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Keith A. Karlson

Employment and labor Attorney at Palos Heights, IL

5.0   3 reviews
  • State Years
    Indiana - IN 19 years
    Illinois - IL 21 years
  • Licensed for 19 years
    State IN
    Acquired 2005
    Active in Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 21 years
    State IL
    Acquired 2003
    Active and Authorized to Practice Law No misconduct found

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Practice areas
  1. Employment and labor
    Mr. Karlson represents police officers, firefighters, and their unions. Keith represents public safety officers in collective bargaining, administrative, and internal disciplinary matters.

    21 years

  2. Employee benefits
    Mr. Karlson represents Illinois' police and fire pension boards in a variety of matters.

    19 years

  3. Constitutional
    Keith has much experience litigating constitutional matters in a variety of contexts in both State and Federal Court.

    21 years

  4. Litigation
    Keith has litigated many cases in a variety of contexts (e.g. personal injury, defamation, breach of contract, etc.). Mr. Karlson is admitted to practice in State and Federal Court in Indiana and Illinois.

    21 years

Keith A. Karlson is a partner at Karlson Garza LLC.  Keith represents police officers, firefighters, their Unions, and their pension funds.  Keith has extensive experience representing first responders in disciplinary, civil rights, constitutional, pension, and collective bargaining matters.


Keith A. Karlson
12413 S Harlem Avenue
Suite 1 SE
Palos Heights, IL, 60608


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Posted by Alfredo | August 12, 2014
Everything you want in a lawyer and more!
I have used Keith on numerous cases and have always been very pleased. He understands his clients needs and was always available to answer any questions I had. He is always willing to spend the time that is needed to achieve the results of his clients. He is realistic, open, and a lawyer that you want on your side. He does not shy away from putting forth the time needed to win a case. I would recommend him to anyone in the public safety industry.
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Posted by Patrick | July 16, 2014
Excellent lawyer, excellent firm!
Keith Karlson represented me in a Title VII discrimination case. He is probably the most talented litigator I have ever met, and I have known many lawyers in my police career. Keith kept me well informed, explained everything, and worked diligently to bring my case to completion. I would recommend Keith Karlson to anyone who has an employment law case. He and his partner, Richard Reimer, put the interests of the client first. Great team, Reimer and Karlson. Since my case settled I have referred others to them because of their experience and ability.
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Posted by Robert | July 14, 2014
A+ defense and presentation in discipline and labor issues
Our union has used Keith in two police discipline cases (neither one was my own) and in both cases I was impressed by the knowledge and preparation demonstrated at hearings before the Illinois Labor board and BOFPC. Keith walks you through every step of every hearing so you're not blind-sighted. In both cases, the hearings went in the employee's favor. In the first case, the employee was returned to work after the chief sought dismissal. In the most recent case, the job was awarded back to the employee after they were fired. Employee was also awarded back pay and restored to their proper seniority ranking. If I was fighting for my job I wouldn't trust my career to anyone else. Chiefs and city managers will not divulge their improper actions/decisions unless they are creatively pressed to do so. Keith has a way to extract the truth from the most unwilling smug department heads.
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  • DePaul University College of Law
  • Juris Doctor
  • 2002
  • Ball State University
  • Master of Arts
  • 2000
  • Eastern Illinois University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1999
  • Moraine Valley College
  • Associate of Arts
  • 1997
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Sample of Legal Cases

  • Kristofek v. Village of Orland Hills


  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • N/A
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • William J. Harte Amicus Volunteer Award
  • Illinois Trial Lawyers Association
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Speaking Engagements

  • Illinois Police and Fire Pension Funds
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Attorney endorsements

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Employment and labor Attorney | Jul 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Karlson is very knowledgeable in the area of public sector labor law. He not only understands the law, but his practical experience also gives him a unique advantage."
Employment and labor Attorney | Jul 14
Relationship: Supervised lawyer
"Mr. Karlson is an outstanding labor lawyer and litigator. What sets him apart is his passion for his clients and the law."
Administrative law Attorney | Jul 14
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Personal injury
Employment and labor

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Keith A. Karlson
Employment and labor Attorney
Palos Heights, IL
Licensed for 21 years