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Kara, a New York native, holds a Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, from Saint Bonaventure University and a Juris Doctor, cum laude, from MarquetteUniversity.  She is a member of the Wisconsin State Bar and both districts of the federal system. Kara, a partner with Moen Sheehan Meyer, Ltd., joined the firm in 1995.  She is a member of the La Crosse County Bar Association, serving as secretary 1997-1998, and President of the Wisconsin Defense Counsel.  She is the President of the Board of Directors for Bethany St. Joseph’s Corporation, La Crosse, Wisconsin.


In 2000, Kara was selected, by the Wisconsin Supreme Court, to serve on the Special Preliminary Review Panel for the Office of Lawyer Regulation.  This panel investigates ethical complaints against lawyers.  Kara was the Panel’s Chairperson in 2007 until her lifetime term(s) expired.  She is current Chair of District 5 of the Office of Lawyer Regulation.  Kara is Court Commissioner for La Crosse County Circuit Court Judge Ramona A. Gonzalez.  Judge Gonzalez appointed her November, 2006.  Previously, she was appointed Court Commissioner by Judge Dennis G. Montabon. 


Kara works extensively with plaintiffs and defendants in many different areas including family, civil, and business law, as well as working with the mentally ill, developmentally disabled and elderly populations.  She has authored several briefs published in the Wisconsin Court of Appeals and articles published in scholarly journals.  She was voted by her peers across the State as a “Rising Star” in a national publication in 2006, 2008, 2010 and 2011.




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Practice areas


  1. Insurance: 24%
  2. Litigation: 24%
    7 years
  3. Family: 24%
  4. Appeals: 23%
  5. Dog Bite: 5%


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  • Nick Passe

    There are good reasons Kara has repeatedly been recognized as a Rising Star. She is a very powerful advocate for her clients because: 1. She has built a reputation as being no-nonsense, 2. she is very good at evaluating a case or a position for its strengths and weaknesses, and 3. she is very good at legal research and writing. When she says something in court or in a letter or pleading, judges and other attorneys listen and give her input strong consideration in a way most other attorneys would envy.


    Nick Passe Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

Contact info

Moen Sheehan Meyer, Ltd.

201 Main St # 700
La Crosse, WI, 54601-0718

PO Box 786
La Crosse, WI, 54602-0786



WIGood Standing199503/20/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Wisconsin Rising StarWisconsin Super Lawyers2010
Wisconsin Rising StarWisconsin Lawyer magazine2008
Wisconsin Rising StarWisconsin Lawyer magazine2006
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Associate ProfessorWestern Technical College2011 - Present
Student Legal AdvisorUniversity of Wisconin - La Crosse1996 - Present
ShareholderMoen Sheehan Meyer, Ltd.1995 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Office of Lawyer RegulationDistrict 5 Committee2010 - Present
Bethany St. Joseph's CorporationBoard of Directors2008 - Present
Wisconsin Defense CounselBoard of Directors2008 - Present
Rotary ClubMember2007 - Present
Western Technical CollegeAdvisory Board Member2006 - Present
State Bar of WisconsinMember1995 - Present
La Crosse County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Women's Fund of Greater La Crosse, Inc.Board of Directors2006 - 2011
Office of Lawyer Regulation, Special Preliminary Review PanelMember2000 - 2007
La Crosse Bar AssociationSecretary1997 - 1998
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Kapus v. United Fire & Cas. Co.N/A
Noffke ex. rel. Swanson v. BakkeN/A
Fischer v. Midwest Ins. Co.N/A
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Publication nameTitleDate
Wisconsin Civil Trial JournalDeposition Techniques: Get Your Ducks in a Row2013
Wisconsin Defense Counsel JournalExcusable Neglect Not a Factor in Relief from Default for Extraordinary Circumstances2010
Wisconsin Defense Counsel JournalSubverting the Burden of Proof for medical Expenses2010
Wisconsin Civil Trial JournalThe Parent Trap: Navigating the Minefield Between Competition and Litigation2008
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Marquette University Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1995
St Bonaventure UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of ArtsN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
WDC Annual ConferenceExpert Testimony Under the new Wis. Stat. sec. 907.02 and Daubert2014
Civil Litigation SeminarAs Judges See It: Top Mistakes Attorneys Make in Civil Litigation2014
BLSPersonal Injury Law2014
State Bar of Wisconsin, Negligence SectionDeposition Techniques2013
Landlord Tenant LawLandlord Tenant Law2013
Landlord Tenant lawLandlord Tenant Law2011
2010 Annual La Crosse Child Maltreatment ConferenceGuardian ad Litem Practice2010
Through the Eyes of a ChildGuardian ad Litem Practice2009
Annual Spring ConferenceRecreational Immunity2009