Firm Overview

Main Office

Main Office
620 Jefferson Ave
Redwood City  CA  94063

Phone
  • (650) 366-6789
Fax
  • (650) 363-1218

Fees

Free Initial Consultation?

Generally, the initial consultation is free.

Services Offered For Fixed Fees?

Any fixed-priced service or fee would depend on the type of case and the complexity of the case.

Hourly Rates

$350.

Office Information

Office Hours

Monday through Friday
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Emergency After Hours

Yes

What experience or education distinguishes your lawyers from others

School: New York University School of Law
Degree: LL.M.
City: New York
State: New York
Year: 1978
Focus: Criminal Justice

School: Pepperdine University School of Law
Degree: J.D.
City: Malibu
State: California
Year: 1977
Focus: Law Review

School: University of California, San Diego
Degree: B.A.
City: La Jolla
State: California
Year: 1974
Honors: Graduated with Honors
Focus: History

Employment Summary:

Legal Aid Society, Juvenile Rights Division (Brooklyn, New York), 1978-1980.
Los Angeles County Public Defender (Los Angeles, California), 1980-1995.
Private Practice, 1995-Present.

Continuing Education:

Capital Case Defense Seminar in Monterey, California (three day seminar)
Appellate Practice Seminar
Seminars put on by the First District Appellate Project
California Appellate Project (capital cases)
Habeas Corpus Resource Center (capital cases)

Association Memberships:

San Mateo County Bar Association
Alameda County Bar Association

Example Cases:

I handled a death penalty case where my client was accused of killing an Oakland Police Officer. After the defense case, the prosecution offered my client a plea to second degree murder.

What distinguishes your law firm from others?

I have tried more than 150 jury trials and believe that my unique strength is in getting to the heart of the issue and exploiting the weaknesses in the prosecution's case.

I am firm yet respectful while zealously protecting your rights.

What is your firm's point of view regarding clients educating themselves on legal issues?

It is very important that everyone knows and understands their rights. Client self-education can be very helpful but generally the reason a client seeks legal advice is because he or she wishes to entrust their freedom to a qualified professional.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

I am willing to review documents prepared by clients but I also hope that the client is willing to listen to my advice.

Is your firm willing to coach clients who want to represent themselves?

I would be willing to coach clients in some circumstances--but clients should be aware of the substantial pitfalls of self-representation.

What are your firm's strengths and style?

I have tried more than 150 jury trials and believe that my unique strength is in getting to the heart of the issue and exploiting the weaknesses in the prosecution's case.

I am firm yet respectful while zealously protecting your rights.

Barry Karl

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