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Karl practices in the areas of appellate, litigation and disciplinary law. He is a 1977 cum laude graduate of the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. Mulvaney earned his undergraduate degree from The Ohio State University. He was admitted to the Indiana Bar in 1977 and is a member of the Indianapolis, Indiana State, Seventh Circuit and American Bar Associations. Mulvaney authored the article entitled: "Fundamental Change in Indiana Appellate Procedure or, What Happened To The Motion To Correct Error?" which received Res Gestae's Best Article Award in 1989. In August 2015, Karl was elected President Emeritus of the International Legal Honor Society of Phi Delta Phi.

Career Highlights

Representative Cases and Achievements

  • Ind. Gas Co. v. Ind. Fin. Auth. & Ind. Gasification, LLC, 999 N.E.2d 63 (Ind. 2013) (represented the Indiana Finance Authority and Indiana Gasification in attempt to build $2.8 billion coal gasification project near Rockport, Indiana)
  • Gagan, et al. v. Yast, 966 N.E.2d 177 (Ind.Ct.App. 2012) (defamation action)
  • French v. State Farm Fire & Casualty Co., 950 N.E.2d 303 (Ind.App. 2011) (coverage dispute after insurer paid to replace manufactured home with identical unit, but insured wanted higher priced stick-built home)
  • Weinreb v. TR Developers LLC, 943 N.E.2d 856 (Ind.Ct.App. 2011) (appeal re guarantee and belated claim documents were not signed by guarantor)
  • City of Greenwood v. Town of Bargersville, 930 N.E.2d 58 (Ind.App. 2010) (annexation dispute)
  • Kovach v. Caligor Midwest, et al., 913 N.E.2d 193 (Ind.App. 2009) (alleged defect in medicine cup product liability action)
  • Outback Steakhouse v. Markley, 856 N.E.2d 65 (Ind. 2006) (appeal premised on issue of discovery misconduct)
  • Kroger v. Stanton (Ind. Ct. App. 2001) Cause No. 49A02-9912-CV-00883 (represented Kroger on appeal asking Indiana Court of Appeals and Indiana Supreme Court to adopt a comparability analysis for determining if damage verdicts are excessive in personal injury case)
  • Epperly v. Johnson, 734 N.E.2d 1066 (Ind. Ct. App. 2000) (represented defendant-appellant in appeal of compensatory and punitive damages involving allegations of breach of contract and fraud)
  • Boggs v. Tri-State Radiology, 730 N.E.2d 692 (Ind. 2000) (represented defendants-appellants in appeal which clarified opinion in Martin v. Richey)
  • Ford v. Ammerman, 705 N.E.2d 539 (Ind. Ct. App. 1999) transfer denied, cert. denied (represented plaintiffs/appellees on appeal; they sustained severe personal injuries from Bronco II SUV rollover; issues on appeal included Daubert, pre-emption, compensatory damages and punitive damages)
  • Indianapolis Athletic Club, Inc. v. Alco Standard Corp., 709 N.E.2d 1070 (Ind. Ct. App. 1999), transfer denied (defended product manufacturer charged with product defect through purported "process of elimination" theory with fire that caused death substantial damage)
  • Martin v. Richey, 711 N.E.2d 1273 (Ind. 1999) (defended constitutionality of Indiana’s Medical Malpractice Statute against arguments presented by Professor Laurence Tribe)
  • First Bank of Whiting, n/k/a Centier Bank v. Schuyler, 692 N.E.2d 1370 (Ind. Ct. App. 1998) transfer denied (represented Centier Bank where a jury awarded compensatory and punitive damages for alleged failure to disclose a water backup in connection with the sale of repossessed property)
  • Shell Oil Company v. Meyer, et al., 684 N.E.2d 504 (Ind. Ct. App. 1997) (represented Shell Oil Company in Underground Storage Tank litigation)
  • Bush v. SECO Elec. Co., 118 F.3d 519 (7th Cir. 1997) (represented plaintiff who sued electrical contractor hired by employer challenging subcontractor acceptance theory)
  • Barth v. Barth, 659 N.E.2d 559 (Ind. 1995) (represented closely held corporation in suit by minority shareholder)
  • Baxter v. Vigo County School Corporation, et al., 26 F.3d 728 (7th Cir. 1994) (represented school corporation in appeal regarding child’s first amendment rights involving T-shirt messages)
  • Scariano v. Justices of Indiana Supreme Court, 38 F.3d 920 (7th Cir. 1994), reh. and sug. for reh. denied, 47 F.3d 173, cert. denied, 115 S.Ct. 2582, 515 U.S. 1144, 132 L.Ed. 831 (represented Indiana Supreme Court on Commence Clause issue raised by Illinois attorney seeking conditional Indiana law license)
  • Annon II, Inc. Merchants National Bank & Trust Co. v. Rill, 597 N.E.2d 320 (Ind. Ct. App. 1992) rehearing denied (represented lending institution in appeal of compensatory and punitive damages)
  • Has personally presented over 125 appellate oral arguments


