Daniel M. Karalash

Daniel M. Karalash

Managing Partner, Lead Trial Attorney

The practice of law was the natural extension of a career in the military.  In the military I was an officer assigned to B-52s as a Navigator and eventually an Instructor Radar Navigator.  The military, especially crewed aircraft teaches young aviators certain rules.  To stay alive, you better know what you are doing.  To win the fight, you better know how to work as a team.  You and your team are the force that protects and serves best.

I have not forgotten those important lessons.  My clients are a part of my team.  My staff is part of that same team. Most people on my legal team are former military members.  We have the work ethic to make sure we know the case.  We have the work ethic to ensure we know the applicable law. Most importantly, we apply the principles of our miltary past to ensure the best prepared team represents our clients.

It was an honor to serve in the United States Air Force.  It has been an honor working with JAG attorneys in military criminal cases.  It is always an honor when people with problems place their trust in our team.


  • Bachelor of Arts
    • Michigan State University 1981
  • Officer Candidate School
    • USAF 1981
  • Certified Flight Instructor School
    • USAF 1986
  • Squadron Officer School, USAF 1988
  • Masters of Business Administration
    • Embry Riddle Aeronautical University 1990
  • Juris Doctorate with Distinction
    • University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law 1994

Admitted to Practice

  • California Bar
  • United States District Court
  • United States Court of Appeal, Ninth Circuit
  • Supreme Court of the United States

Employment History

  • USAF, Captain
    • 1981 to 1991
  • Sacramento County Deputy District Attorney
    • 1995 to 1997
  • Attorney at Law, Strategic Law Command/Karalash & Associates
    • 1997 to present
  • Professor of Law, University of Northern California, Lorenzo Patino School of Law
    • 2000 to 2009