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Stephen P. Karns

6116 North Central Expressway
Suite 450
Dallas, TX, 75206-5131

Practice areas


  1. Criminal Defense: 100%


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  • Christopher Allen Desimone

    I have directly observed Stephen Karns in his professional capacity, and he demonstrates unparalleled excellence. I have dealt with over 100 military lawyers in multiple states, and I would rank Stephen Karns as the #1 military criminal defense attorney in the nation. I have seen him under the most challenging tasks and his superb skills, combined with his unassailable integrity, make Stephen Karns the "go to" attorney for all criminal defense matters. He truly cares about every client, even the little guy, and I have personally witnessed him work equally as tenacious on many smaller matters as well as the most serious criminal allegations. I cannot speak highly enough about this talented individual. He is a top notch guy, and a top notch attorney. If you are accused of a crime, he will be your most valuable asset.


    Christopher Desimone Probate Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • C. Nicole Cooper

    I endorse this lawyer. I worked with Steve on a number of matters while I was stationed at Fort Hood, TX and was always impressed with his dedication and skill.


    C. Nicole Cooper Military law Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter


TXEligible To Practice In Texas 199408/17/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Readers Voice Best Criminal Defense AttorneyDallas Voice2010
Readers Voice Best Criminal Defense AttorneyDallas Voice2009
Readers Voice Best Criminal Defense AttorneyDallas Voice2008
Rising StarTexas Super Lawyers Magazine2007
Readers Voice Best Criminal Defense AttorneyDallas Voice2007
Distinguished Service AwardDallas Association of Young Lawyers2002
Parachutist BadgeUS Army1995
Army Commendation Medal w/2 Oak Leaf ClustersU.S. ArmyN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerLaw Office of Stephen P. Karns1998 - Present
Senior Defense CounselUS JAG Corps Reserves2002 - 2005
Defense CounselUS Army JAG Corps1995 - 1998
Association namePosition nameDuration
State Bar of TexasN/A1994 - Present
Dallas Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Dallas Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
National Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
US v. CruzN/A
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Judge Advocate General's School, U.S. ArmyN/AN/A1995
St Mary's University of San Antonio School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1994
Texas Tech UniversityN/AOther - Bachelors1991
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Pre-law SocietyPractice in Military Courts2004
Expanding Opportunities for Women in the BarPractice in Military Courts2003