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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.