J. Karl Trucks

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J. Karl Trucks

- Attorney / Managing Partner -

Auto Accident/Injury, Criminal
Defense, Social Security

J. Karl Trucks was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama. Upon graduation from Vestavia Hills High School, he attended the University of South Alabama on an academic scholarship.

He went on to attend Auburn University and University of Alabama at Birmingham where he was placed on the presidential honor role a total of nine semesters for attaining a perfect 4.0 GPA.

Upon graduation from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Karl entered the Cumberland School of Law at Samford University. While attending Cumberland, Karl was the overall winner of the school-wide Haley Federal Court Trial Competition. He was also a member of the Cumberland Trial Advocacy Board, was listed in Who's Who of American Law Students and was appointed to the prestigious Order of the Barristers for achieving excellence in the art of courtroom advocacy. In addition, Karl was also a member of the Cumberland Moot Court Board and was one of only three students selected to compete on the Cumberland National Moot Court Team, which advanced to the national finals in New York City, New York in 1994. Following the competition, Karl was presented the United States Supreme Court Justice Lewis F. Powell Medal for Excellence in Advocacy.

Karl also attended the University of Victoria School of Law in Victoria, British Columbia where he studied pertinent aspects of Asian law.

After law school, Karl was admitted to practice in both Florida and Alabama and thereafter entered private practice in Panama City, Florida. In addition to being admitted to all state courts in Florida and Alabama, Karl is also admitted to practice before the United States District Court of Alabama for the Middle District and the United States District Court of Florida for the Northern District.

Karl is a member of the American Bar Association, the St. Andrew Inn of Court, the Bay County Bar Association and the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.

Areas of Practice:

  • Felonies
  • Misdemeanors
  • Juveniles
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents
  • Personal Injury

Bar Admissions:

  • Florida
  • Alabama
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida

Education:

  • Cumberland School of Law, Samford University, Birmingham, Alabama
  • Honors: Winner of Haley Federal Court Trial Competition
  • Honors: Member of the Cumberland Trial Advocacy Board
  • Honors: Listed in Who's Who of American Law Students
  • Honors: Appointed to the Order of the Barristers
  • Honors: Member of the Cumberland Moot Court Board
  • Honors: U.S. Supreme Court Justice Lewis F. Powell Medal for Excellence in Advocacy
  • University of Victoria, Faculty of Law, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
    Major: Asian Law
  • University of South Alabama, Mobile, Alabama
  • Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama
  • Honors: Presidential Honor Role; nine semesters for attaining a perfect 4.0 GPA

Professional Associations and Memberships:

  • American Bar Association
    Member
  • St. Andrew Inn of Court
    Member
  • Bay County Bar Association
    Member
  • Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
    Member
Jim Appleman, Of Counsel

Jim Appleman Photo

Jim Appleman

- Of Counsel -

Jim Appleman served 24 years as the six-time elected State Attorney in Florida's Fourteenth Judicial Circuit, 1981-2005. As Chief Prosecutor for Bay, Calhoun, Gulf, Holmes, Jackson and Washington Counties from 1980-2005, Mr. Appleman was responsible for the prosecution of all felonies, misdemeanors and juveniles offenses occurring in the six county circuit.

Mr. Appleman is an experienced trial attorney who through the years has enjoyed many successes in the courtroom, personally handling many high profile and complex felony cases.

Mr. Appleman received his Bachelor of Science degree from the Florida State University School of Business in 1967 with a dual major in Management and Marketing. Mr. Appleman joined the United States Navy where he served as an officer from 1967-1970. In 1972 Mr. Appleman received a Juris Doctor degree with honors from the Florida State University College of Law. Upon his graduation from law school, Mr. Appleman served as an Assistant Attorney General handling appellate cases on behalf of the State of Florida under then Attorney General Robert Schevin.

Gravitating toward his strength in trial advocacy, Mr. Appleman became an Assistant State Attorney in 1974. In 1980 Mr. Appleman was elected State Attorney and after 30 years of public service retired to become Managing Partner of Appleman and Trucks.

Mr. Appleman continues to foster a constructive working relationship with the law enforcement community. Mr. Appleman is a Life Member of the Florida Sheriff's Association, he has served as President of the Florida Prosecuting Attorney's Association, served as a member of the Florida Crime Commission, has been Legal Advisor to the Statewide Grand Jury, and was a Member of the Governor's Counsel on Organized Crime.

Mr. Appleman's community involvement is deep. He has a special interest in the young people. Mr. Appleman has served as a Member of the Board of Directors of the Boys and Girls Club of Bay County; was a Founding Member of the Children's Advocacy Center; and served on the Board of Directors of the Children's Home Society. Further, Mr. Appleman encourages business growth through his membership in the Bay County Chamber of Commerce and the Panama City Beach Chamber of Commerce.

Mr. Appleman is a member of the State Bar of Florida, the Bay County Bar Association, the Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, and the United State District Courts Northern and Middle Districts of Florida respectively.

Areas of Practice:

  • Felonies
  • Misdemeanors

Bar Admissions:

  • Florida
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Florida

Education:

  • Florida State University College of Law, Tallahassee, Florida, 1972. Juris Doctor
  • Honors: With Honors
  • Florida State University School of Business, 1967. Bachelor of Science
  • Major: Management and Marketing

Professional Associations and Memberships:

  • Florida Sheriff's Association
    Life Member
  • Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
    Member
  • Florida Prosecuting Attorney's Association
    Former President
  • Florida Crime Commission
    Former Member
  • Statewide Grand Jury
    Former Legal Advisor
  • Governor's Counsel on Organized Crime
    Past Member
  • Boys and Girls Club of Bay County
    Former Member, Board of Directors
  • Children's Advocacy Center
    Former Founding Member
  • Children's Home Society
    Former Board of Directors
  • Bay County Bar Association
    Former Member