Former In-House Counsel & Social Media Leader
Kara advises and counsels corporate clients on a myriad of labor and employment issues, including those touching upon technology and privacy matters. She works collaboratively with key organizational stake-holders to provide innovative and thoughtful advice and support in areas such as bring-your-own-device (BYOD) policies, social media and technology-use issues, contract preparation and review, workplace privacy concerns, and employee discipline matters. Kara has represented clients before administrative agencies, litigated state and federal employment matters and has extensive experience assisting her clients with reviewing and negotiating contract provisions.
Kara has developed and conducted several training programs for her clients on topics such as social media use, sexual harassment, and conflict resolution in the workplace.
She assists clients with a variety of corporate needs, from contract review, licensing, women-owned business matters, to facilitating a culture of positive labor relations. Kara also works with businesses to provide practical and proactive counsel under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) from website remediation recommendations to litigation strategy and defense and settlement compliance.
Kara has led a number of social media initiatives and can help clients navigate through the legal implications, as well as the practical ones, in developing social media campaigns.
Kara is also a Certified Information Privacy Professional, United States (CIPP/US) as certified by the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP).
Recognitions and Thought Leadership
- Trained Mediator and Alternative Dispute Resolution Professional
- Respected speaker, presenter and trainer on hot topics in the area labor and employee relations
- Recipient of the University at Buffalo Law School Faculty Award
- State University of New York at Buffalo Law School, J.D., cum laude, 2007
- The George Washington University, B.A., magna cum laude, 2004
- International Legal Technology Association (ILTA), Member
- InfoTech WNY, Member
- Information Systems Security Association (ISSA), Member
- International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), Member
Membership and Admissions
- New York State
Experience and Expertise
- Acted as legal liaison and advisor for organization-wide initiative to increase social media presence and technology-use in the workforce.
- Developed and piloted new employee orientation and on-boarding initiative for organization with hundreds of employees in several offices.
- Litigated action against governmental agency challenging wrongful termination.