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J. Karl Viehman

J. Karl Viehman


A distinguished trial lawyer, Karl Viehman concentrates his practice in defending U.S. and foreign corporations in product liability, commercial, toxic torts, personal injury, warranty, breach of contract, general negligence, securities and employment cases throughout the country. While his range of litigation is broad, Karl has been known to treat each case with the special attention it deserves. Karl has tried to verdict numerous catastrophic injury and wrongful death cases in multiple venues throughout Texas and across the country.

Karl has extensive experience as lead counsel in the automotive field, and he currently manages the Texas MDL for Toyota Motor Corporation. Karl was recommended by The Legal 500 in 2011 and 2012 for Product Liability Litigation in Automotive/Transport, and was also named to the Texas Super Lawyers list by Super Lawyers Magazine.

As national, regional and lead counsel for numerous household name corporations, Karl has tried to verdict a myriad of cases in multiple states across the nation. Most recently, Karl has been recognized for his work on a multi-million dollar case involving a seat design defect claim. 

Bar Admissions

  • Texas, 1985
  • Tennessee, 1990

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Tennessee
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit


  • Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, J.D., 1985
  • Vanderbilt University, B.A., 1982

Professional Associations

    • State Bar of Texas
    • American Bar Association
      —Litigation Section
      —Product Liability Subcommittee, Texas
    • Defense Research Institute


    • The Legal 500
      —Named in Product Liability Litigation, Automotive/Transport, 2011, 2012
    • Super Lawyers Magazine
      —Texas Super Lawyers, 2011 – 2020

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