General Counsel

Karen Halaco

Karen Halaco


  • JD, Albany Law School
  • MLS, University at Albany, State University of New York
  • MPA, University at Albany, State University of New York
  • BA, College of St. Rose

About Karen Halaco

As general counsel, Karen Halaco serves as Excelsior College’s chief legal officer, providing legal advice and counsel to the Board of Trustees, executive leadership, and staff. She joined the College in 2010 as assistant counsel and was promoted to general counsel in 2015.

Prior to law school, Halaco worked extensively with professional and trade associations primarily in the area of education, including the NYS School Boards Association, the NYS Coalition for 853 Schools, and the NYS Small City School Districts Association.

In law school, Halaco served on the Albany Law School Moot Court Board as an associate board member and as assistant director for competitions. She received the Robert A. Barker Award in recognition of her service to the Moot Court Program. During law school, Halaco also participated in the American Inns of Court Program. She was inducted into the Albany Law School Chapter of the National Order of Barristers in 2006.

Halaco is admitted to practice in the State of New York, the Northern District of New York, and the United States Supreme Court. After law school, she worked for several years as an associate in the Albany law firm of Girvin and Ferlazzo P.C., where she concentrated her practice in the area of education and special education, representing school districts.