  • Selected for inclusion in Indiana Super Lawyers® in the Appellate field ("Top 50" list, 2007-2010, 2015), 2004-2019
  • Selected for inclusion in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business in the area of Litigation: Appellate, 2011, 2013, 2018-2019
  • Recognized in Benchmark Litigation as a “Local Litigation Star," 2018 
  • 2017 Distinguished Barrister, The Indiana Lawyer
  • Army Commendation Medal
  • Sagamore of the Wabash
  • Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America®, 2007-2020, in the fields of Appellate Practice and Legal Malpractice Law - Defendants; Bet-the-Company Litigation
  • Recipient, David Hamacher Public Service Award sponsored by the Indiana State Bar Association Appellate Practice Section, 2012
  • Indiana State Bar Association Civility Award, 2009
  • Indianapolis Bar Association Professionalism Award, 2007
  • Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana Diplomat, 2004
  • Res Gestae Best Article Award, 1989


Professional Affiliations

  • American Academy of Appellate Lawyers
  • American Bar Association
  • Indiana State Bar Association
  • Indianapolis Bar Association
  • Seventh Circuit Bar Association

Former Employment

  • Indiana Supreme Court-Administrator, 1984-1991; Assistant Administrator, 1978-1984; Law Clerk, 1976-1978

Military Service

  • U.S. Army, 1972-1974

Community Involvement

Professional Leadership

  • Indiana State Bar Association, Counsel to the President, 2015-2016
  • International Legal Honor Society of Phi Delta Phi, President Emeritus, 2015
  • Advisory Committee to Indiana Supreme Court on Rules of Practice and Procedure, 1991-2003; Chair, 1995-2003
  • Officer, Phi Delta Phi Legal Fraternity, 1987-2003; 44th International President, 1993-1995
  • Indiana Judicial Nominating and Qualifications Commission, 1999-2001
  • Indianapolis Bar Foundation, Executive Committee, 2003-2008
  • Indianapolis Bar Foundation Board of Directors, Counsel to the Board, 2014

Civic and Charitable Involvement

  • St. Pius Catholic Church, 1987-present


Contributions & Published Works

  • "ABA approves changes to lawyer advertising rules," contributor, The Indiana Lawyer, August 8, 2018
  • "Fundamental Change in Indiana Appellate Procedure, Or What Happened to the Motion to Correct Error?" Res Gestae, 1989
  • "Something Old, Borrowed...and Overdue, Amended Interlocutory Appeal Rules," Res Gestae, 1992; Julie Payne, Nana Quay-Smith, co-authors 




  • "Searching for Answers:  Judicial Ethics in the Age of Internet Research," Margaret Christensen co-presenter, Annual Meeting of Judicial Officers, September 6, 2018
  • "Advanced Appellate Practice," ICLEF, August 27, 2018
  • Indiana Continuing Legal Education, Appellate Seminars, 1983, 1986, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1994, 1996, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2009 
  • Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana, Rookie Seminar, "Appeals," 1998, 2001, 2003
  • ICLEF, Indiana Law Update Seminar, 1989, 2004
  • Judicial Conference of Indiana, "Judicial Ethics," 2007
  • ICLEF and Indianapolis Bar Association, "Ethics Seminars," 1996, 1999, 2000, 2005, 2006, 2011
  • National Business Institute - Ethics Seminar, 2013


The Ohio State University, B.S., History, cum laude, 1972
Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1977

  • Indiana, 1977
    U.S. Supreme Court, 1995
    U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, 1992
    U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, 2006
    U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana, 1984
    U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana, 1977
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