Karl began his trial practice as a white collar crime & defense attorney in 1982 and devotes a considerable portion of his practice to the white collar criminal defense of businesses and individuals and to civil litigation arising in State and Federal courts. As a white collar defense attorney, his appearance is required in Federal and State courts and before various regulatory agencies, including the Securities and Exchange Commission, Ohio Department of Education, Ohio Division of Securities, Ohio Department of Insurance, Disciplinary Counsel, Ohio Elections Commission, Ohio Ethics Commission, Ohio Inspector General, FDIC, Federal Trade Commission and the IRS.

Karl’s practice involves investigations and prosecutions involving public corruption, bribery, money laundering, tax fraud, health care fraud, securities fraud, mortgage fraud, insurance fraud, Hobbs Act violations, mail fraud and wire fraud. He has represented top officials in bribery, public corruption investigations, and ensuing proceedings. He has tried many capital cases to verdict.

A significant portion of Karl’s civil litigation and regulatory practice centers on the defense of professional liability claims against various trades including, appraisers, real estate agents, insurance agents, mortgage brokers and auctioneers. He also litigates title insurance claims on behalf of title insurance underwriters. He has also litigated directors’ and officers’ liability claims and represented law enforcement officers in disciplinary and ethics’ inquiries.

Before becoming a white collar defense lawyer with McNees, Karl was appointed Receiver by the United States District Court in a case involving alleged defalcation by a title insurance agent. He has served as Receiver and as counsel to Receivers. He has also represented political parties, political action committees and candidates in matters before the Ohio Elections Commission. He was appointed as special hearing officer on two different occasions by the Ohio Secretary of State to preside over statewide ballot protest proceedings and has represented public officials and private entities in matters involving Ohio Ethics Commission. Karl has been appointed Special Prosecutor involving allegations of bribery and obstruction of justice of a lawyer; to defend the State in its conviction of a judge on appeal and represent a sitting judge in special writ proceedings before the Ohio Supreme Court.

Karl was appointed by the Ohio Supreme Court in July 1987 to serve as a Commissioner of the Ohio Court of Claims, Victims Reparations Section, and served in that capacity until December 31, 2004. He was admitted before the United States Supreme Court and the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit in 1990, the United States District Courts for the Southern District of Ohio in 1983, the Northern District of Ohio in 1995 and the Eastern District of Michigan. He has been admitted pro hac vice in other state and district courts as the need arises.

Karl is a member of the American Bar Association and its White Collar Institute and Litigation sections, a member of the Ohio State and Columbus Bar Associations. He has also been established as a Life Member of the United States Sixth Circuit Judicial Conference, and was appointed by Governor Strickland to serve on the Sunset Review Commission and appointed by Governor Kasich to the Ohio Board of Building Appeals. He also serves on the Judicial Screening Committee of the Columbus Bar Association. He is rated AV by Martindale-Hubbell and named as a top lawyer in The Verdict, a division of Business First of Columbus Magazine. He has also been named in the Cincinnati Magazine Super Lawyers from 2005-2017. From 2010-2017, he received further distinction by Super Lawyers as one of the top 50 practitioners in Columbus and from 2012-17 as one of the top 100 in Ohio. He is a member of the American Academy of Trial Attorneys with designation of Premier 100 Criminal Trial Lawyers.


  • Represented individual in 51 count indictment involving insurance and bank fraud, resulting in dismissal of prosecution
  • Represented individual in 12 count corrupt activity indictment involving title insurance defalcation.
  • Represented former public official in bribery investigation and ensuing proceedings involving insurance company and lobbyist
  • Represented former public official in bribery investigation and ensuing proceedings involving securities broker
  • Represented corporate officer in parallel civil and criminal securities fraud investigation
  • Represented lawyer in RICO and theft investigation and ensuing proceedings
  • Represented capitally indicted defendant, resulting in jury acquittal
  • Represented individual in criminal tax fraud and evasion indictment and jury trial proceedings
  • Represented company in bribery and corruption investigation with regard to public retirement systems
  • Represented company-indemnified former employee in Department of Justice anti-trust investigation
  • Represented Insurance Company-indemnified former employee in Ohio Department of Insurance investigation
  • Represented private industry trade association in Federal Trade Commission investigation
  • Represented corporate officer in Federal investigation involving chemicals and goods imports
  • Represented Commander, Highway Patrol in Internal Affairs investigation
  • Represented Deputy Chief of Police in Internal Affairs investigation
  • Represented State agency board chair in Ethics Commission investigation
  • Represented elected county official in Ethics Committee investigation
  • Served as Special Prosecutor in prosecution of lawyer charged with obstruction and tampering counts.
  • Represented appraiser in state-initiated first degree felony RICO prosecution, resulting in misdemeanor disposition.
  • Represented State of Ohio as special prosecutor on the appeal taken by a convicted state court judge, resulting in affirmed conviction.
  • Represented well-regarded attorney in a legal malpractice trial, resulting in a no liability verdict.


Denison University, 1979, B.A.

Capital University Law School, 1982, J.D.


  • Rated AV by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Top Lawyer in The Verdict, a division of Business First of Columbus Magazine
  • Cincinnati Magazine Super Lawyers, 2005-present
  • Super Lawyers, 2010-present, top 50 practitioners in Columbus and from 2012-present as one of the top 100 in Ohio.


Columbus Bar Association

Ohio State Bar Association

Federal Bar Association

American Bar Association

Board of Building Appeals, Board Memeber

Sixth Circuit Federal Conference, Life Member

Columbus Bar Association Judicial Screening Committee

Franklin County Republican Executive Committee, Member

Columbus Bar Association Professional Ethics and Grievance Committee

American Bar Association White Collar Crime Institute, Member


Ohio Supreme Court

United States District Court, Southern District of Ohio

United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio

United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

United States Supreme Court

United States District Court, Eastern District of Michigan

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