Phone: 831.373.4131


Practice Areas

Business Organizations and Commercial Transactions »

Pension and Employee Benefits »

Tax »


State of California

U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of California

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

U.S. Tax Court


A.B., Stanford University, 1962

LL.B., Stanford University, 1964

LL.M., Boston University, Taxation, 1970

Mr. Karachale is one of the founding members of the firm and has been a member since 1973.

His practice includes the following:

Business Organizations and Transactional Law

Mr. Karachale has thirty-five years of experience in the formation of business entities, including corporations, partnerships, and limited liability companies. Mr. Karachale has significant experience in representing physicians and medical groups and various physician organizations, including ambulatory surgery centers. He currently represents in excess of one hundred Monterey County physicians and medical groups. His practice also involves real estate transactions, including dispositions, and transactions involving tax deferrals.

Employee Benefits

Mr. Karachale has represented clients in ERISA matters since the enactment of ERISA in 1974. Mr. Karachale has the most extensive employee benefits practice in Central California involving both qualified and nonqualified retirement plan issues faced by for-profit and non-profit private employers and governmental entities. He currently represents two of the largest employee plan administration companies in the area and has extensive experience in representing employers before the U.S. Department of Labor (EBSA) and the Internal Revenue Service, including National Office ruling matters and federal court proceedings. Representative reported ERISA cases are Rodrigues v. Herman (9th Cir. 1997) 121 F.3d 1352 and Bowles v. Reade (9th Cir. 1999) 198 F.3d 752.

Federal and State Tax Matters

Mr. Karachale has been certified under the State Bar Tax Specialization Program for over twenty-five years and has extensive experience in representing taxpayers before the Internal Revenue Service and the Franchise Tax Board, including appeals and U.S. Tax Court matters.


The State Bar of California (Taxation Section)

Monterey County Bar Association (Executive Committee, 1998-2003, President, 2004)

American Bar Association (Committee on Professional Service Corporation, Section of Taxation, 1978-1980)

American Bar Association (Committee on Professional Service Corporations, Section of Taxation, 1978-1980)

American Society of Pension Professionals and Actuaries (formerly American Society of Pension Actuaries)

Western Pension Conference (Department of Labor Enforcement Committee, 1995-2003)


Certified Specialist, Taxation Law, the State Bar of California Board of Legal Specialization

Publications and Lectures:

“Did The OTEY Case Survive the Tax Reform Act of 1984?” Vol.12, No.2, California State Bar Tax Section News (Winter 1986)

“Installment Sales” 5 Taxation for Lawyers 207 (1977) (with Stephen W. Dyer)

“Deferred sales contract with low rate of interest can cause loss of tax benefits,” 19 Taxation for Accountants 76 (August 1977) (with Stephen W. Dyer)

Co-editor, Review of Selected Code Legislation (Continuing Education of the Bar 1963)

Instructor, Golden Gate University Center for Tax Studies, Graduate Taxation Program, 1972-1977

Instructor, Monterey College of Law, Federal Income Taxation, 1977-1983