Karl Seelbach | Partner
Karl passionately represents his clients and plans for trial from day one. He’s a fighter who handles cases with tenacity and precision. His adversaries describe him as a “skilled advocate” who is “whip smart.” Karl’s law practice focuses heavily on defending employers in workplace injury and employment litigation.
Before launching his own law firm, Karl worked as a litigation partner at Winstead PC, one of the largest law firms in Texas. He was mentored by some of the top litigators in the state, including former appellate judges and veteran trial lawyers. After spending almost ten years at Winstead, Karl launched his own firm with co-founder Trek Doyle.
Representation of companies in personal injury disputes, including general liability and employee injury claims filed against employers who do not subscribe to the Texas workers' compensation scheme
Representation of employers in labor disputes, including but not limited to breach of non-solicitation and confidentiality agreements, wrongful termination, harassment and discrimination.
Representation of residential and commercial property owners, landlords, contractors and developers in various aspects of real estate and construction litigation
Representation of financial institutions, including banks, mortgage companies and servicers, in various aspects of banking litigation, including suits on notes, foreclosures, receiverships, debt collection and fraud claims
Karl was trained to be a skilled courtroom advocate at South Texas College of Law in Houston. While attending law school, he served on the law review and successfully competed as one of the top advocates in South Texas’ award-winning trial and appellate advocacy program.
Prior to law school, Karl attended college at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas. While attending SFA, he served as president of the Student Foundation Association, vice president of the Student Government Association and an officer in his fraternity, Sigma Tau Gamma. He was honored to be named “Mr. SFA” his senior year. Most importantly, he met his smart and beautiful wife, Adrienne, at SFA.
Before college, Karl attended grade school at West Rusk ISD in New London, Texas. He was a letterman in basketball and baseball and received numerous awards for his academic accomplishments. He graduated valedictorian of his high school class.
Karl lives in Dripping Springs, Texas with his wife, Adrienne, and daughters, Annabelle and Millie.
South Texas College of Law
J.D., 2006, cum laude
Law Review, Assistant Editor-in-Chief
Order of the Lytae; Order of the Barristers
National Finalist, 2006 American College of Trial Lawyers National Moot Court
Regional Champion and Best Brief, 2005 American Bar Association Regional Moot Court
State Champion and Best Brief, 2005
Scribes Brief-Writing Award, The American Society of Legal Writers, 2006
Stephen F. Austin State University
Mr. SFA, 2003
Student Body Vice President 2001-2003
Sigma Tau Gamma, VP Finance, 2002-2003
Dean’s List, SFA College of Business, 2000-2003
Awards & Recognition
Texas Rising Star, Thomson Reuters & Texas Monthly, 2013-2019
Texas Bar Foundation Fellow
Publications and Speaking Engagements
The Dos and Don’ts of Work Injury Claim Investigations, 2019 Safety & Workers’ Compensation CEU Seminar, hosted by Select Physical Therapy, February 6, 2019
A Commitment to Employee Care - Aligned, Balanced and Connected, 18th Annual PartnerSource Employer’s Conference, October 25, 2018
Licensing and Brand Protection Update, Association for Responsible Alternatives to Workers’ Compensation (ARAWC), Annual Meeting, October 24, 2018
Legal Panel: Focus on Texas Nonsubscription, Texas Alliance of Nonsubscribers, Annual Meeting, May 2, 2018
Medicare Conditional Payments: Protecting the Employer; Legal Panel Webinar, Texas Alliance of Nonsubscribers, November 8, 2017
Defining the Employer's Duty to Train; Texas Alliance of Nonsubscribers – Capitol Update; November 30, 2016
Investigation and Evaluation of Liability in Nonsubscriber Claims; York Risk Services Group Training, 2016
Technology is Making Everything Better Right? A Construction Litigator’s Guide to Surviving in the Digital Age; American Bar Association, Construction Law Forum, Austin, Texas, October 2015
Flip Side Of Texas High Court's Austin v. Kroger Decision; Law 360, September 2, 2015
Texas Supreme Court Further Limits Slip-and-Fall Liability For Premises Owners and Employers; Law 360, June 2015
Putting Texas Premises Liability Law In Perspective; Law 360, 2015
Legal Considerations for Nonsubscriber Lifting Injury & Premises Liability Claims; TXANS 24th Annual Conference, 2014
Trials by iPad for Litigators; Austin Bench Bar Conference, 2014
Recovering Attorneys’ Fees; WinU at Winstead PC, 2013
Attorney Leaders - Panel Discussion; 2013 Austin Bar/AYLA Leadership Academy
Nonsubscriber, Employee-Injury Litigation; Tarrant County 4th Annual All-Star CLE Program; 2011
Products Liability Litigation: An Update on Current Issues; Texas Advanced Civil Litigation Course, 2008
Appellate Update; Texas State Bar Newsletter, 2007
Erroneously Compelled to Arbitration? Interlocutory and Mandamus Review post-Palacios; The Appellate Advocate, 2007
Professional, Charitable and Community Organizations
Kid’s Chance of Texas, Fundraising Committee, 2019
Association for Responsible Alternatives to Workers’ Compensation, Legal Committee, 2018-2019
Austin Bar Association, Bench Bar Committee 2017-2018, Leadership Academy 2012
Young Risk Professionals of Austin, Chair 2013-2014
Dripping Springs Historic Preservation Commission, 2012-2015
Houston Young Lawyers Association, 2007-2008 Leadership Academy, 2008-2009 Special Olympics Committee Chair
United States Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
U.S. District Court, Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas
Texas State Courts