Magistrate Judge Karen L. Litkovitz was born in Lorain, Ohio. In 1981, she received her B.S. degree, cum laude, in Statistics and Business Pre-Law from Bowling Green State University. She received her J.D. degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Law in 1984.
From 1984 to 1986, Magistrate Judge Litkovitz served as a term law clerk to the Honorable Robert A. Steinberg, United States Magistrate Judge for the Southern District of Ohio. She practiced law from 1986 to 1993 as a senior attorney with the Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati. At the Legal Aid Society, her practice focused on the fields of Social Security Disability, public assistance, domestic relations, and housing law.
In 1994, Magistrate Judge Litkovitz returned to the United States District Court in Cincinnati to serve as a chambers law clerk to Magistrate Judge Steinberg. She then served as a pro se law clerk responsible for prisoner civil rights and habeas corpus cases. Beginning in 2002, she served as both a career law clerk to the Honorable Timothy S. Hogan, United State Magistrate Judge, and as a pro se law clerk.
Magistrate Judge Litkovitz is a Fellow of the Cincinnati Academy of Leadership for Lawyers, a member of the Potter Stewart Inn of Court, a member of the Cincinnati Bar Association, and a member of the Federal Magistrate Judges Association. Magistrate Judge Litkovitz was appointed to her first eight-year term as a United States Magistrate Judge for the Southern District of Ohio on October 14, 2010.