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OVERVIEW

Kara Kapke
Partner

Indianapolis

11 S. Meridian Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204-3535

P 317-231-6491

F 317-231-7433

OVERVIEW

Kara Kapke
Partner

Indianapolis

11 S. Meridian Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204-3535

P 317-231-6491

F 317-231-7433

Litigator and regulatory counselor Kara Kapke offers diverse experience in defending chemical and pharmaceutical manufacturers, media outlets, retailers, schools, and other entities in complex litigation, as well as advising clients on issues such as autonomous vehicle technology, education, tax policy, and other compliance and regulatory matters.

Litigator and regulatory counselor Kara Kapke offers diverse experience in defending chemical and pharmaceutical manufacturers, media outlets, retailers, schools, and other entities in complex litigation, as well as advising clients on issues such as autonomous vehicle technology, education, tax policy, and other compliance and regulatory matters.

OVERVIEW

Litigator and regulatory counselor Kara Kapke offers diverse experience in defending chemical and pharmaceutical manufacturers, media outlets, retailers, schools, and other entities in complex litigation, as well as advising clients on issues such as autonomous vehicle technology, education, tax policy, and other compliance and regulatory matters.

An active listener, balanced negotiator and fervent advocate in and out of court, Kara mitigates problems and ultimately keeps client matters on track when and where it is needed most. Her ability to analyze a high level of detail and streamline sophisticated concepts into comprehensive strategy and workable solutions is at the heart of her dedication to serving as a trusted adviser and strategic litigator.

Kara understands how institutional organizations and businesses operate and what drives their decision-making processes. She provides much-needed perspective and insight into identifying distinct objectives and then realizing tangible goals, in both the boardroom and the courtroom.

Highly analytical, practical and focused, Kara’s legal acumen is complimented by her people skills and the immediate ease of communication she creates when serving on diverse client teams. Always direct and objective when assessing client strengths and weaknesses, she gets to the point quickly and is valued for her candor and intellectual acuity when faced with difficult challenges.

A former television journalist in Indiana, Pennsylvania, and Texas, Kara works with colleagues and experts to simplify legal, scientific and medical jargon so it is more easily understood.

Honors

The Best Lawyers in America, 2013-2020

Indiana Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2010-2012, 2014-2018

Experience
  • Granted dismissal of claims alleging cardiac injury against a manufacturer of medical device, on preemption grounds
  • Successfully represented a global chemical company against allegations that Parkinson’s disease resulted from exposure to a workplace solvent through a grant of dismissal of multiple claims
  • Secured summary judgment for coil manufacturer alleged to be responsible for a massive factory chemical spill and fire
  • Granted dismissal of claims alleging economic harms and personal injury against manufacturer of a medical generator when device failed to start, under preemption motion
  • Represented a global chemical company in successfully securing summary judgment against allegations birth defects from exposure to trichloroethylene
  • Secured dismissal of claims alleging pesticide exposure caused a child’s cerebral palsy, including exclusion of expert testimony
  • Granted summary judgment for herbicide manufacturer in chronic myelogenous leukemia case
  • Represented a pesticide manufacturer in acute myelogenous leukemia case, securing dismissal, including exclusion of expert testimony
  • Secured denial of preliminary injunction and motion to stay in federal court lawsuit relating to sports governing body
  • Granted Anti-SLAPP motion to dismiss and attorneys’ fees for peer-reviewed journal publisher
  • Defended a newspaper in relation to publication of online comments, securing dismissal under the Communications Decency Act
  • Successfully argued to trial court that discovery into third-party media entity's unaired footage should not be precluded
  • Successfully argued for dismissal of defamation claims against a newspaper under the retraction statute
  • Granted dismissal, before discovery, of defamation claims against a media entity, upheld on appeal
  • Granted dismissal of claims brought by a former employee for defamation and violation of the Blacklisting Statute
  • Secured dismissal of defamation claims involving allegations of research misconduct
  • Secured dismissal of defamation, invasion of privacy/false light and intentional infliction of emotional distress claims brought by a former employee against his former supervisor and a former subordinate
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