Karl W. Labertew is an associate attorney at Kubicki Draper’s Pensacola, office. Karl’s practice areas include cases involving construction defects, premises liability, product defects, automobile and trucking accidents, complex contract disputes, medical malpractice, claim administration and bad faith, as well as misdemeanor and serious felony criminal cases. Karl has extensive trial experience in both State and Federal Courts.
Prior to entering the legal field Karl had a very rewarding military career with many years on Navy nuclear powered aircraft carriers. While on active duty he also taught as an engineering instructor at the Surface Warfare Officers School in Newport RI while simultaneously earning his bachelors degree in 2 ½ years in Marine Affairs from the University of RI. After retiring from the Navy in 1999, he attended Loyola University New Orleans School of Law, graduating with his juris doctorate in 2002. After graduation he accepted employment with the Office of the Public Defender in Pensacola and worked as an assistant public defender in both county and circuit courts. Directly thereafter he assisted in the creation of the Pensacola Office of the Office of Criminal Conflict and Civil Regional Counsel for the First DCA Region as Criminal Division Supervisor which at the time was a newly created state agency tasked with the handling of criminal cases the public defender’s office withdrew from.
Currently, Karl represents insurance companies and their insureds. While he has a vast variety of experience, more specifically, he has been focusing his practice on complex construction defects and all types of personal injury defense.
Karl continues to be very active in his community, enjoys his membership at Hillcrest Baptist Church, The Preschool Ministry Program, and contributes many volunteers many hours of pro bono service to those in need. In his spare time he enjoys playing golf and spending time with his wife Amy and their three children, Taylor, Lauren and Andrew.
Areas of Practice: - Appellate and Insurance Coverage
- Premises Liability
- Construction Defects
- Medical Malpractice
- Claim Administration and Bad Faith
- Product Liability
- 2002, Florida
- 2004, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida
- Certified Continuing Education Instructor, State of Florida Florida
- Loyola University New Orleans School of Law (J.D., 2002)
- University of Rhode Island (B.A., 1996)
Honors: Dean's List 1996
Professional Associations and Memberships:
- Florida Bar (2002 - Present)
- Federal Bar for the Northern District of Florida (2004 - Present)
- Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (2003 - 2009)
- American Bar Association (2002 - 2004 - Present) - The Inns of Court - Pensacola Division (2013)