Karl W. Labertew is a shareholder in the Pensacola, office. Karl’s practice areas include cases involving construction defects, premises liability, product liability, first party defense, automobile and trucking accidents, complex contract disputes, claims investigation and personal injury defense. Karl has extensive trial experience and is admitted in all Florida courts and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida.
Prior to beginning his second career in the legal field, Karl had a very rewarding military career which focused exclusively in the engineering field. He served on two Nimitz-class aircraft carriers, working in the Reactor Department, as well as being a certified air conditioning mechanic and instructor. He served as an engineering instructor at the Surface Warfare Officers School in Newport, Rhode Island. While on shore duty, he earned his bachelors degree in Marine Affairs in two and a half years from the University of Rhode Island, focusing on coastal zone management and port operations.
After leaving the Navy in 1999, he attended Loyola University New Orleans School of Law, graduating in 2002, with his Juris Doctorate. After graduation he was employed with the Office of the Public Defender in Pensacola and worked as an assistant public defender in both county and circuit courts. Karl was recruited to assist 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, a newly created state agency tasked with the defense of indigent individuals, as well as dependency proceedings.
Karl continues to be very active in his community, working with the preschool department at Hillcrest Baptist Church, and volunteers many hours of pro bono service to those in need. He is a member of the American Bar Association’s Military Pro Bono Project, assisting junior military members with legal claims as well as volunteering to assist military lawyers with legal issues; and the American Bar Association’s Veteran’s Claims Assistance Network as a VA accredited attorney, helping military veterans in the filing and processing of disability claims In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his wife Amy and their three children, Taylor, Lauren and Andrew. He’s also known to indulge in the occasional round of golf.
Areas of Practice: - Appellate and Insurance Coverage
- Premises Liability
- Construction Defects
- Medical Malpractice
- Claim Administration and Bad Faith
- Product Liability
- 2002, State of Florida
- 2004, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida
- Certified Continuing Education Instructor, State of Florida
- Loyola University New Orleans School of Law (J.D., 2002)
- University of Rhode Island (B.A., 1996)
Honors: Dean's List 1996
Special Awards and Recognitions:
- "AV Preeminent" Rating by Martindale-Hubbell
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)