Karl Pilger is Counsel to the law firm of Brian V. Ebert, P.C. in Fairfax, Virginia. His practice focuses on litigation of estate, business and employment disputes, with an emphasis on retirement disputes and employee benefits claims under ERISA. Karl has taught trial advocacy since 1985 for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA), including its courses in trial skills, depositions, and trial advocacy teacher training. He was a lecturer in trial advocacy for over ten years with the U.S. Department of Justice's Legal Education Institute in Washington, D.C. For many years he also served as faculty for the law school trial advocacy programs at Emory University, Hofstra University and Widener University.
Karl has been affiliated with WCL since 2008 and has taught Civil Trial Advocacy, Fact Witness Depositions, Pretrial Litigation and Ethics for Trial Lawyers. He has also coached mock trial teams at WCL and served as a director of its 2009 and 2010 Capitol City Challenge mock trial competitions.
Karl has written articles about litigation for NITA, LexisNexis and the Virginia State Bar. His articles on closing argument and impeachment of witnesses have been reprinted for use by the law schools of the University of Virginia and Southern Methodist University. Karl has testified as an expert witness on the reasonableness of attorneys' fees incurred in litigation. He graduated from the University of Florida (B.A., with high honors, 1974; Phi Beta Kappa) and Georgetown University Law Center (J.D., 1977). Karl is admitted to practice before the state and federal courts of Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia. Among his honors are listings in Best Lawyers in America and Northern Virginia Magazine's “Top Lawyers”.