Kara grew up in the small but lively town of Wesley, Iowa. After graduating from Bishop Garrigan High School, she attended Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa, where she earned a degree in Criminal Justice.
Kara had her eye on a career in the legal field from the beginning. Growing up, crime shows and lawyer movies were a common choice of entertainment that helped her develop a passion for advocacy and the law. The summer before her senior year of high school, Kara attended a National Youth Leadership Forum on Law in Washington, D.C., which gave her a realistic glimpse into the practice of law and cemented her plans to attend law school.
After graduating from Simpson, Kara attended Drake University Law School. She served on the editorial board for the Drake Law Review, represented clients as a student attorney in the Criminal Defense Clinic, and worked as an Evidence Research Assistant.
After her first year at Drake, Kara accepted a clerking position at Timmer & Judkins. It didn’t even take a full day for her to realize that employment law was her passion, and T&J was exactly where she was meant to land. Since then, Kara has had the extraordinary opportunity to practice what she loves everyday: delivering justice for her clients and advocating for Iowa employees who’ve faced discrimination, retaliation, and unfair treatment in the workplace.
Kara resides in Ankeny. In her free time, she enjoys using the biking and walking trails in town, reading on her patio, attending concerts, visiting her family, and traveling with her friends.
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