Kara Siegel

Associate

Kara Siegel represents employers in all aspects of employment litigation, including wrongful termination, harassment, discrimination, retaliation, wage and hour disputes, and trade secrets. Kara specializes in collective and class actions and representative actions under the Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA). Kara also advises clients regarding their employment practices and legal obligations and drafts employee policies to ensure compliance with federal and state laws.

Before joining Paul Plevin, Kara was an associate at Dewey Pegno & Kramarsky LLP, where she represented clients in complex litigation and arbitration involving employment law, intellectual property, securities, real estate, and corporate ownership. Kara also served as staff attorney to U.S. Magistrate Judges Jean P. Rosenbluth, Douglas F. McCormick, and Karen E. Scott in the Central District of California.

 

Education

  • University of Pennsylvania Law School, J.D. 2006
  • Washington State University, M.B.A. 2001
  • University of Chicago, A.B. 1997

Professional Experience

  • Paul, Plevin, Sullivan & Connaughton LLP, Associate, January 2016 - present
  • United States District Court for the Central District of California, Staff Attorney, September 2013 – December 2015
  • Dewey Pegno & Kramarsky LLP, Associate, July 2007 – August 2013
  • Curtis Mallet Prevost Colt & Mosle LLP, Associate, September 2006 – July 2007; Summer Associate, June 2005 – August 2005

Admissions

  • All California state courts
  • All New York state courts
  • United States District Courts for the Southern and Central Districts of California
  • United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Second and Ninth Circuits

 

Languages

  • Spanish

Professional Activities

  • Member, Lawyers Club of San Diego
    Co-Chair, Professional Advancement Committee (2018-19)
    Co-Coordinator, Seventh Annual General Counsel Roundtable Luncheon (2018)
    Member, Diverse Women’s Committee (2017-)
    Volunteer, Central Elementary Read-In and Edison Elementary Career Fair
  • Volunteer Tutor, Minority Legal Education Resources (MLER)
  • Attorney Scorer, San Diego County High School Mock Trial (2016, 2018) and Orange County High School Mock Trial (2014)
  • Volunteer Presenter, ACLU Constitution Day (2017)
  • Member, State Bar of California, Labor and Employment Law Section
  • Member, San Diego County Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section and Appellate Practice Section
  • Member, Federal Bar Association

Publications

  • Co-Author, Wage & Hour Advisor: California Supreme Court Holds Federal De Minimis Rule Not a Defense to State Wage Claims, Bender’s California Labor & Employment Bulletin, Sept. 2018
  • Author, Building an Increasingly Representative California Judiciary, Lawyers Club News, April 2018
  • Co-Author, What Is Fair Use? Google May Have the Answer, N.Y.L.J., July 16, 2013
  • Co-Author, Courts Reject Attempts to Limit Negative Customer Reviews, N.Y.L.J., May 21, 2013
  • Co-Author, Court Rejects Applying CFAA to Confidential Information, N.Y.L.J., Mar. 19, 2013
  • Co-Author, Room for Error: 'Hall Street' and the Shrinking Scope of Judicial Review of Arbitral Awards, N.Y.L.J., May 15, 2008, cited in Stolt-Nielsen SA v. Animalfeeds Int’l Corp., 548 F.3d 85, 93 (2d Cir. 2008)

Speaking Engagements

  • New Developments, PPSC Annual Employment Law Update, October 2017
  • Retaliation and Whistleblowing, PPSC Annual Employment Law Update, October 2016
  • Managing Non-exempt (Hourly) Employees, June 2017, September 2017,  January 2018, April 2018

     

     

  • March 22, 2017: Not So Fast: When and How to Hold a Manifestation Determination

Representative Matters

  • Successfully opposed class certification in wage and hour matter involving shipbuilding employees and defended determination on appeal 
  • Obtained dismissal of employee’s complaint on grounds of claim preclusion
  • Successfully appealed the largest default judgment in New York State history 
  • Co-authored briefing on multiple successful appeals of $314-million case alleging breach of settlement agreement