Karl is a partner with the Marquette law firm, Pence & Numinen, P.C., specializing in litigation. After practicing in Lansing and Grand Rapids for several years, he returned to the Upper Peninsula shortly after the birth of his daughter.
He is a former member of the Family Law Council of the State Bar of Michigan. A certified adoption attorney since 1995, Karl has handled a variety of contested adoptions at the trial and appellate levels, including one reported case: In Re: Caldwell, 225 Mich App 801; 571 NW2d 218 (1997), rev'd 228 Mich App 116 (1998); cert denied 457 Mich 865 (1998). He is the author of 'Property Holdings In Second Marriages,' Michigan Family Law Journal, Special Edition, 2nd Marriages, February 1999.
In addition to his domestic relations and civil litigation practice, Karl serves as an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association presiding over construction claims. Prior to entering the practice of law, Karl served as Special Assistant to Governor James J. Blanchard and Staff Assistant to U.S. Senator Donald W. Riegle.
As an adjunct professor at Northern Michigan University, Karl teaches criminal law and judicial function. An avid musician, Karl plays trumpet with the Marquette Symphony Orchestra and can often be found at lunch time holed away in one of the practice rooms at NMU.