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Karl Numinen advocates on behalf of people accused of serious crimes, going through difficult divorces, or who have been severely injured.  He has handled a wide variety of high-profile criminal cases, including the "Pictured Rocks Murder" trial featured on a special edition of Dateline NBC.  His winning trial record includes three consecutive "Not Guilty" verdicts in one year in federal district court.  In the 20 years he has been defending the accused, he has developed special expertise in search and seizure law, police interrogations, and computer forensics.  He frequently teaches classes on these subjects and has lectured at seminars sponsored by the Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan as well as the Michigan State Police. 

His judgment, legal expertise, and honest reputation have been recognized by the judges of the Michigan Court of Appeals who have appointed him as a settlement facilitator for domestic relations cases, the judges of the U.S. District Court who appointed him as a qualified civil mediator, and the members of the American Arbitration Association who appointed him as a neutral arbitrator for construction disputes.

Karl is Of Counsel to the Barone Defense Firm.  For more information go to



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Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 50%
    23 years
  2. Divorce: 40%
  3. Litigation: 10%
    23 years



Hourly ($200-250/hour)

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  • Jason J. Elmore

    He is not only an intelligent and capable attorney, but a gentlemen.


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    Relationship: Worked together on matter

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    I endorse this lawyer. Karl is a true professional. He has a very confident and effective style. He is very strong advocate with judges and prosecutors. He is a fighter who gets great results.


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MIActive And In Good Standing199205/14/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Selected by Peer ReviewThe Best Lawyers In America2015
Super LawyerThomson Reuters2015
Rated "AV" PreeminentMartindale-Hubbell2014
Super LawyersThomson Reuters2014
Selected by Peer ReviewThe Best Lawyers In America2014
Super LawyerThomson Reuters2013
Selected by Peer ReviewThe Best Lawyers In America2013
Super LawyersThompson Reuters2012
Selected"The Best Lawyers in America"2012
Super LawyerThomson Reuters - Super Lawyers2011
Pro Bono Circle of ExcellenceState Bar of Michigan Access to Justice Fund2010
American Jurisprudence Award - Family LawThomas M. Cooley Law School1992
American Jurisprudence Award - Trial SkillsThomas M. Cooley Law School1992
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerPence & Numinen, PC2002 - Present
Adjunct ProfessorNorthern Michigan University2000 - 2003
ShareholderFederlein & Keranan, PC1999 - 2002
PartnerBowen, Distel & Numinen, PC1994 - 1999
AssociateLoomis Ewert1992 - 1993
Special AssistantGovernor James J. Blanchard1989 - 1991
Staff AssistantMichigan Primary Care Assoc.1988 - 1989
Staff AssistantU.S. Senator Don Riegle1985 - 1988
Association namePosition nameDuration
Criminal Defense Attorneys of MichiganBoard Member2010 - Present
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2009 - Present
American Arbitration AssociationNeutral Arbitrator2001 - Present
State Bar of MichiganMember1992 - Present
Family Law Council PACChair1997 - 1998
Family Law Council, State Bar of MichiganBoard Member1996 - 2000
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Felony DUI Charges Dismissed After Blood Test ChallengedAll Charges Dismissed!
Judge Dismisses DUI Charges For Sleeping DriverAll Charges Dismissed!
DUI Charges Dismissed After DataMaster ChallengeAll Charges Dismissed!
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Publication nameTitleDate
Institute of Continuing Legal Education (Michigan)How to Prepare Your Client to Testify at Trial2013
Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan publicationThe Cross Examination of Snitches, Rats, and Other Government Informants2012
Institute of Continuing Legal Education (Michigan)How To Challenge An Illegal Search & Seizure2011
Starting the Case: Michigan Complaint Manual (MAJ)Contributor: Civil Rights Claim Against Police2011
Michigan Family Law JournalProperty Holdings In 2nd Marriages1998
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
CDAM Trial CollegeN/ACertificate2010
Thomas M. Cooley Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1992
Michigan State UniversitySocial WorkBA - Bachelor of Arts1988
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Upper Michigan Legal InstituteMedical Marijuana Legal Update2015
Spring Advanced Trial Skills ConferenceKeynote Speech: Experts in CSC Cases2015
Police AcademyCross Examination of Police Officers2015
NALS Spring ConferenceCriminal Defense: How To Prepare For Trial2014
People's Law School 2013Jury Selection2013
CDAM Advanced Skills SeminarMaster Class: How to Select a Jury2013
CDAM Advanced Skills SeminarMaster Class: How to Handle False Confessions2013
Summer ConferenceCross Examination of Snitches2012
Michigan State Police Evidence Tech CourseSearch and Seizure2012
Advanced Skills SeminarMaster Class: How to Prepare Your Client to Testify at Trial2012
Advanced Skills SeminarMaster Class: Cross Examination of Snitches2012
People's Law SchoolFamily Law2011
People's Law SchoolFederal Criminal Law2010
People's Law SchoolCriminal Trials2009
Leadership AcademyJustice Day2008
U.S. Courts Complex Litigation Seminar - AtlantaChallenging Computer Search Warrants2006
Michigan State Police Advanced Evidence Technician TrainingAdmitting Evidence2006
Must-Know Divorce Strategies SeminarModerator2002
Overcoming Juror BiasModerator2001
U.P. Road Builders Association SeminarContract Issues2000
U.P. Road Builders Association MeetingConstruction Issues for Road Commissions1999