Karl is a registered Patent Attorney with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and is admitted to practice in State and Federal Courts in Michigan. Karl specializes in the procurement and protection of intellectual property, with an emphasis on patent procurement and litigation. Prior to embarking on his legal career, Karl held several engineering positions over an eight-year career with the Diesel Technology Company of Grand Rapids. These include Group Manager overseeing all engineering and manufacturing aspects of two production departments, Resident Engineer in Mannheim, Germany at a Daimler-Benz diesel engine production plant, and Product Engineer for the design and development of heavy-duty diesel fuel injection systems.

Educational Profile
  • J.D., graduated first in class, Michigan State University Law School (East Lansing, MI)
  • M.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI)
  • B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Calvin College (Grand Rapids, MI)
Concentration Areas
  • Intellectual Property, including patent procurement & litigation
Professional Affiliations
  • Chair ex officio, Intellectual Property Law Section, State Bar of Michigan
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Federal Bar Association – Grand Rapids Chapter
  • Member, State Bar of Michigan
  • Member, Grand Rapids Bar Association
  • Member, Federal Bar Association (Western District of Michigan)