Karl S. Myers

Karl Myers

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Karl Myers is a leading Pennsylvania appellate lawyer who has personally argued and briefed numerous precedent-setting cases before the appellate courts of Pennsylvania and other jurisdictions. He maintains a particular focus on cases before the Pennsylvania Supreme, Commonwealth and Superior Courts, including litigation involving state constitutional challenges, Pennsylvania Right-to-Know Law requests, government contracting and bid-protest disputes, complex commercial actions, insurance insolvency and regulatory matters, and many other types of civil cases. Karl has served as counsel of record in hundreds of cases before Pennsylvania’s appellate courts.

Clients routinely entrust Karl with high-risk appeals; the combined amount in dispute in his appellate matters is approaching a half-billion dollars. The nature of these appeals has led to Karl’s frequent presentation of televised arguments on the Pennsylvania Cable Network. These arguments are often quoted in the Pennsylvania Law Weekly, Legal Intelligencer, Law360 and other publications, which seek Karl out as a commentator on issues of importance before the Pennsylvania appellate courts. Karl also often serves as a panelist and moderator for appellate practice presentations and continuing legal education seminars.

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Representative Matters

  • secured a victory for several health plan clients seeking to protect their confidential and secret rate information by obtaining a ruling of the en banc Commonwealth Court that rates paid by plans participating in the Pennsylvania Medical Assistance program were not required to be publicly disclosed in response to a request under the Right-to-Know Law, after personally briefing and arguing the case in proceedings televised on the Pennsylvania Cable Network
  • 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 PCN
  • prevented public disclosure of a government subcontractor’s confidential and proprietary rates of payment in a Right-to-Know Law dispute by obtaining an en banc Commonwealth Court ruling and Pennsylvania Supreme Court ruling holding such rates were not subject to disclosure after personally briefing and arguing the case before each court in proceedings televised on 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 briefing and arguing the case before the Court in proceedings aired on PCN
  • obtained a unanimous Pennsylvania Supreme Court decision of first impression holding that legislative enactments by the Pennsylvania General Assembly are not subject to belated procedural constitutional challenges after personally briefing and arguing the case before the court in proceedings aired on PCN
  • defeated an attempt by another state’s insurance guaranty association to apply that state's laws to Pennsylvania's insurance insolvency proceedings in a $700,000 reimbursement dispute by obtaining a 4-to-3 ruling of the en banc Commonwealth Court that the other state’s laws did not apply after personally arguing the case before the court during proceedings televised on PCN
  • obtained a first-impression precedential ruling of the Commonwealth Court on the scope and application of the Pennsylvania Right-to-Know Law holding the law inapplicable to insurance insolvency proceedings after personally briefing and arguing the case before the court
  • protected the constitutionality of a statute enacted by the Pennsylvania legislature 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 aired on PCN
  • negated nearly all of a $12 million claim in an insolvent insurance company's liquidation proceedings by way of a unanimous, published decision by the Pennsylvania Supreme Court of significance in the insurance insolvency setting
  • blocked an alleged participant in the Luzerne County “Kids for Cash” scandal from obtaining insurance coverage in trial court litigation and then on appeal before the Third Circuit
  • authored numerous successful amicus curiae briefs before the U.S. Supreme Court and Pennsylvania appellate courts in a wide array of significant, precedent-setting cases
  • tried a half-million dollar dispute between packaging companies before a federal jury over five days, securing a partial victory at trial, followed by a complete victory on appeal before the Third Circuit
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Credentials

Bar Admissions
  • Pennsylvania
  • New Jersey
Court Admissions
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • 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

  • Vice Chair, Appellate Advocacy Committee, Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Secretary and Treasurer, Administrative Law Section, Pennsylvania Bar Association
  • Member, Pennsylvania Commonwealth Court Historical Society
  • Member, Third Circuit Bar Association
  • Member, Third Circuit Historical Society
  • Vice Chair, Appellate Advocacy Committee, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section, American Bar Association
  • Certified Arbitrator, Court of Common Pleas, Philadelphia County
  • Certified Arbitrator, U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania
  • Judge Pro Tempore, Court of Common Pleas, Philadelphia County 
  • Member, Montgomery Bar Association
  • Fellow, Montgomery Bar Foundation
  • Solicitor, Nor-Gwyn Pool Commission
  • Member, Donor Recruitment Committee, American Red Cross Blood Services, Penn-Jersey Region

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Speaking Engagements

  • Panelist, “Appellate Advocacy in Pennsylvania State Courts,” Pennsylvania Bar Institute 
  • Moderator, “Commonwealth Court Operations,” Commonwealth Court Practicum
  • Moderator, “Chancellor’s Forum for Commonwealth Court Candidates,” Philadelphia Bar Association 
  • Co-Host, “Pennsylvania Superior Court’s en banc argument session,” Pennsylvania Cable Network
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Recognition

  • Pennsylvania Super Lawyers
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In The Community

Karl serves his local community as the solicitor for the Nor-Gwyn Pool Commission, which operates a non-profit community pool for residents of Upper Gwynedd Township and North Wales Borough in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. He also serves on the donor recruitment committee of American Red Cross Blood Services, Penn-Jersey Region. Karl previously served as a member of the regional Red Cross board of directors. Karl also previously served as a member of the Environmental Advisory Committee for Montgomery Township.
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