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 representing clients involved in online gaming and sports wagering, the blockchain and cryptocurrency sector, the food and beverage sector, the health care sector, the financial sector, and the alternative energy sector. Kara represents clients at every stage of regulatory investigations and federal criminal enforcement actions and has helped them to navigate allegations of securities fraud, health care fraud, tax fraud, antitrust offenses, environmental offenses, and Foreign Corrupt Practice Act violations, among others. Kara also assists companies with internal investigations and with implementing proactive compliance programs to mitigate their risks of downstream exposure.
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.