John Karl is “Of Counsel” to the Washington, D.C. law firm of Alderman, Devorsetz & Hora PLLC, a firm which represents individuals and businesses in a wide range of transactional and litigation matters, including civil and appellate litigation, business affairs, employment and civil rights, healthcare and real estate.
Mr. Karl has been in private practice since 1979. Since 1985, Mr. Karl served as an Adjunct Lecturer at The American University's Washington College of Law, where he currently teaches a seminar on Complex Civil Litigation and Civil Trial Practice. Mr. Karl received his J.D. from the Washington College of Law of The American University in 1979. He holds an Honors B.A., an M.A., and a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Toronto.
Mr. Karl is a member of the Bars of the Supreme Court of the United States, the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, the Supreme Court of Florida, the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, and the United States Courts of Appeals for the District of Columbia, Fourth and Federal Circuits. He served as President of the Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers (“MWELA”) from 1996 to 1998. He has been on the Board of Directors of MWELA since 1994.
In April, 2011, MWELA awarded Mr. Karl its prestigious Lawyer of the Year Award “in recognition of outstanding dedication to Civil Rights, Equality and Justice” and several significant legal victories. Mr. Karl served as a Mediator and an Arbitrator in the District of Columbia Superior Court from 1986 through 2001. He served as a member of the D.C. Bar's Attorney-Client Arbitration Board from 1990-2002. The Board resolves fee disputes and claims of attorney malpractice.