Author, Karl Gerber, was born a writer. His first writing award came in junior high school. In college he wrote several short stories: “Hallway” (1989); “Eggie” (1990); “Red Pants and Allergy Pills” (1990, 2000). During college he won a writing award when he wrote about his girl-friend’s experience being raped, and put her name on the essay.
In order to support himself Gerber became a labor lawyer. He first gained recognition as an attorney because of his ability to write winning legal briefs and appeals. For ten years, he turned out hundreds of pages of legal briefs each week. His clients were the inspirations of short stories: “Odd Client” (1994); “Dullard” (1995).
In 1997 Gerber was on his way to becoming a leading California labor lawyer. When print journalism still served a purpose he became side tracked writing legal articles: “Self Critical Analysis Documents & After Acquired Evidence” Consumer Attorneys of California, 1997; “Self Critical Analysis Documents are Discoverable,” Los Angeles Daily Journal, December 12, 1997; “Permanent Responsibility,” Los Angeles Daily Journal, June 16, 1999; “Working Moms Have Legal Rights,” Wetset Gazette, Fall 2000; “Federal and State Discrimination Law are Diverging,” Los Angeles Daily Journal, July 7, 2003; “The Late 2003 Amendment to Labor Code Sections 1102.5 and 1106 are Salutary,” Matthew Bender California Labor and Employment Bulletin, August 2004; “Labor Code Sections 2699 & 2699.3 Traps for the Weary & Burden to All,” San Fernando Valley Bar Notes, February 2005.
By 2008 Gerber stopped publishing in print publications. He has written more than 300 articles about labor and labor law. His articles can be found all over the internet.
Once his career was established, he came back to fiction writing. In 2006 he wrote a full length, historically accurate, Los Angeles noir novel entitled, Angelenos Ain’t Lizards aka Legend of the Lizard People. In 2007 he wrote from a woman’s prospective in Does This Make My Butt Look Big?
In the years following Gerber’s last BBS, when he and his brother got together they often discussed their computing experiences during the BBS era. Gerber came to realize his BBS days were his brush with history. As time progressed, he understood how his early online activities formed the ground work for the new information era. Modem Stud had to be written.
When not in trial, Gerber continues to write and edit legal briefs during the day. By night he writes fiction and legal articles. He is a licensed attorney in California, District of Columbia, Massachusetts, and Texas. Since 1993 he has represented 1,500 separate employees in binding arbitrations, federal court proceedings, and state court cases. His win rate on arbitrations and trials first-chaired is 45/46. Good story telling wins trials.
http://worklawyerca.com is Gerber’s main legal website although he maintains more than ten separate sites for his nationwide law practice.