Alaina Karsten was born in Ithaca, New York in 1985 and grew up on a horse farm in Trumansburg, New York before relocating to South Florida in 1998. She attended Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts for a year before returning to South Florida and completing her undergraduate education early from Nova Southeastern University, where she received a B.A. in History and a B.S. in Legal Studies, both with distinction, and a minor degree in Global Issues. Ms. Karsten graduated manga cum laude from the University Of Miami School Of Law in May 2009.


Ms. Karsten joined Zarco Einhorn Salkowski & Brito, P.A. as an associate in April 2013. Her practice focuses on complex commercial litigation, in a variety of matters, including labor and employment, landlord tenant, commercial contracts, and franchise law, appellate practice and representation of creditor’s rights in bankruptcy proceedings. Ms. Karsten represents businesses and individuals in the restaurant, retail, automotive, pharmaceutical and beauty and health industries, among others. Ms. Karsten advises both franchisees and franchisors regarding legal issues in connection with the operation of their businesses. Ms. Karsten has experience in drafting and preparing franchise disclosure documents and state registrations. In addition, Ms. Karsten handles a variety of general business transactions, including formation of companies and franchise associations.


Ms. Karsten has represented clients in state and federal courts and in arbitration proceedings throughout the United States. Ms. Karsten is admitted to practice law in Florida, as well as before the Southern District Court of Florida, Middle District Court of Florida, the Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Florida, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, as well as the District Court of Colorado, Eastern District of Michigan, Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals and Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. Ms. Karsten is admitted on a case by case basis around the country to represent clients in a variety of matters.


Ms. Karsten resides in Boynton Beach, Florida.

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  • University of Miami School of Law. J.D., Magna Cum Laude, 2009
  •  Nova Southeastern University,  B.S., Magna Cum Laude, 2006

Bar Admissions

  • Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court of Colorado
  • U.S. Eastern District of Michigan
  • Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals

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