Extol Magazine

OCT-NOV 2016

Extol Magazine Celebrating Southern Indiana is a local publication that covers stories about businesses people places or events throughout the cities of New Albany Jeffersonville Clarksville Sellersburg and Louisville KY

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he Karl Truman Law Office is celebrating its 25th year in business this year. But it could be said Karl Truman's career as a legal professional actually began in 1961, in the very first moments of his life. His father, a Deputy Attorney General for the state of Ohio, was at a jury trial on the day Karl was born. "He left the courtroom to go to the hospital," said Truman. "en, after I was born, he went back to court to present his closing arguments to the jury." Truman has been a practicing attorney for 29 years, since graduating from the University of Louisville School of Law in 1987. In 1991, after serving in the Clark County Prosecuting Attorney's office– including promotion to Chief Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, quite an accomplishment for someone so recently out of law school – Truman decided to fulfill his dream of running his own business. "So I rented a small space in Jeffersonville and opened the Truman Law Office," he said. And it truly was the Truman Law Office. "I was all by myself. I answered my own phones, did all my own typing, stuffed my own envelopes and licked the stamps." Six months later, he hired a secretary and was on his way. Today, he has two offices – one in Jeffersonville, one in Louisville – and he's licensed to practice law in both states. He has two other attorneys on staff among 18 employees who include support staff, paralegals and investigators. "My case load is evenly split between Kentucky and Indiana," he noted. "I feel I'm always having to fight the perception that I'm an 'Indiana lawyer.' " Being licensed in both states is critical, he believes, to the quality of service he's able to offer. "Sometimes, I think, consumers have the perception that 'a lawyer is a lawyer.' But in a market like ours, it's not uncommon for a Kentucky resident to have a claim in Indiana, or vice-versa. And many attorneys in either state feel they can handle a case in the other jurisdiction as long as they don't have to appear in court." e result, said Truman, is the possibility of a case being poorly handled, to the detriment of the client. "State laws vary, and an attorney untrained in that state is bound to be unfamiliar with some of the particulars. And that's going to lead to maybe missing something important." He became a board certified civil trial specialist (a certification process administered by the National Board of Trial Advocacy), a process that, he said, "less than one percent of all attorneys have gone through. But I feel the practice of law is too complicated to try and do everything." Truman has focused his practice on handling negligence claims and injury- type claims, representing the victims of auto accidents and other types of accidents, workers compensation claims, social security disability claims and veterans disability claims. Advocacy for Veterans His advocacy for military veterans' rights goes back to his boyhood. Here, too, he was influenced by his father, who served in the United States Merchant Marine during World War II. As a boy growing up in Taylorsville, Ky., Karl enjoyed listening to his father's stories about service on board a large cargo "liberty" ship (President Roosevelt's "ugly ducklings") in the Mediterranean. ey were stories about the service KARL TRUMAN'S 25 YEARS OF PRACTICING, GIVING AND SERVING e Kentucky-and-Indiana attorney has devoted his practice to the underserved, and his life to those who put themselves in harm's way for their country is is an advertorial. T

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