Karl David Acuff
Karl currently focuses his practice in the areas of Administrative
and Health law (certificate of need, Medicare/Medicaid, facility
and practitioner licensure and regulation), and commercial litigation.
He also has past experience in Environmental Law, Employment
Law, Class Actions and Mass-Torts, Multi-District Litigation, Anti-Trust,
and Commercial Litigation.
Karl is licensed to practice law before all Florida State Courts,
and the Federal District Courts for the Middle and Northern Districts
of Florida. Karl actively practices before these courts and the Division
of Administrative Hearings. He is a member of the Health Law, Environmental
and Land Use Law, and Administrative Law Sections of the Florida Bar.
Karl joined the firm, then known as Watkins & Caleen, P.A., in
2002 after his admission to the Bar. Karl was an attorney with the
firm until 2009 when he joined the State of Florida, Agency for Persons
with Disabilities as a senior attorney. Karl returned to the firm as
its president in 2010.
Karl graduated in 2002 with his law degree (J.D.) and a Certificate
in Environmental and Natural Resources Law from the Florida State University
College of Law. Karl was among the first recipients of the Certificate,
recognizing his concentrated study in Environmental Law. Karl made
the dean's list, graduated with two book awards and was inducted as
a member of Phi Delta Phi (Law Honor Society) and Phi Alpha Delta (Law
During law school Karl clerked on a contract basis for Slepin & Slepin
in Tallahassee, Florida; Levin, Papantonio, Thomas, Mitchell, Echsner & Proctor
in Pensacola, Florida; Acuff & Acuff in Cookeville, Tennessee;
and Neely, Green, Fargarson, Brooke & Summers in Memphis, Tennessee.
Karl received his master's degree in 1999 from the University of
West Florida. As part of the master's program he published his thesis,
Taxation and Excommunication, while also working as a graduate teaching
assistant and as a paralegal for the Levin, Papantonio law firm in
Pensacola. He graduated a member both of Phi Alpha Theta (History Honor
Society) and Phi Kappa Phi (Interdisciplinary Honor Society)
In 1992 Karl received his bachelor's degree (B.A.) in British History
from the University of the South (Sewanee) where he passed his comprehensive
examinations with distinction (honors). He was a member of the Chi
Psi fraternity and served as chairman of the Social Committee.
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