Kara specializes in ERISA litigation relating to retirement and health plans.  Kara approaches matters strategically and from the unique perspective of an in-house counsel, a high-ranking government lawyer, and a litigator who has successfully tried a high-profile, bet the company case.  Kara is skilled in all stages of litigation, including the management of large-scale electronic discovery, depositions, expert discovery, dispositive motions, settlement negotiations, and trial.

Prior to joining Groom, Kara was Senior Counsel in the Washington, D.C. of a global law firm, where for more than nine years she litigated complex commercial matters, including civil RICO, False Claims Act, business tort, breach of contract, employment, and insurance coverage cases.   At her prior firm, Kara played a critical role on a trial team that successfully defended the firm’s client in a six-week bench trial in a case of first impression under the Endangered Species Act.  Following the defense verdict, the client ultimately recovered more than $25 million in attorneys’ fees from the plaintiffs and counsel who filed the case.  She also completed a nine-month, full time secondment to the civil litigation group of the world’s largest pharmaceutical company, where she independently managed outside counsel and developed case strategies for a diverse docket of civil matters.  Further, from 2010-2011, Kara served as the Assistant General Counsel for the North Carolina State Treasurer, where she provided strategic advice on the management of the state pension plan to a state-wide elected official and selected and managed outside counsel handling litigation and internal investigations.

Previous Experience
  • Assistant General Counsel, North Carolina Department of State Treasurer, 2010-2011
Clerkships
  • The Honorable Ronald L. Buckwalter, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania
Honors & Distinctions
  • Washington DC Rising Star, Civil Litigation:  Defense, Thomson Reuters, 2014-2015
  • Legal Lion, Law360’s Weekly Verdict: Legal Lions & Lambs, May 25, 2014