|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 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!
Posted by anonymous
Mr. Karns is worth every penny! I am a Soldier of 17 1/2 years, 4 deployments , drill SGT, Bronze Star, 2 MSM and a very successful warfighter. I was being recommended for an involuntary separation under ART 14-12c Commission of a Serious Offense (Fraternization, Obstruction of Justice, Dereliction of Duty , failure to Report a Sexual Assault and Intent to purchase or destribute an illegal or prescription drug). I am an MP and some of my Soldiers got in trouble, CID confiscated all their phones and discovered through all their text messages that all of the above charges might have occurred. In total, 9 of my MP soldiers were Involuntary Seprated with either General discharges or Other than Honorable using the military assigned legal counsel. My command team had recommended Separation with other than honorable conditions. I hired Mr Karns about 6 months ago to represent me and he rigorously worked on my case. I had my separation board yesterday and the Board members recommended that not only that I shouldn't be separated but they also recommended that another investigation be open to find out what went wrong and why I was charged Initially. The best decision I ever did was hire Mr Karns and his firm. They saved my career and thanks to him I will be able to retire from the military. Thank you!
Posted by Josh
Mr. Karns is one of the best lawyers out there. As soon as I made contact with Mr. Karns, he did absolutely everything he could to help me. I was in a situation that did not look favorable at all, but Mr. Karns put in the effort and hard work to turn my situation around. In the end, my case was successfully solved. Not only was he professional, patient, and informative, but he was also motivated to prove my innocence no matter how long it took. He did a fantastic job, I cannot complain.
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.