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Karl Block has a broad-based practice in the areas of corporate and corporate restructuring law. In his corporate practice, he represents sponsors, acquirers and targets in a variety of business combinations, acquisitions, financings and divestitures. Karl also counsels with respect to competition, trade secrets and confidentiality. He also counsels boards on corporate governance matters, fiduciary duties and risk management. On the restructuring side of the practice, he counsels troubled companies, debt and equity holders, as well as acquirers in restructures or dispositions. He frequently renders advice in many day-to day areas of corporate practice as well. His clients range from Fortune 20 companies and institutions, to entrepreneurs growing their businesses. He has extensive experience in the areas of technology, retail, healthcare, cannabis and manufacturing.

Outside of his practice, Karl hosts a podcast called “The Block and Tackle Show.” Launched in 2023, the podcast provides valuable insights from business leaders, thought leaders, public office holders, clients, colleagues and friends to guide listeners through key topics in business, law, public policy and matters of general interest. You can also follow him on X @blocktackleshow.

  • CFO Roundtable: Managing Risks in Challenging Times, UCLA School of Management


  • University of Southern California, Gould School of Law, J.D., Phi Delta Phi
    Omicron Delta Epsilon
  • Johns Hopkins University, B.A.

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California

Bar Admissions

  • California


  • Named "Best Lawyer" in Commercial Litigation, The Best Lawyers in America, published by Woodward White, Inc. (2013-2023)
  • Named "Southern California Super Lawyer" in Business/Corporate by Thomson Reuters (2005, 2007 and 2010-2018)
  • Highest "AV Preeminent (5 out of 5)" Professional Rating, Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory


  • Member, American Bar Association (Co-chair of the sub-committee on Creditors’ Rights of the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Committee of the Litigation Section, 1994)
  • Member, Los Angeles County Bar Association (Chair of the Commercial Law and Bankruptcy Section, 1996-1997; Former Vice-chair, Secretary and Treasurer; Vice-chair of the Bankruptcy Committee, 1992; Chair of the Legislative Committee, 1988-1989)
  • Member, State Bar of California (U.C.C. Committee, 1996-1998; Business Court Committee, 1997-1998)
  • Member, Financial Lawyers' Association
  • Member, Los Angeles Bankruptcy Forum
  • Member, Turnaround Management Association
  • Corporate Secretary and Member of the Board of Directors, Los Angeles Regional Food Bank