January 2, 2020, Portland, OR - Foster Garvey is pleased to welcome Kara Stoddart to the firm’s Portland office. She joins the firm as an Associate in the Trusts, Estates & Charitable Organizations group. Kara brings extensive experience as a fiduciary litigator representing individuals, trusts companies and non-profit organizations in a wide range of complex trusts and estates disputes.
Prior to relocating to the West Coast, Kara worked at an established law firm in New York state where she concentrated her practice on will contests; disputed estate and trust accounting proceedings; cy pres proceedings; trust modifications; fiduciary removal; undue influence; capacity cases; breach of fiduciary duty; financial elder abuse; contested guardianship and conservatorship matters; disputes regarding decedents’ retirement accounts; and proceedings to approve settlements of wrongful death claims.
Kara is also an experienced business and commercial litigator representing clients in disputes such as breach of contract; challenges to state, municipal and agency decisions; eminent domain proceedings; corporate dissolutions and disputes; receivership matters; breach of fiduciary duty claims; and actions involving restrictive covenants. In addition to Oregon, she is also admitted to practice in Colorado, New York and U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York.
Kara received her J.D. from State University of New York at Buffalo Law School, where she was a member of the Board of Editors at the Buffalo Law Review, an Articles Editor for the Buffalo Journal of Gender, Law & Social Policy and an Editor for the American Association for Justice Student Trial Advocacy Competition Semi-Finalist.
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Foster Garvey PC was established through the combination of two storied Pacific Northwest-based law firms, Foster Pepper PLLC and Garvey Schubert Barer, PC, in 2019. Foster Garvey is now one of the largest firms in the region with 180 attorneys in six offices in Seattle, Portland, Washington, D.C., New York, Spokane and Beijing, offering an extended national and international reach to serve several of the most influential and innovative companies, governments and individuals in the country across the full-spectrum of legal services. The firm's attorneys are consistently recognized for their deep industry knowledge and superior client service by prominent legal industry publications including Best Lawyers in America©, Chambers USA and U.S. News-Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms.” In addition to providing efficient and effective counsel, Foster Garvey will continue to provide a strong commitment to community service, pro bono work, diversity and inclusion efforts, and a collegial and equitable work environment.