Karl practices in the areas of appellate, litigation and disciplinary law. He is a 1977 cum laude graduate of the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. Mulvaney earned his undergraduate degree from The Ohio State University. He was admitted to the Indiana Bar in 1977 and is a member of the Indianapolis, Indiana State, Seventh Circuit and American Bar Associations. Mulvaney authored the article entitled: "Fundamental Change in Indiana Appellate Procedure or, What Happened To The Motion To Correct Error?" which received Res Gestae's Best Article Award in 1989.