|TX||Eligible To Practice In Texas||1994||02/26/2017|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Readers Voice Best Criminal Defense Attorney||Dallas Voice||2010|
|Readers Voice Best Criminal Defense Attorney||Dallas Voice||2009|
|Readers Voice Best Criminal Defense Attorney||Dallas Voice||2008|
|Rising Star||Texas Super Lawyers Magazine||2007|
|Readers Voice Best Criminal Defense Attorney||Dallas Voice||2007|
|Distinguished Service Award||Dallas Association of Young Lawyers||2002|
|Parachutist Badge||US Army||1995|
|Army Commendation Medal w/2 Oak Leaf Clusters||U.S. Army||N/A|
|Owner||Law Office of Stephen P. Karns||1998 - Present|
|Senior Defense Counsel||US JAG Corps Reserves||2002 - 2005|
|Defense Counsel||US Army JAG Corps||1995 - 1998|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|State Bar of Texas||N/A||1994 - Present|
|Dallas Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Dallas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association||Member||N/A|
|Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association||Member||N/A|
|National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Member||N/A|
|US v. Cruz||N/A|
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|Judge Advocate General's School, U.S. Army||N/A||N/A||1995|
|St Mary's University of San Antonio School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1994|
|Texas Tech University||N/A||BBA||1991|
|Pre-law Society||Practice in Military Courts||2004|
|Expanding Opportunities for Women in the Bar||Practice in Military Courts||2003|
Posted by Eric Zurface
Contacted Mr. Karns to get ahead of the curve in my case. He kept constant contact and between him and his paralegal Rob, I was able to focus on work knowing they were behind the scenes working towards the best possible outcome for me. My case ended in a fair outcome, but that was not the fault of Mr. Karns. He impressed me with his demeanor and enthusiasm, I have no regrets consulting him, would retain him in future legal matters
Posted by anonymous
Mr. Karns is top notch in his representation and doesn't waste any time. Many people are deluded when they are presented with charges especially in the military that as long as they are innocent it will work out in their favor. I was brought up on allegations on a Friday afternoon and decided with my military career on the line, it best if I retain counsel. I called Mr Karns office on a Saturday afternoon, he returned my call same day, and offered over an hour of free consultation, and gave me advice on how to proceed regardless of whom I selected for counsel. I ultimately retained his services Sunday afternoon, and he reached out to take care of the matter same day. By Tuesday afternoon my situation was resolved with no negative repercussions. Worth every penny.
Posted by anonymous
Mr. Karns and Rob were very helpful, kind, and encouraging for helping me protect my innocence. I was accused of larceny for something that was bought in my name and sent to me. I thought it was mine and the company even told me that it was.
My Commander, at the time, believed in the harshest punishments. He tried to give me an Article 15 but Mr Karns, the ADC, and I all fought it. I decided not to take it to a Court Martial because the risks seemed higher than the reward at the time.
I took the case up to a General and showcased what Mr. Karns and Rob had helped me put together to prove my innocence.
I had more character reference letters than they in "proof" against me. I had multiple pages of charitable giving and witness statements of people seeing me help others. I had donated 24 times the amount of money in the year that I had received this gift further showing that I would never steal.
Make sure to contact him and Rob early. They are very busy men handling many cases. Help yourself out by getting them everything quickly and properly. Be honest with them in every detail.
I was relieved that they never asked me to do anything against my integrity and allowed me to always be truthful and honest.
We proved my innocence and the Article 15 was dropped and no paperwork was given. It was a rough time but they were great in helping me through it!
Christopher Desimone, Probate Attorney
Relationship: Worked together on matter
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.