Kara is a Partner in Cozen O'Connor's Washington, D.C. office, and is a member of Cozen's White Collar Defense & Investigation's practice. She represents individuals and companies at every stage of regulatory investigations and federal criminal enforcement actions in white collar matters. She specializes in representing foreign defendants and representing executives and entities in the cryptocurrency, financial, and sports wagering industries, though her experience covers securities fraud, health care fraud, false statement claims, tax fraud, antitrust offenses, environmental offenses, Foreign Agent Registration Act violations, and Foreign Corrupt Practice Act violations, among others. On several occasions, Kara has convinced federal prosecutors to not pursue charges against her clients or to grant them immunity.
Kara also assists companies to implement proactive compliance programs to mitigate risks of downstream exposure and reinforce a positive corporate culture, and she specializes in leveraging technology to assist corporations in implementing robust compliance programs.
She is skilled and experienced at both trial and appellate advocacy. She 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.
Kara earned her undergraduate degree, summa cum laude, from Dartmouth College and 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.