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Karlos is descended from individuals who dedicated their lives to the service of our community. His grandfather arrived in Mobile in 1916 as a young doctor who had recently graduated from the University of Michigan Medical School. Dr. James A. Franklin (Franklin Primary Health Center, Inc.) served the citizens of Mobile’s medical needs for 53 years. Karlos’s parents Mr. James H. Finley and Mrs. Joycelyn Franklin-Finley started out as educators. Mr. Finley went on to become a pharmacist and opened the first African American chain of drug stores (Finley’s Drug Stores) in the State of Alabama. Mrs. Finley remained a teacher and taught in the Mobile County Public School System for more than 25 years. They, along with other progressive thinkers, led the Civil Rights movement of the late 1960's and early 1970's in Mobile with the goal of bringing about a more unified community. Their efforts helped to send the first African American State Representatives from Mobile County to the State House in Montgomery. Karlos attended Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic School as a child until his family moved north, to Michigan in the mid 1970's. He returned home to Mobile in 1982 and Graduated from John L. Leflore High School in 1983. Upon graduation, he enlisted in the United States Coast Guard. He served honorably from 1983 to 1988. While serving on the USCGC Buttonwood, he received a meritorious commendation for relief efforts during Hurricane Opal and was awarded the Good Conduct Medal while serving aboard the USCGC Westwind. He was honorably discharged and entered the private sector with Chevron USA, Lafayette, LA as an Able Seaman. Karlos again returned home to Mobile in 1989 and began work at Scott Paper Company/Kimberly-Clark Corporation. During his ten years in the paper industry, Karlos served as a member of the United Way Executive Committee for its annual campaign and helped to coordinate its annual Day of Caring. With a passion for helping children, he participated in the Moorer YMCA’s mentoring program and Corporate Games. In 1999 Karlos earned his Bachelors Degree in Management, Cum Laude, from the University of Mobile. He then enrolled at Miles Law School in Fairfield, AL. He served as Student Bar Association Vice-President in 2004 and President in 2005, graduating as his class’s Valedictorian. While in law school, Karlos served as Judicial Law Clerk to Circuit Judge Eugene R. Verin, Tenth Judicial Circuit, Jefferson County, Alabama. He served as a member of the Bessemer Cut-Off Domestic Violence Task Force, the Bessemer Child Advocacy Center and participated in the Kawanis Club’s Elementary Reading Initiative. Upon Being licensed to practice law in 2006, he began service at the Mobile County District Attorney’s Office where he represented the State of Alabama in the Juvenile and Adult Court Systems, at the District and Circuit Court levels. In addition to his regular duties as an Assistant District Attorney, he gave the District Attorney’s Office’s weekly Early Warning Truancy address to children attending schools throughout Mobile County and their parents to insure an understanding of the laws that govern truancy, while underscoring the importance of education. Karlos served as President of the 2008 class of Leadership Mobile and currently serves as President of the Mobile chapter of the Alabama Citizens for Constitutional Reform, President of the Vernon Z. Crawford Bay Area Bar Association and Parliamentarian for the Alabama Lawyers Association. He is a member in good standing of the Board of Directors for the Dearborn Street YMCA and 15 Place Homeless Shelter. He is a member of the Alabama State Bar, the American Association for Justice, the Mobile Bar Association, the South Alabama Trial Lawyers Association, and the Paul W. Brock Mobile Inns of Court. Karlos brings his inherited passion for helping others and his strong sense of community into the courtroom, as well as during the claim stage of representation, ensuring that the rights of clients and their families are protected, and that they are treated fairly and with the respect and dignity that they deserve.


Practice areas


  1. Car Accident: 50%
    8 years
  2. Trucking Accident: 15%
    8 years
  3. Litigation: 15%
    10 years
  4. Personal Injury: 15%
    8 years
  5. Motorcycle Accident: 5%
    8 years



Contingent (30-40%)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

Attorney endorsements

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  • Michael S. Waddington

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


    Michael Waddington Military law Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Annie Jo Dike

    Karlos is an exceptional trial lawyer with a passion for representing his clients and bettering the community as a whole. He also generously donates his time to numerous civic and charitable organizations to help improve the lives of those in need. He is dedicated and professional and an asset to the profession.


    Annie Dike Medical malpractice Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

1252 dauphin street
mobile, AL, 36604


ALAuthorized to practice law200607/19/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerBoteler, Finley & Wolfe2011 - Present
AttorneyBoteler & Wolfe, P.C.2008 - Present
Assistant District AttorneyMobile County District Attorney's Office2006 - 2008
Judicial Law Clerkthe office of Circuit Judge Eugene R. Verin2002 - 2006
Association namePosition nameDuration
Housing FirstBoard Member2011 - Present
Mobile Bar AssociationExecutive Committee2009 - Present
Paul W. Brock American Inn of CourtMember2009 - Present
Dearborn YMCAMember BOD2008 - Present
South Alabama Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2008 - Present
Alabama Association for JusticeMember2008 - Present
American Association for JusticeMember2008 - Present
Alabama State BarMember2006 - Present
15 Place Homeless ShelterMember BOD2006 - Present
Vernon Crawford Bay Area Bar AssociationPresident2006 - Present
Mobile Bar AssociationExecutive Committee2006 - Present
Alabama Citizens For Constitutional ReformPresident Mobile Chapter2000 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Alabama Power Co. v. Bessie Hinds, et, al.The Jury found for my client, the Defendant in the amount of $99,859.00
Andre Blackmon v. Arthur Watson, CV 10-900533Jury returned a verdict on behalf of Mr. Blackmon in the amount of $30,000.00 plus court cost and expenses.
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Publication nameTitleDate
The Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce Business ViewSmall Business Special: Advice From Esperts2012
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Miles College Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor2005
University of MobileBusiness ManagementBA1999
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
The Golden AmbassadorsWills and Trusts2012
Odessy USAAlabama Civics 1012011
Mobile Youth Justice Coalition BanquetJuvenile Justice2010
Legal Services of Alabama Retreat, "Service Is Our Middle Name"Using a Holistic Approach to Evaluating and Interviewing Clients2010
University of Mobile Democracy and Terrany Class LectureAlabama Constitutional Reform2009
Mobile Democratic Executive Committee MeetingAlabama Constitutional Reform2009
Weekly Early Warning Truancey AddressAlabama Compulsury Child Attendance Law2007
Mobile County Public School SystemJuvenile Crime Prevention2007