Kara L. Kapp

Member

Washington, D.C.

(202) 304-1457

(202) 861-1905

Chicago

(312) 382-3100

Recent News:

Fourteen Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Recognized as Washington, D.C., Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

Super Lawyers has named 14 Cozen O'Connor attorneys to its 2020 Washington, D.C., Super Lawyers and Rising Stars list.

Kara regularly handles a variety of criminal and civil matters on behalf of Fortune 500 entities, corporate executives, and foreign defendants, among others. Her matters have involved allegations of illegal gaming, securities fraud, health care fraud, tax fraud, antitrust offenses, environmental offenses, and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations, among others.

Kara has significant experience briefing trial and appellate matters before the U.S. Courts of Appeals, the U.S. Supreme Court, federal district courts, and the Illinois Appellate Court. She is a member of the U.S. Supreme Court, Illinois, California, and D.C. Bars, and she is admitted to practice in the Seventh Circuit and the Northern District of Illinois, and the District of Columbia.

She earned her undergraduate degree, summa cum laude, from Dartmouth College in 2006, double majoring in international relations and environmental studies. In 2010, she earned her J.D. from Stanford Law School, as well as a masters in Latin American studies. She is fully proficient in Spanish and proficient in reading and writing in Portuguese. While at Stanford, she served as a symposium editor of the Stanford Law Review, where she received multiple awards for her service. She also worked as a constitutional and international law research assistant to Stanford Law School Dean Jenny Martinez. After law school, Kara served as a law clerk to then Chief Judge Bruce D. Black of the U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico and to the Honorable Edward L. Chavez of the New Mexico Supreme Court. 

Experience

News

Fourteen Cozen O’Connor Attorneys Recognized as Washington, D.C., Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

April 20, 2020

Super Lawyers has named 14 Cozen O'Connor attorneys to its 2020 Washington, D.C., Super Lawyers and Rising Stars list.

13 Cozen O'Connor Attorneys Recognized as Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

April 25, 2019

The 2019 Washington, D.C, edition of Super Lawyers Magazine, published by Thomson Reuters, has named 13 Cozen O’Connor attorneys to its list of Super Lawyers and Rising Stars.

Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers Recognizes 15 Cozen O'Connor Attorneys

May 15, 2018

Fourteen Cozen O’Connor attorneys have been named 2018 Super Lawyers or Rising Stars by Super Lawyers Magazine Washington, D.C. edition, published by Thomson Reuters.

Cozen O’Connor Elects 19 Associates to Membership

April 09, 2018

Cozen O’Connor has elected 19 associates to membership in the firm. The management committee appointed this qualified group of attorneys to membership based on demonstrated professionalism, leadership, dedication, and loyalty to Cozen O’Connor.

Publications

Court Reverses Foreign National’s FCPA Conviction, Setting a High Bar to Establish an Agency Relationship [Alert]

February 28, 2020

A ruling issued on Wednesday, February 26 by a Connecticut federal court details the type of control necessary to find that a foreign national acted as an agent of a U.S. domestic concern for purposes of falling within the coverage of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA).

Emerging Trends Under the DOJ’s Corporate Enforcement Policy

February 20, 2020

Niki Sprinzen and Kara Kapp (White Collar Defense & Investigations) authored an article in Corporate Compliance Insights, titled Emerging Trends Under the DOJ’s Corporate Enforcement Policy, offering guidance to help compliance professionals navigate the FCPA landscape given what lies ahead, particularly in terms of white-collar prosecutions.

How to Use Tech Start-Up Data to Reduce Costly Compliance Risks [COpilot Blog]

March 06, 2019

Emerging technology startups can reduce expensive compliance risks and significant potential financial losses by marshalling resources already at their disposal—their own data scientists. But how? By building a data analytics system to increase internal transparency and better monitor high risk activities.

State Constitutional Law as a Basis For Federal Constitutional Interpretation: The Lessons of the Second Amendment

September 27, 2016

Kara Kapp, member of Cozen O'Connor's Commercial Litigation department, published "State Constitutional Law as a Basis For Federal Constitutional Interpretation: The Lessons of the Second Amendment" in New Mexico Law Review, Vol. 46, No. 2, 2016.

Illinois Civil Appeals: State And Federal 2015 and 2018 Editions

January 01, 2015

Kara Kapp, an associate in Cozen O'Connor's Commercial Litigation department, co-authored, "Illinois Civil Appeals: State And Federal 2015 Edition."

Industry Sectors

Education

  • Stanford University Law School, J.D., 2010
  • Stanford University, M.A., 2010
  • Dartmouth College, B.A., summa cum laude, 2006

Awards & Honors

Washington, D.C., Super Lawyers “Rising Star,” 2018 - 2019

2017 Cozen O’Connor D.C. Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year Award

2014 Seventh Circuit Bar Association Pro Bono and Public Service Award

Stanford Law School, Pro Bono Distinction

Stanford Law Review Vol. 62 Special Service Award

Stanford Law Review Vol. 62 Symposium Committee Award for Exceptional Commitment

American Constitution Society, Stanford Law School Chapter, Programming Award 2010

Dartmouth College, Rufus Choate Scholar

Dartmouth College, Downey Family Prize in Environmental Studies (honoring top Environmental Studies student)

Environmental Studies Honors Thesis: The International Politics of Rainforest Management

  • California
  • Illinois
  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court -- Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court -- District of Columbia

Chief Judge Bruce D. Black, U.S. District Court -- New Mexico

Honorable Edward L. Chavez, New Mexico Supreme Court

American Bar Association, Women in White Collar Subcommittee, Criminal Justice Section

ACLU of Northern Illinois, Next Generation Society Member

American Constitution Society, D.C. Chapter, Board Member

Illinois State Bar Association

Justice Council of Northwestern Law School, Board Member

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers


Additional Language Biographies

Spanish

Portuguese