Discovery with Karl J. Amelchenko

Karl Amelchenko will do just about anything for a solid bocadillo—except get a Twitter account

Published in 2018 North Carolina Super Lawyers magazine

By Karl J. Amelchenko on January 25, 2018


I can’t go a day without … my Belgian Malinois, Kinley.

If you were in my office, you’d … help me finally hang my degrees on the wall.

My colleagues would be surprised to know that … I am obsessed with modern architecture and contemporary art. 

When I was a newbie lawyer I … was convinced daily I’d be found out as a fraud.

The quality I most like in a lawyer is … honesty. And those who choose to take the work seriously instead of themselves.

My pre-trial routine is … probably rereading depositions.

When I started, I wish I knew … discovery didn’t need to be filed with the court.

If I weren’t a lawyer, I’d … own a pizza place. Or maybe be a furniture maker.

When I win a case, I celebrate by … usually getting a cold.

The SCOTUS decision I’d overturn is … A few—DC v. Heller and Citizens United come to mind.

My favorite Twitter feed is … nope.

On weekends I … am running trails in the woods and listening to Joy Division.

The talent I wish I had is … the ability to quiet my mind.

The most fascinating person I ever met is … she knows who she is. 

I get angry when … the professional sports teams I want to win don’t win.

My motto is … “Hey, let’s get serious.”

The movie line I quote most often is … “Damn! We’re in a tight spot!” – O Brother, Where Art Thou?

I wish I had invented … The Google.

If I had a morning show, my co-host would be … my friend Andrew, in a bear suit. (We’ve workshopped this previously.)

My guilty pleasure is … video-game soccer.

My favorite word is … ostensibly.  

My least-favorite word is … capitulate. 

If I won the lottery I’d … spend a few days in Brooklyn with Martin Greenfield, the bespoke tailor who dressed the last 10 presidents.

The greatest song lyric ever … was probably written by Tom Waits.

The best meal I ever had was … a bocadillo last weekend from Curate in Asheville: top 50 for sure.

A recurring dream I have is … not appropriate for this forum.

The most misunderstood part of my practice area is … this one is easy—9(j).

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