Karen M. HennecyShareholder


Ms. Hennecy has over twenty years specializing in probate and Elder Law, and she strives to make each client feel their value and personal importance.  A past president of the Alabama State Bar’s Elder Law Section, Ms. Hennecy concentrates her practice on improving the quality of life for those in need of a full range of probate and Elder Law services, as well as resolving crises that too often can tear families apart.  Ms. Hennecy’s practice includes assisting family members with the legal aspects of losing a loved one, including the administration of their estates.  She also has expertise in planning for minor, disabled or incompetent persons; representing executors, administrators, conservators, guardians, trustees, and other fiduciaries as they navigate the intricacies of their duties; planning for and executing advance directives, powers of attorney, wills, trusts; and all other aspects of probate and Elder Law.

Within her Elder Law practice, Ms. Hennecy is a resource for families experiencing mental health issues, including dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.  She is experienced in assisting individuals and families in planning for the future, including Medicaid planning and asset preservation, marshaling assets, litigating real and personal property ownership issues, managing estate funds, and resolving issues related to the financial exploitation of the elderly.

Ms. Hennecy’s work with birth mothers, adoptive parents, and adult adoptees is a practice area of personal and professional importance.  As an adult adoptee who adopted her own son in 2009, Ms. Hennecy brings a unique perspective to her adoption practice.  She assists and counsels throughout an adoption using her professional expertise as well as her personal insight on the profound impacts of adoption.

Outside of the office, Ms. Hennecy continues to paint and has shown her art in several galleries.  She is the happy mother of one son, one energetic Labrador retriever mix, and one big lazy cat.

Prior to White Arnold & Dowd:

Originally from Decatur, Alabama, Ms. Hennecy received her B.A. in Graphic Design from Samford University in 1991 and her J.D. from Cumberland School of Law at Samford University in 1997. Immediately after law school, she was the pilot attorney for Legal Counsel for the Elderly under Alabama’s Commission on Aging Title III program for a ten-county region in East Alabama.  As Legal Counsel to the Elderly, she did extensive public speaking on Elder Law issues, traveling to nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and senior citizen centers educating and encouraging seniors to plan for their futures with advance directives, powers of attorney, wills, and trusts. She then joined the firm of Summey & Hennecy, LLC, a probate practice firm, in 1999.  Summey & Hennecy, LLC merged with White Arnold & Dowd P.C. in 2008.


  • Alabama State Bar
    • Elder Law Section (President, 2000-2001; Secretary, 1999-2000)
    • Probate Section
    • Women's Section
    • Wills for Heroes Program
  • Birmingham Bar Association
    • Committee Member, Elder Law Committee (2020, 2014)
    • Co-Chair, Elder Law Committee (2016)
  • ALI Uniform Guardianship, Conservatorship and Other Protective Arrangements Act Committee
  • NAELA – National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Member
  • Legal Counsel, Elderly Program Director
  • Elder Law Issues, Speaker
  • Birmingham School of Law, Elder Law Instructor
  • National Guardianship Association, Member


  • Birmingham Magazine, Top Attorneys (2014, 2020)
  • B-Metro Magazine, Top Flight Attorneys (2016-2020)
  • B-Metro Magazine, Top Women Attorneys (2015-2019)



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Speaking Engagements

  • “Medicaid Eligibility: Basic Rules,” Alabama Elder Law 2015, December 11, 2015.