Karl A. Folkens
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) and served as deployed staff to the North Carolina and South Carolina Synods before attending college and law school.
Karl received his Juris Doctor degree in law from the University of South Carolina in 1980. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology 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 a member of the ABA National Moot Court team, national finalists. He was also a Finalist in the J. Woodrow Lewis Moot Court Competition.
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 3,200 cases and arbitrated over 300 cases, and was recently inducted into the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals. He is a member of the Association for Conflict Resolution and served on its 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.