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About Me

As lead counsel of Immigrant Crime and Justice, Karl assists foreign nationals to seek post-conviction relief in criminal courts as well as avoid immigration consequences in pending criminal matters before state superior courts and federal district courts. He has practical experience in all phases of criminal prosecution and defense and has represented clients before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Immigration Court, US Citizenship and Immigration Services, as well as Deferred Inspections of Customs and Border Protection.


Languages Spoken: Spanish

Practice Areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 55%
    15 years
  2. Immigration: 40%
    15 years
  3. Federal Crime: 5%
    10 years

Attorney Endorsements

5 total 

  • No photo

    I endorse Karl, whom I met about 12 years ago through our activities as active members of American Immigration Lawyers Association and I've referred clients to him for Immigration Consequences of Criminal Convictions since then.


    Shahpour Matloob Immigration Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse Karl. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.


    Michael Waddington Military Law Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Immigrant Crime and Justice, APC

233 Sansome Street, Suite 706
San Francisco, CA, 94104



Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
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Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Attorney at Law and PresidentImmigrant Crime and Justice, APC2007 - Present
Attorney at LawKrooth Law Office2000 - 2006
N/ASan Francisco District Attorney's Office1998 - 2000
Research ClerkSteven J. Castleman, Attorney at Law1998 - 1999
Certified Law ClerkVancouver City Attorney1996 - 1998
Association NamePosition NameDuration
American Immigration Lawyers AssociationLocal Enforcement Liaison for Northern California2003 - Present
National Lawyers GuildBoard Member, San Francisco Bay Chapter2003 - Present
Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
People v. NortenoOvercame restriction on free exercise & employment
Gholamshahi v. AshcroftStay of Removal Granted-Petition for Review Denied
People v. Ramirez-RamirezOrder granting withdrawal of plea for legal cause
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Publication NameTitleDate
AILA California Chapter Conference HandbookForging alliances with law enforcement as leverage to secure crime victim and informant visas2008
Immigration & Nationality Law Handbook (AILA)Postconviction Relief: Navigating a Narrow Channel for Safe Harbor2007
Bender’s Immigration BulletinCleansing Fraud and Deceit Convictions to Avoid the Aggravated Felony of Attempt2006
For the Defense (New Mexico Criminal Defense Lawyers Association)Immigration Update2006
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Lewis & Clark Coll Northwestern SOLTax Certificate, Environmental CertificateJuris Doctorate1998
Univ of California BerkeleyEnvironmental ScienceBachelor of Arts1994
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
California Chapters ConferenceInformant and Crime Victim Visas2008
Fifth Annual Conference of CA Federation of InterpretersPost-Conviction Relief: whether interpreters are subject to subpoena?2007
AILA Annual ConferencePost-Conviction Relief2007
Comprehensive Immigration Reform ForumProposed Criminal Grounds of Removal and Inadmissibility2006
Bar Association - Continuing Legal EducationPost-Conviction Relief2006
Forum on Criminal Grounds of Removal and InadmissibilityPost-Conviction Relief2005
Forum on Crimes and ImmigrationCriminal grounds of removal and inadmissibility2005
Forum at Stanford University Immigrant Rights ClinicAdversarial Proceedings before Immigration Court2005
Bar Association - Continuing Legal EducationPost-Conviction Relief2005