Ms. Ling is the newest member of the Pareto Wealth Management team at McDonald Partners, returning to her native Northeast Ohio after nearly three decades in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Karen received a Bachelor of Arts in Speech and Drama from Ithaca College in upstate New York and a Juris Doctor from USF Law School in San Francisco. A former member of the California State Bar, she practiced entertainment law before turning her attention to raising her family and working at a municipal bond law firm, providing high-level legal assistant services to two senior partners. In that capacity she prepared legal documents, tracked deadlines for projects and communicated regularly with members of the finance team, including municipal clients, corporate trust banks, underwriters and regulatory agencies. She was also charged with managing the firm’s project database, developing and updating forms to enhance efficiency in workflow.
Karen grew up in Wooster, Ohio where her early passions for music, dance, and theatre blossomed. She has maintained her love for music throughout her adulthood and even sang backup vocals on a Grammy nominated album. Karen currently resides in Cleveland Heights with her husband, with whom she loves to explore area Metroparks and cultural life. She is a member of the Western Reserve Chorale and in her spare time pursues the dream of designing a truly deer-proof garden.