Kara Kennedy is a senior associate in the firm's Litigation & Trial Practice Group. Ms. Kennedy represents clients in state and federal courts across the country and her litigation experience involves a wide range of matters, including complex commercial litigation, multidistrict litigation, class action lawsuits, antitrust, products liability, internal investigations and insurance coverage disputes. She focuses her practice on consumer fraud class actions and contract and tort cases involving the automotive industry, and she also has significant experience representing Japanese companies and their U.S. subsidiaries.
Ms. Kennedy received her J.D. from the University of Virginia, where she served on the editorial board of the Virginia Journal of Social Policy & the Law and interned with the Honorable C. Christopher Hagy of the Northern District of Georgia. Prior to attending law school, Ms. Kennedy received her B.A. from Wesleyan University, where she majored in psychology.
- Counsel for an automobile manufacturer in large-scale products liability and consumer class action multidistrict litigation involving over 200 nationwide class actions.
- Counsel for a major national bank in putative, nationwide, class action multidistrict litigation alleging antitrust violations in the payment card industry.
- Counsel for a seller of personal computers in multiple consumer fraud class actions that, after the class certification briefing, settled on very favorable terms.
- Counsel for a Japanese electronics company in New York federal court, where the plaintiff sought to recover more than $30 million incurred in connection with a product recall issued by a U.S. automobile manufacturer; the case settled on very favorable terms.
- Counsel to clients in the automotive industry in relation to warranty and contract claims arising from recall issues.
- Counsel to a manufacturer of vehicle restraint systems in multiple wrongful death product liability cases.