Terry J. Karl is an attorney in private practice since 1983. He has been a partner with Russo, Karl, Widmaier & Cordano, PLLC since its inception. Terry graduated from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1976 with a degree in sociology and criminal justice, and worked from 1976 - 1980 with troubled adolescents in a group home environment. He attended law school at Washburn University while continuing youth work with the Menninger Foundation from 1980 - 1982.

Mr. Karl, as a member of the Suffolk County and New York State Bar Associations, has concentrated his practice in the area of criminal and family law. He has vast knowledge in the area of the New York State Mental Health Law and is a lecturer on the topic for the Suffolk County Academy of Law.

In addition to the practice of law, Terry has volunteered his time and efforts in both a professional and personal capacity. He received special recognition from the Suffolk County Bar Association in 1992 and again in 2001 for his pro bono work. He was named the Hope House Ministries' Man of the Year in 1991.

In 1989, Terry began working as a volunteer tutor to adult non-readers with an organization known as Literacy Volunteers of America. He became a member of the Board of Directors in 1992; Vice President of the Board in 1994; and President in 1996.

Terry is a Board Director for the Camp Ma He Tu Lutheran Girls Camp located in Bear Mountain, NY and is also a founding member and director of The Tim Davey Memorial Fund.

In 2003, Terry sought to take his success in the private sector and not-for-profit experience to the public sector. He was a candidate for Brookhaven Town Council in the first town-wide council district election in November 2003. In 2006, Terry was appointed Chairman of the Board of Zoning Appeals for Brookhaven Township, and remains on the Board today.

Terry J. Karl

Terry J. Karl

State University of New York at Buffalo

B.S. 1976

Washburn University

J.D. 1982