Kara D. Ford

Kara D. Ford: Attorney with Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP
  • Associate at Eversheds Sutherland (US) LLP (437 Attorneys)
  • 999 Peachtree Street, N.E., Atlanta, GA 30309-3996
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Building on a distinguished academic performance at Duke University School of Law, including tenures as editor-in-chief of the Duke Journal of Constitutional Law and Public Policy and lead editor of the Duke Forum for Law and Social Change, Kara Ford joined Eversheds Sutherland (US) in 2012 as a member of the Litigation Practice Group. Kara’s practice focuses on representing clients in the financial services and insurance industry in connection with complex commercial litigation, arbitration, and cross-border internal investigations. She has represented clients in state and federal courts in New York, as well as domestic and international arbitrations.

Kara worked with Eversheds Sutherland (US) as one of the participants in the firm’s 2011 Summer Associate Program. She gained important legal experience before that by interning for the Office of the Georgia Capital Defender in 2010. During her internship, she researched the constitutionality of the Georgia Supreme Court’s mandatory proportionality review of death sentences.

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“A legal profession offers the perfect way to combine an interest in academics with skills gained outside of the classroom.”


Represents a plaintiff investment bank in a dispute over a breached asset purchase agreement.
Represented an insurer in responding to a multistate subpoena from various state Departments of Insurance.
Defends a New York-based financial services firm against a $100 million bankruptcy-related claim and other litigation.
Represented 46 Indian workers in litigation against Signal International for violations of the federal anti-trafficking statute and RICO, fraud, breach of contract, discrimination and other claims, which settled after the defendant filed for bankruptcy.
Achieved a favorable settlement for a major multinational EPC contractor in international arbitration of a dispute over a copper mining contract.
Represents a financial services company in New York state court regarding a fraudulent conveyance claim.


“I enjoyed academia, but chose a legal career because I wanted to develop practical skills to use the knowledge that I was gaining outside of the classroom environment. Law school ended up being the perfect combination of both of those worlds.”

Legal Alerts

Legal Alert: The New York State Department of Financial Services issues guidance on corporate whistleblowing programs (January 14, 2019)
On January 7, 2019, the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS or the “Department”) issued guidance regarding internal whistleblowing programs, calling a “robust” whistleblowing program ...

Legal Alert: 2018 amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure - embracing technology and promoting judicial efficiency (December 4, 2018)
On December 1, 2018, four amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure became effective. The amendments to Rules 23, 5, 62, and 65.1 by no means constitute earth-shattering changes to existing ...

Legal Alert: The impact of Langan v. Johnson & Johnson on nationwide class actions (August 15, 2018)
The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit recently closed the door on a potential argument for defendants fighting multi-state class certification. In Langan v. Johnson & Johnson Consumer ...

Legal Alert: Down the Shore, A Turn in the Tide - New Jersey Supreme Court Denies Class Certification in TCCWNA Case (December 7, 2017)
For the past few years, consumer-facing businesses that advertise and sell to New Jersey consumers have been subject to an ever-rising tide of class action lawsuits under New Jersey’s ...

Legal Alert: United States v. Allen and the Taint of Compelled Testimony in Cross-Border Enforcement Actions (July 25, 2017)
In a decision likely to cause global reverberations in the realm of cross-border enforcement, the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit has vacated the convictions and indictment in the first US ...

Legal Alert: CFPB Proposes to Examine and Directly Supervise Nonbank Auto Lenders (September 19, 2014)
On September 17, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) proposed to make nonbank automobile lenders subject to the examination and direct supervision of the Bureau. View the proposed rule. ...

Legal Alert: CFPB Plans Supervision of Nonbank Automobile Lenders (June 2, 2014)
In a May 23, 2014 blog post by Kelly Cochran, Assistant Director of Regulation, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau indicated that it is working on a “larger participant” rule for nonbank ...

Legal Alert: Department of Labor Issues Interim Final Employee Whistleblower Rule Under the Consumer Financial Protection Act (April 8, 2014)
On April 4, 2014, the Department of Labor (DOL) issued an Interim Final Rule establishing procedures concerning the manner in which the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will ...

Legal Alert: The CFPB Releases Its “Data Point” Report on Payday Lending (April 2, 2014)
On March 25, 2014, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) released its second report on payday lending. This report followed a white paper on payday lending and deposit advance products that ...

Legal Alert: The CFPB Proposes to Supervise Nonbanks that Perform One Million or More International Money Transfers Per Year (January 24, 2014)
On January 23, 2014, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) proposed a rule whereby the definition of “larger participants” will be expanded to include nonbanks that perform one million or ...


How Mobility-Focused Tech Will Affect Auto Regs (January 24, 2017)
Mobility! That was the buzzword at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas this January for anything that moves. Attendees spoke openly about the need to rethink everything, including how ...

Autonomous Vehicles: What to Expect from the NHTSA’s Highly Anticipated Guidelines (September 16, 2016)
Global Trade
In their article for Global Trade, Sutherland attorneys Michael Nelson and Kara Ford provide insight on the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) highly anticipated guidelines on ...

Harrington v. Richter: AEDPA Deference and the Right to Effective Counsel (2011)
6 Duke. J. Const. L. & Pub. Pol’y Sidebar 54

A Glimpse Into the Future: The EEOC's New Strategic Enforcement Plan (Spring 2013)
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Areas of Practice (6)

  • Litigation
  • Complex Business Litigation
  • Automotive
  • Financial Services Litigation
  • Internal Investigations
  • Securities Fraud Class Action

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
University Attended:
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, B.A.
Law School Attended:
Duke University School of Law, J.D., Editor-in-Chief, Duke Journal of Constitutional Law and Public Policy
Year of First Admission:
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York; U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York; New York; Georgia

Professional Activities

Member, Governing Committee, Sutherland Women Stepping Up

Member, Committee on the State Courts of Superior Jurisdiction, Association of the Bar of the City of New York

Member, E-Discovery Working Group, Association of the Bar of the City of New York

Junior Executive Editor, ABA Tort Trial & Insurance Practice Law Journal


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