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Kara Siegel

Senior Attorney

Location: San Diego, California
Phone: (619) 696-9500 (Ext. 125)
Direct: (619) 546-5580
Fax: (619) 615-5290

E-mail[email protected]

Ms. Siegel is an attorney based in the Firm’s San Diego office. She is licensed to practice in California and New York, and she has a wide range of experience in complex commercial and employment litigation, including an extensive background in the financial-services sector.  Ms. Siegel also represents clients at the appellate level and has briefed successful appeals in federal and state court in New York and California.

Ms. Siegel began her career in New York at Curtis Mallet-Prevost Colt & Mosle LLP and Dewey Pegno & Kramarsky LLP, where she litigated complex commercial matters on behalf of public corporations and privately held firms in the U.S. and abroad, as well as their individual directors, officers, and stakeholders. She began her California practice at Paul Plevin Sullivan & Connaughton LLP in San Diego, focusing on issues specific to employment and higher education. In her diverse practice, Ms. Siegel has litigated matters involving complex financial instruments and transactions, intellectual property, fraud, real estate, employment, civil rights, regulatory compliance, privacy, defamation, and general corporate law. Before attending law school, Ms. Siegel completed an MBA with a concentration in finance, so she brings particular interest and insight to disputes regarding financial instruments and transactions. 

Ms. Siegel also has considerable experience in collective, class, and other representative litigation, including suits under the Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA). She has performed internal investigations of major financial institutions in response to shareholder demands. She has also represented California employers in representative suits alleging violations of California and federal law, and she has succeeded in defeating motions for class certification and negotiating favorable settlements. She has also advised employers regarding their employment practices and policies to ensure compliance with federal and state laws.

Ms. Siegel’s representative matters include:

  • Representing the former CEO of a European bank in a New York jury trial on the CEO’s contract and tort claims;
  • Defending individuals in the United States and Europe in a series of litigations arising out of a foreign bank’s loan for the purchase and construction of a hotel in Manhattan;
  • Pursuing claims on behalf of a hedge fund for breach of a financing agreement by a national financial institution;
  • Performing an internal investigation of the board of a multinational financial institution in connection with shareholder suit regarding mortgage-backed securities;
  • Representing a telecommunications company, securing a mandatory injunction compelling an ISP to provide details about an anonymous blogger, enabling negotiations shutting down the defamatory blog;
  • Representing an individual partner in a dispute with fellow partners in Alabama- and Texas-based CAPCO investment vehicles, including securing advancement of her client’s legal fees by the partnerships;
  • Representing a multinational telecommunications company in multiple successful appeals of $314-million case alleging breach of settlement agreement;
  • Defending a public university against claims that its collection and distribution of student fees violated the First and Fourteenth Amendments; and
  • Successfully opposing class certification in a wage and hour matter involving potentially thousands of shipbuilding employees and defending the trial court’s determination on appeal.

Ms. Siegel participates in several legal and community organizations. She is active in Lawyers Club of San Diego, co-chair of its Red, White & Brew Committee, member and former co-chair of its Professional Advancement Committee, and member of its Diverse Women’s Committee.  Ms. Siegel taught in the U.S. and Colombia before law school, and she particularly enjoys working with students to develop their knowledge of and interest in the American legal system. In 2018, she was a volunteer tutor for the first Minority Legal Education Resources, Inc. (MLER) program in California, providing instruction and guidance to recent law-school graduates as they prepared for the California bar exam. She has volunteered as attorney scorer for both the San Diego County and Orange County High School Mock Trial Competitions. And she has presented to San Diego elementary- and high-school students about American law and legal practice in connection with National Constitution Day, the bi-annual Central Elementary Read-In, and the 2018 Edison Elementary Career Fair.

 

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AREAS OF PRACTICE

  • Complex Securities and Business Litigation
  • Securities and Financial Fraud
  • Unfair Competition
  • Business and Real Estate Disputes
  • Internal Investigations
  • Financial Advisor Transitions
  • Employee Raiding and Intellectual Property Disputes
  • Class, collective, and PAGA Litigation
  • California and Federal Employment Law
  • Higher Education Law

EDUCATION

  • University of Pennsylvania School of Law, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    • J.D. – 2006
    • Law Review: Journal of Constitutional Law, Senior Editor, 2005 – 2006, Editor, 2004 – 2005
  • Washington State University College of Business & Economics, Pullman, Washington
    • M.B.A. – 2001
    • Honors: With Honors, Beta Gamma Sigma, Two-time academic-scholarship recipient
    • Concentration: Finance
  • University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
    • A.B. – 1997
    • NCAA finalist, 400-meter dash; NCAA qualifier, 1600-meter relay
    • Major: English Literature

BAR ADMISSIONS

  • California
  • New York
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Eastern District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit

CLERKSHIPS & EXTERNSHIPS

  • Hon. Douglas F. McCormick, Hon. Jean P. Rosenbluth, and Hon. Karen E. Scott, U.S. Magistrate Judges for the Central District of California
  • Hon. Jay A. García-Gregory, U.S. District Judge for the District of Puerto Rico

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS AND MEMBERSHIPS

  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • San Diego Appellate Inn of Court
  • Lawyers Club of San Diego
    • Red, White & Brew Committee, Co-Chair
    • Professional Advancement Committee, Member and former Co-Chair
    • Diverse Women's Committee, Member
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Association of Business Trial Lawyers

LANGUAGES

  • Spanish