A snowbird transplant, Kara left New England some years ago for a bit more sunshine. At UCF, Kara interned in Washington D.C. with a public-private state department program which she continued to serve locally in Orlando, showcasing a number of green businesses and initiatives to international entrepreneurs and civic leaders.
On a much smaller scale, Kara participated in UCF’s Student Sustainability Alliance and volunteered in the community gardens. Just before law school, she worked with BrewerLong helping local breweries and wineries get licensed through state and local authorities.
Graduating cum laude from the University of Florida Levin College of Law (Go Gators), Kara worked with the Orange County School Board and an Alachua County-based bankruptcy trustee during her time there. Kara was also an active member of the Moot Court team, serving as external Vice President, participant and coach for a variety of tournaments, including one of the largest nationally, Duberstein Bankruptcy Law, where she was named runner-up best oralist during the Miami rounds.
Most fun, by far, was slow-pitching her way through UVA Law School’s 35 year-old co-ed softball tournament in Charlottesville, Virginia, helping UF’s team to victory over a number of ivy league schools (take that, Harvard).
Out of law school, Kara was a tort defense litigator for local and national companies, including as second chair for a six-week products liability trial in Jacksonville. After settling down and buying some acreage out in Mount Dora, Kara has returned to her sustainable, regulatory background to help farmers and locally-focused businesses innovate and capitalize on direct-to-consumer movements across the state.
In her off time, Kara is an avid gardener and cook. You’ll often find her in downtown Mount Dora adding to her plant collection or taking client meetings in the local brewery and marketplace.