Cozen O’Connor: Kapp, Kara

Kara L. Kapp


Washington, D.C.

(202) 304-1457

(202) 861-1905


(312) 382-3100

Kara regularly handles a variety of criminal and civil matters on behalf of Fortune 500 entities, corporate executives, and foreign defendants, among others. Her matters have involved allegations of illegal gaming, securities fraud, health care fraud, tax fraud, antitrust offenses, environmental offenses, and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations, among others.

Kara has significant experience briefing trial and appellate matters before the U.S. Courts of Appeals, the U.S. Supreme Court, federal district courts, and the Illinois Appellate Court. She is a member of the U.S. Supreme Court, Illinois, California, and D.C. Bars, and she is admitted to practice in the Seventh Circuit and the Northern District of Illinois.

She earned her undergraduate degree, summa cum laude, from Dartmouth College in 2006, double majoring in international relations and environmental studies. In 2010, she earned her J.D. from Stanford Law School, as well as a masters in Latin American studies. She is fully proficient in Spanish and proficient in reading and writing in Portuguese. While at Stanford, she served as a symposium editor of the Stanford Law Review, where she received multiple awards for her service. She also worked as a constitutional and international law research assistant to Professor Jenny Martinez. After law school, Kara served as a law clerk to then Chief Judge Bruce D. Black of the U.S. District Court for the District of New Mexico and to the Honorable Edward L. Chavez of the New Mexico Supreme Court. 



13 Cozen O'Connor Attorneys Recognized as Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

April 25, 2019

The 2019 Washington, D.C, edition of Super Lawyers Magazine, published by Thomson Reuters, has named 13 Cozen O’Connor attorneys to its list of Super Lawyers and Rising Stars.

Washington, D.C. Super Lawyers Recognizes 15 Cozen O'Connor Attorneys

May 15, 2018

Fourteen Cozen O’Connor attorneys have been named 2018 Super Lawyers or Rising Stars by Super Lawyers Magazine Washington, D.C. edition, published by Thomson Reuters.

Cozen O’Connor Elects 19 Associates to Membership

April 09, 2018

Cozen O’Connor has elected 19 associates to membership in the firm. The management committee appointed this qualified group of attorneys to membership based on demonstrated professionalism, leadership, dedication, and loyalty to Cozen O’Connor.


State Constitutional Law as a Basis For Federal Constitutional Interpretation: The Lessons of the Second Amendment

September 27, 2016

Kara Kapp, member of Cozen O'Connor's Commercial Litigation department, published "State Constitutional Law as a Basis For Federal Constitutional Interpretation: The Lessons of the Second Amendment" in New Mexico Law Review, Vol. 46, No. 2, 2016.

Illinois Civil Appeals: State And Federal 2015 and 2018 Editions

January 01, 2015

Kara Kapp, an associate in Cozen O'Connor's Commercial Litigation department, co-authored, "Illinois Civil Appeals: State And Federal 2015 Edition."


  • Stanford University Law School, J.D., 2010
  • Stanford University, M.A., 2010
  • Dartmouth College, B.A., summa cum laude, 2006

Awards & Honors

American Constitution Society, Stanford Law School Chapter, Programming Award 2010

Dartmouth College, Rufus Choate Scholar

Dartmouth College, Downey Family Prize in Environmental Studies (honoring top Environmental Studies student)

Environmental Studies Honors Thesis: The International Politics of Rainforest Management

Washington, D.C., Super Lawyers “Rising Star,” 2018 - 2019

2017 Cozen O’Connor D.C. Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year Award

2014 Seventh Circuit Bar Association Pro Bono and Public Service Award

Stanford Law School, Pro Bono Distinction

Stanford Law Review Vol. 62 Special Service Award

Stanford Law Review Vol. 62 Symposium Committee Award for Exceptional Commitment

  • California
  • Illinois
  • District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court -- Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Chief Judge Bruce D. Black, U.S. District Court -- New Mexico

Honorable Edward L. Chavez, New Mexico Supreme Court

American Bar Association

ACLU of Northern Illinois, Next Generation Society Member

American Constitution Society, D.C. Chapter, Board Member

Illinois State Bar Association

Justice Council of Northwestern Law School, Board Member

National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Women of Dartmouth, Leadership Team Member 

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