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Kara B. Persson


(619) 230-7709
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San Diego
101 W. Broadway
Suite 2000
San Diego, CA 92101

Los Angeles
633 West Fifth Street
52nd Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90071


J.D., University of California, Los Angeles School of Law

B.A., Princeton University


Hon. Barry Ted Moskowitz, Chief United States District Judge, Southern District of California

Hon. Rudi M. Brewster, Senior United States District Judge, Southern District of California


Best Advocate, National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers

Pro Bono Publico Award, Casa Cornelia Law Center

Recognized by the Louisiana Supreme Court for donation of pro bono legal services to victims of Hurricane Katrina

Wiley W. Manuel Award recipient, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, for pro bono work

Kara Persson is a partner and member of the Environmental practice group, working primarily out of the firm's Southern California offices. She represents clients facing environmental litigation and administrative actions addressing compliance with CERCLA, the Clean Water Act, and other claims of alleged soil, groundwater, and water body contamination. She also defends corporate clients facing significant potential damages in multi-party actions involving alleged products liability and toxic tort claims. Ms. Persson is a co-chair of the firm's Pro Bono Committee and has been commended by the Louisiana Supreme Court as well as local non-profit organizations for her donation of pro bono legal services.

Ms. Persson has served as a law clerk to two federal judges: Chief District Judge Barry Ted Moskowitz and Senior District Judge Rudi M. Brewster of the United States District Court for the Southern District of California.

Ms. Persson has also served as a Federal Public Defender in the Southern District of California.

In her youth, Ms. Persson was a national level competitive figure skater.


United States District Court, Southern, Central, Northern and Eastern Districts of California
United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
United States Supreme Court

Community Involvement

Ms. Persson donates substantial personal and professional time and energy to numerous pro bono and community service activities. Ms. Persson's contributions to her community were featured in a Lawyers Giving Back article in the August 2009 issue of the San Diego Bar Report.