Karl’s practice is concentrated in professional malpractice, personal injury and wrongful death, trucking accident litigation, products liability and other complex litigation including qui tam, class action and mass torts. Karl is a member of both the American Association for Justice and the North Carolina Advocates for Justice. He has been recognized annually since 2013 by Super Lawyers as a Rising Star. He is licensed to practice law in North Carolina and Tennessee and has received Martindale-Hubbell’s “AV Preeminent” peer review rating, which is the highest rating given.
Karl obtained dual undergraduate degrees in philosophy and political science from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, focusing in the areas of formal logic and international political economy. Karl earned his law degree from Wake Forest University, where he captained the American Association for Justice Trial Team. He also earned the Roger Goldberg Award in Trial Advocacy, which is awarded annually to a Wake Forest law student who shows the highest aptitude and ethics in trial advocacy.
After completing law school, Karl began his legal career working for a large, prestigious defense firm in Memphis, Tennessee. He quickly realized, however, that he was ill-suited to represent large insurance companies, hospital corporations, and Fortune 500 companies. Karl wanted to represent people who had been harmed or otherwise wronged by the types of clients he had represented in Memphis. Therefore, he voluntarily gave up his job in Memphis and moved back to North Carolina in search of an opportunity to represent plaintiffs. Before coming to Martin & Jones, he worked with one of North Carolina’s preeminent plaintiff lawyers, where he successfully represented people who had been seriously harmed by medical malpractice and other negligence. Since 2013, Karl has co-hosted The American Association for Justice Student Trial Advocacy Competition, a yearly national mock-trial competition for law students.
In his free time, Karl enjoys both recording and listening to music, running through Umstead Park with one of his Belgian Malinois dogs, cooking, golf and waiting for Liverpool Football Club to end their drought and win another league title.
(Cases or matters referenced do not represent the law firm’s entire record. Each case is unique and must be evaluated on its owns merits. The outcome of a particular case cannot be predicated upon a lawyer’s or a law firm’s past results. Unless otherwise specified, each of the following matters was contested on liability and/or damages, the opposing parties were represented, the matters involved complex legal and/or factual issues, and the law firm was successful in collecting the amounts stated. Case summaries are from 2000 through the present.)