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About Nathan Karlin

Nathan Karlin is nationally recognized for his success and determination as a train accident lawyer. Nathan is the managing attorney at Pottroff & Karlin, and strongly believes in the firm’s commitment to advancing public safety across the country.  He is also the immediate past chair of the Railroad Law Section for the American Association of Justice. Nathan gained invaluable experience and training on successfully litigating all types of personal injury cases while working with one of the best trial lawyers in the country, Bob Pottroff.  Nathan has devoted the majority of his practice to fighting for railroad accident victims.  There are over 3,000 train accidents a year.  Hundreds of people lose their lives and even more are seriously injured.  Nathan understands that life can be profoundly changed in an instant by a train collision.  He also understands many of these railroad tragedies are preventable.  Nathan is active in courtrooms throughout the country advocating for a safer tomorrow.  He is committed to serving the community and furthering safety in the transportation industry.

Nathan received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Kansas School of Law and his Bachelor of Science in Economics from Kansas State University.  In law school, Nathan also received his certificate in Trial Advocacy and served two consecutive years at the Kansas Journal of Law & Public Policy where he authored an article on how the railroad industry is attempting to use legal arguments to avoid being held accountable for public safety.

Nathan has worked tirelessly to unveil the wrongdoings of railroad companies from coast to coast by co-counseling with other attorneys who bring him into work with them on cases. He has worked on such cases in numerous states including Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Vermont, Washington, West Virginia and Wisconsin. In addition to his own cases, Nathan has assisted other lawyers in numerous other states by providing them advice and support during their evaluation and litigation process.

In his personal time, Nathan enjoys spending time with his family and being involved in the Manhattan community. Nathan is a member of the Sunset Zoological Park & Wildlife Conservation Trust and on the board of directors for the Manhattan Emergency Shelter Inc.

Leadership Positions

  • Kansas Trial Lawyer Association Board of Governors


  • American Bar Association
  • Kansas Bar Association
  • Riley County Bar Association
  • American Association for Justice
  • Kansas Trial Lawyer Association


  • Kansas State University

    Bachelor of Science
  • University of Kansas School of Law

    Juris Doctorate