Recognized by Seattle magazine as a Top Lawyer, Seattle Business Monthly magazine as a Best Business Lawyer, Washington Law & Politics magazine as a Rising Star, as well as Washington Super Lawyers magazine and Seattle Met magazine as a Top Lawyer, Karl focuses on general business and corporation law with a heavy emphasis on federal and state taxes. Working with business clients of all sizes and at different stages of their development, he cultivates a team approach with the client’s financial and other professional advisors to strategize for growth and identify solutions that address the client’s legal, tax, and operational issues.
Representative transactions include the statutory merger of closely-held commercial mortgage broker business, an IRC section 368(a)(1)(D) divisive reorganization of a manufacturer’s representative business, and the stock acquisition of a specialized construction firm with an accompanying Internal Revenue Code section 338(h)(10) election. In addition, he has significant experience with Washington excise taxes and related audit appeals, as well as Internal Revenue Service collection and appeals issues.
Prior to joining Lasher Holzapfel Sperry & Ebberson, Karl was a manager with a big-four accounting firm in its state and local tax consulting practice, where he assisted Fortune 500 clients, middle market businesses, and emerging growth companies in tax and strategic planning.
During law school, Karl served on the Willamette Law Review, was a member of Inns of Court (mentored by Oregon Supreme Court Justice Wallace P. Carson), and clerked for the five Magistrates of the Oregon Tax Court.
As a competitive swimmer, Karl was nationally ranked in the 100-meter butterfly, competed in two United States Olympic Swimming Trials, and was part of a medley relay that set a YMCA National Age Group Record. As a member of the Pacific Northwest Association Masters swimming team (Mercer Island Redwoods), he placed first and third in separate events at the U.S. Masters Swimming National Short Course Championships.