Karl is special counsel in the Corporate & Business Litigation Group with nearly eight years of first and second chair trial experience. He has primarily litigated in the Superior Court’s Complex Commercial Litigation Division (CCLD) since its creation in May 2010. The CCLD provides fast-track scheduling and firm trial dates for business actions where more than $1 million is at issue. Karl has also practiced before the Delaware Supreme Court and Court of Chancery, as well as the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit and the United States District Court for the District of Delaware.
Karl’s litigation engagements have included complex contract issues, defense of product liability claims, environmental matters, collection of large judgments, employment disputes, real estate litigation, statutory claims and administrative appeals. Karl has also provided pro bono service, including representing an inmate with constitutional claims at the request of the District Court’s Federal Civil Panel.
In addition to litigating, Karl regularly advises clients on various aspects of Delaware administrative law, including assisting corporations undergoing unclaimed property audits and counseling utilities who provide services in Delaware.
Karl serves as a member of the Superior Court’s Civil Rules Committee following his appointment to that role by then-President Judge James T. Vaughn (now Justice Vaughn). Karl also previously served as a Council member of the Delaware State Bar Association’s Litigation Section, during which time Karl served on subcommittees that led to the creation of the Delaware Superior Court’s Bench-Bar Liaison Program and the Superior Court Judicial Preferences initiative.
Before joining Morris Nichols, Karl interned with the U.S. Department of Justice in the Criminal Division’s Fraud Section and served as an observer with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, where he was assigned to the office of Commissioner Roel C. Campos.
Served as second chair in a litigation that helped clients win a unanimous special verdict. Following a seven-day trial, jury deliberated for less than an hour, leading to a final judgment awarding more than $7 million in damages, attorneys’ fees and future money payments.