Biography

Kara is a Director in Preti Flaherty's Real Estate and Finance and Corporate and M&A practice groups and focuses on affordable housing, general business, commercial real estate, and securities regulation from the firm's Concord, NH office. She works on a variety of matters in the areas of corporate finance and governance, general business counseling, and the finance and development of commercial real estate.  In the affordable housing arena, Kara works with multi-family and senior housing project developers, state and federal financing agencies, commercial lenders and local housing authorities on the acquisition, development and financing of affordable housing facilities. Kara holds a certification from the National Development Council as a Rental Housing Development Finance Professional.

Prior to practicing law, Kara held management positions in resort operations at two Vermont ski resorts. She resides in Bow, New Hampshire, with her husband and sons.

Professional Activities

  • Fellow, American College of Mortgage Attorneys
  • Maine State Bar Association
  • New Hampshire State Bar Association
  • Vermont State Bar Association
  • New York State Bar Association

Honors & Recognition

  • Recognized as a "Rising Star" by New England Super Lawyers
  • Recognized by Best Lawyers in America
    • 2021 and 2023 Lawyer of the Year, Corporate Law (Concord, NH)

Civic and Charitable Activities

  • Northern New England Housing Investment Fund, Board of Directors
  • Impact New Hampshire Fund, Investment Committee
  • Board of Trustees, YMCA Camp Belknap, Tuftonboro, NH
  • Board of Directors, Evernorth

Publications

  • Co-Author, Mineral Reactions in a Colorado Mine Dump: Implications for Remediation in Arid and Semi-Arid Environments, presented at 1995 National Meeting of the American Society of Surface Mining and Reclamation, Gillette, WY, 1995
  • Author, Minerology and Geochemistry of Acid Mine Drainage in Two Geologic Regions of Colorado, presented at Vermont Geological Society Annual Meeting, 1995
  • Symposium Editor of the Vermont Law Review's Fall 2002 Symposium, Mountain Resorts, Ecology & the Law
  • Author, Takings Jurisprudence and Constitutional Challenges to Ridgeline Zoning in Vermont: What's on the Horizon?, Vermont Law Review, Fall 2001
  • Co-Author, Conducting Ethical Internal Investigations: Considerations for Corporate Counsel, New Hampshire Bar Journal, Spring 2012, Volume 53, Number 1

Firm Highlights

Publication

Compliance for Two—What Employers Need to Know about the Newly Effective Final Regulation for the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act

On June 18, 2024 the final rule from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) implementing the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act (PWFA) takes effect, clarifying employers' obligations under this landmark legislation. Effective since June 27...

News

Preti’s Sig Schutz Recognized as Member of NHPR’s Pulitzer-Finalist Team

Preti First Amendment attorney Sig Schutz has been recognized as “a core member of the [NHPR] team” involved in a podcast honored as a Pulitzer Prize finalist in the audio journalism category.  The podcast...

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Maine Becomes Seventh State to Enact Uniform Public Expression Protection Act (UPEPA)

Maine is now the latest state to enact the Uniform Public Expression Protection Act (UPEPA)—following New Jersey, Oregon (substantially similar), Utah, Hawaii, Kentucky, and Washington. UPEPA aims to provide a clear framework for the...

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Greg Hansel Named Top 25 Attorney of the Northeast Region by Attorney Intel

Preti Flaherty attorney Greg Hansel has been named one of the Top 25 Attorneys of the Northeast Region for 2024 by Attorney Intel . This year’s class of attorneys has been recognized for excelling...

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Solving Problems During the Construction Process

Understanding the variety of construction contracts available and the specifics of each is essential for protecting your project and legal interests. At this interactive Half Moon Seminars webinar, Preti Flaherty attorney John Cronan will...

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Massachusetts High Court Issues Important Ruling Impacting Prompt Pay Act

Earlier today, the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court issued an order in the matter of Business Interiors Floor Covering Business Trust v. Graycor Construction Co. Inc. This decision presents the high court’s first ruling clarifying...

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Veto Day and Final Day of the 131st Legislature

The Legislature convened on Friday, May 10 th for Veto Day to take action on the six bills objected to by the Governor. As expected, all six vetoes were sustained by lawmakers allowing  Governor...

News

Preti Flaherty Welcomes Trusts and Estates Attorney Dianne Ricardo to the Firm

Preti Flaherty is pleased to announce that Dianne Ricardo has joined the firm’s Trusts & Estates Practice Group. Based out of the firm’s Concord, New Hampshire office, Dianne focuses her practice on comprehensive estate...

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10 Preti Attorneys, 6 Practice Groups Honored in National Rankings

Ten Preti Flaherty attorneys and six practice groups have been selected by Chambers USA for inclusion in their premiere annual list of America’s leading lawyers. Preti is recognized for excellence in the practice areas...

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Understanding the Impact of the FTC’s New Noncompete Ban on Your Construction Business

A few weeks ago, the Federal Trade Commission (“FTC”) attracted considerable media coverage when it issued its final rule banning noncompete agreements for workers in most circumstances and making existing noncompetes for the vast...