Karl S. Myers

Karl Myers

Overview

Karl Myers is a courtroom lawyer who has personally argued and briefed numerous precedent-setting cases before the appellate courts of Pennsylvania and other jurisdictions. He has maintained a particular focus on cases before the Pennsylvania Supreme and Commonwealth Courts, including state constitutional challenges, insurance insolvency and regulatory disputes, Right-to-Know Law matters, and procurement and bid-protest cases.

Karl also has significant trial court and arbitration experience, as he has handled disputes from inception through jury verdict in numerous cases pending before the state and federal courts in the five-county region. Karl’s diverse litigation practice has touched virtually every type of civil matter.

In addition to his robust litigation practice, Karl is one of few Pennsylvania lawyers who handles election and political law matters. He provides counsel concerning the requirements and procedures for the running of elections under the Pennsylvania Election Code, and advises on political matters, including election disputes, campaign contributions and lobbying disclosure.

Beyond serving as an advocate and counselor, Karl has adjudicated numerous civil cases as a court-certified arbitrator, usually serving as the arbitration panel’s chairperson. He also has received training as a mediator from the American Arbitration Association. Karl also assisted in the judicial selection process by serving three terms as a reviewer in the Investigative Division of the PBA Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention, a body that evaluates and rates trial judge candidates.

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Results

Representative Matters

  • defeated class action lawsuits against the Pennsylvania Legislature challenging the constitutionality of Pennsylvania laws and seeking over $200 million in relief, including by defeating multiple requests for injunctions in the Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court and obtaining a unanimous Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision in the Legislature’s favor after personally arguing the case before the Court during proceedings televised on the Pennsylvania Cable Network (PCN)
  • preserved $11 million in public funding awarded for conversion of a former school building to apartments for lower-income senior citizens by obtaining a Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision awarding zoning to the project after personally arguing the case before the Court in proceedings aired on PCN
  • protected the constitutionality of a statute enacted by the Pennsylvania General Assembly in expedited election-related proceedings before the Pennsylvania Supreme and Commonwealth Courts, culminating in a Pennsylvania Supreme Court opinion in the client's favor issued after personally arguing the case before the Court in proceedings televised on PCN
  • negated nearly all of a $12 million claim in an insolvent insurance company's liquidation proceedings in a unanimous, published decision by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court
  • prevented the public disclosure of certain health plans’ competitive information pertaining to their health and wellness programs in Right-to-Know Law proceedings by obtaining a ruling of the Office of Open Records that such information is exempt from disclosure under the Law
  • defeated an attempt to apply a foreign state's law to Pennsylvania's insurance insolvency proceedings in a $700,000 dispute by obtaining a 4-to-3 ruling of the en banc Commonwealth Court after personally arguing the case before the Court during proceedings televised on PCN
  • obtained a precedential Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court ruling on the scope and application of the Pennsylvania Right-to-Know Law that was favorable to the client's interests after presenting an oral argument before the Court seeking that outcome
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Credentials

Bar Admissions
  • New Jersey
  • Pennsylvania
Court Admissions
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey
Education
  • J.D., cum laude, Pennsylvania State University Dickinson School of Law
  • B.A., University of Delaware
Memberships

  • Member, Appellate Advocacy Committee, Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Member, Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court Historical Society
  • Member, Third Circuit Bar Association
  • Member, Third Circuit Historical Society
  • Member, Montgomery Bar Association
  • Fellow, Montgomery Bar Foundation
  • Certified Arbitrator, Court of Common Pleas
  • Certified Arbitrator, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • Member, Donor Recruitment Committee, American Red Cross Blood Services, Penn-Jersey Region

Speaking Engagements

  • Presenter, “Employee Political Contributions: The Basics”
  • Moderator, “Business Valuation and Testifying Experts,” Montgomery Bar Association
  • Presenter, “Drafting an Arbitration Clause”
  • Presenter, “Construction Update Seminar”
  • Presenter, “Anatomy of Coverage Litigation”
  • Presenter, “The Producer Licensing Model Act”
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Recognition

  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyers, Rising Star
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In The Community

Karl serves on the donor recruitment committee of American Red Cross Blood Services, Penn-Jersey Region. In this role, he works with the Red Cross to increase blood donorship in the community. Karl also previously served the community as a member of the Environmental Advisory Committee for Montgomery Township, Pennsylvania.
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