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Karl received his Juris Doctor degree in law from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1980. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology with a minor in mathematics from Winthrop University in 1978, graduating summa cum laude with honors.
He is admitted to practice before all State and Federal Courts in South Carolina, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, and the Supreme Court of the United States. He is a member of the South Carolina Association for Justice and the American Association for Justice. During law school, Karl was a member of the Order of Wig & Robe and the ABA National Moot Court team, national finalists. He was also a Finalist in the J. Woodrow Lewis Moot Court Competition.
Karl is Past President of the South Carolina Bar Foundation (having previously served as Vice-President and Secretary-Treasurer), Past Chair of the SC Bar Alternative Dispute Resolution Section, and a former member of the South Carolina Bar House of Delegates and the Supreme Court's Joint Commission on Alternative Dispute Resolution. He was the Municipal Court Judge for the Town of Timmonsville and President of the Florence County Bar. He has also been appointed by the South Carolina Supreme Court to be an Attorney to Protect Clients' Interests and currently serves as Attorney to Assist Disciplinary Counsel.
Karl is currently Chair of the Board of Trustees at his alma mater, Winthrop University. He has served 19 years on the Board, and has previously served as Chair for five terms, and Vice Chair for six terms. He was the first male alumnus to serve on the Winthrop Board of Trustees and serve as its Board Chair, as well as the first male to serve as President of the Winthrop Alumni Association and receive its Algernon Sydney Sullivan and Distinguished Service Awards. He served on the association's Executive Board for 13 years. He is also a member of the Winthrop Foundation Board of Directors and the Winthrop University Real Estate Foundation Board of Directors. Karl served on the Search and Selection Committees for the Tenth and Eleventh Presidents of Winthrop University.
Karl is a founding member of the Board of Directors and past President of the Pee Dee Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Assault, and he has served continuously on its Board for over 31 years. He was a Board member of the Pee Dee Mental Health Center and President and board member of the Mental Health Association of Florence County. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Mental Health Awareness Foundation.
Karl has presented at numerous continuing legal education seminars, the South Carolina Judicial Conference and professional association conventions in the areas of expert witnesses, advanced mediation techniques, effective advocacy in mediation, arbitration certification, starting a mediation practice, exploring new forms of ADR, guardian ad litem certification, applying computer technologies to the practice of law, equitable division of marital and business assets, and legal ethics.
Karl is a member of the South Carolina Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates. He is Past Chair of the Technology Committee of the South Carolina Association for Justice, served as administrator of its membership listserv for 12 years, and received the SCAJ President's Award in 2013. He is currently listed in The Best Lawyers in America and South Carolina Super Lawyers, and has an AV® Preeminent Rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating available.
A certified civil court mediator and arbitrator in state and federal courts, and a certified family court mediator, Karl maintains an active ADR practice, having mediated over 4,000 cases in four states and arbitrated over 330 cases in three states. He is a member of the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals and a founding member of the South Carolina Academy of Mediators and Arbitrators. He served on the Association for Conflict Resolution South Carolina Chapter Organizing Committee and its founding Board of Directors. He was Vice-Chair and board member of the South Carolina Council for Conflict Resolution.
Karl has been a member of Cross & Crown Lutheran Church for over 30 years. He is also a licensed SC Real Estate Broker with Folkens Real Estate, LLC, and is a founder and planner of the Blue Ridge Boxster Summit, currently in its 20th year.
Karl is married to Nell Folkens, the firm manager of Folkens Law Firm, P.A., and broker-in-charge of Folkens Real Estate, LLC. Karl is the proud father of Elizabeth, a Winthrop alumna certified public accountant who recently returned from England and is now with Scott + Co. in Columbia, SC, and Anna Leah, also a Winthrop alumna who is currently enrolled in the master of arts in marriage and family therapy program at Pfeiffer University. Karl is also the proud step-father to Chase, a Francis Marion University graduate and owner of Creative Creations Taxidermy, LLC, in Sardis, SC, and Ali, a graduate of the University of South Carolina in retail management and owner of Ali Wilder Interiors, LLC, in Mt. Pleasant, SC. He is also the proud grandfather to Louie and Dawson.
Karl was born and raised in Bakersfield, California. After high school, he worked for two years for the Division for Parish Services of the Lutheran Church in America (LCA) as deployed staff to the North Carolina and South Carolina Synods before attending college and law school.
Karl completed his goal of visiting all 50 states before turning 50 and traveled to all seven continents, having made his continental Antarctica landing on New Year's Eve December 2017 (followed by a celebratory Polar Plunge!). In addition to being an avid traveler, he enjoys photography, playing guitar, studying behavioral economics, playing with Milly the Office Dog, and all things technological.
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