Karl P. Numinen

Karl P. Numinen

Numinen, DeForge & Toutant, PC

Recognized since 2012

Marquette, Michigan

Practice Areas

Family Law

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Karl P. Numinen advocates on behalf of people accused of serious crimes, going through difficult divorces, or who have been severely injured.

In the past 20 years, he has handled a wide variety of high-profile criminal cases, including the "Pictured Rocks Murder" trial featured on a special edition of Dateline NBC. His cases have been written up in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Michigan Lawyer's Weekly, the Michigan Bar Journal, as well as state and local news.

He is an author and lecturer and has presented at seminars sponsored by the Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan as well as the Michigan State Police and written articles for the Institute of Continuing Legal Education. He was twice elected to serve on the Family Law Council for the State Bar of Michigan.

His judgment, legal expertise, and honest reputation have been recognized by the judges of the Michigan Court of Appeals who have appointed him as a settlement facilitator for domestic relations cases, the judges of the U.S. District Court who appointed him as a qualified civil mediator, and the members of the American Arbitration Association who appointed him as a neutral arbitrator for construction disputes.

In addition to being a partner in the Marquette law firm Numinen, DeForge & Mathieu, PC, Karl is Of Counsel to the Barone Defense Firm, Michigan's premiere DUI defense firm.


  • 105 Meeske Avenue
    Marquette, MI 49855


  • Thomas M. Cooley Law School , J.D., graduated 1992
  • Michigan State University, BA, graduated 1988

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan, State Bar of Michigan


  • American Arbitration Association - Arbitrator
  • Criminal Defense Attorneys of Michigan - Board of Directors
  • Family Law Council, State Bar of Michigan - Member
  • Michigan Association for Justice - Member

Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2023 for work in:

  • Family Law


  • Rated Superb (10 out of 10) by Avvo
  • The Best Lawyers In America since 2012
  • Named to Michigan Super Lawyers since 2011

In Re: Caldwell (1997)

In Re: Caldwell, 225 Mich App 801; 571 NW2d 218 (1997), rev'd 228 Mich App 116 (1998), cert denied 457 Mich 865 (1998). Mr. Numinen represented adoptive parents and prevailed at trial in terminating the parental rights of the biological father. On appeal, a "super panel" of the appellate court affirmed the trial court's decision and issued this published opinion clarifying the legal status of incarcerated parents.

Nason v State Employee Retirement Board (2012)

In Nason v State Employee Retirement Board, 290 Mich App 416 (2010), Mr. Numinen successfully argued that a corrections officer was entitled to non-duty disability benefits since he could no longer work as a corrections officer even though he could perform other duties unrelated to his former state employment. This case resulted in a published opinion of the Court of Appeals. Mr. Numinen appeared before the Michigan Supreme Court which denied the State's request for leave to appeal. This case was the subject of a front-page feature story in the Michigan Lawyer's Weekly on November 12, 2010.

TjohnE Productions (2012)

Mr. Numinen successfully defended TjohnE Productions, a Grand Rapids entertainment agency sued by several former workers in a collective action claiming the company violated the Fair Labor Standards Act. This was a "bet your company" case and Mr. Numinen obtained a jury verdict finding that the workers were properly classified as independent contractors, not employees, so the plaintiffs received nothing. This case was the subject of a front-page feature story in the Michigan Lawyer's Weekly on October 7, 2011.

USA vs. Kassab (2012)

Mr. Numinen successfully defended Ken Kassab who was charged in a multi-count federal indictment alleging illegal possession and transportation of explosive materials. Mr. Numinen obtained a "Not Guilty" jury verdict. The case was featured in a front-page story in The Wall Street Journal on September 23, 2012.

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