsel, underwriter’s counsel, trustee’s counsel, borrower’s counsel and credit enhancer’s counsel in public and private financings.
- Served as underwriter’s counsel for the Project Finance magazine “Deal of the Year 2005” transaction for Army Hawaii Family Housing and assisted as lender’s counsel for the Project Finance magazine “2009 North America Real Estate Deal of the Year” transaction for the Privatization of Army Lodging financing.
- Served as bond counsel for Institutional Investor's 1990 “Deal of the Year” with respect to the first issuance of variable rate and residual interest securities for single family housing programs.
- Participated in the development of a variety of structures for financings, both tax exempt and taxable, including senior/subordinate note and bond financings, commercial paper and medium term note financings.
- Served as bond counsel for the issuance of the first student loan auction rate obligations and commercial paper obligations.
- Nebraska State Bar Foundation, Fellow