Kara M. Swasey

Kara M. Swasey: Attorney with Bayard, P.A. AV stamp icon
  • Director at Bayard, P.A.
  • Courthouse Square, 600 N. King Street, Suite 400, Wilmington, DE 19801
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  • Kara M. Swasey is a director at Bayard. She concentrates her practice in the area of family law, including divorce, custody, child support, adoption, guardianship, and protection from abuse.
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Biography

Kara M. Swasey is a director at Bayard. She concentrates her practice in the area of family law, including divorce, custody, child support, adoption, guardianship and protection from abuse. She provides litigation support to Bayard’s bankruptcy, corporate and commercial law practices. Kara also represents landlords in commercial and residential landlord-tenant matters in Justice of the Peace courts throughout the state of Delaware.

Kara is a member of the Executive Committee of the Melson-Arsht Inn of Court and has twice been nominated by the Melson-Arsht Inn of Court to speak at the new attorney admissions ceremony. She is also a Reporter on the Access to Justice Commission’s Subcommittee on Judicial Branch Coordination in Helping Pro Se Litigants. Kara previously served as Chair of the Family Law Section of the Delaware State Bar Association during the 2013-2014 term and Vice Chair from 2012-2013. She remains active in the DSBA Family Law Section. In 2011, Kara completed an intensive professional training program in the art of family law advocacy at the National Institute for Trial Advocacy’s Family Law Advocacy Institute.

Since 2014, Kara has been selected by Super Lawyers as a Rising Star in Delaware Family Law. Her work also contributed to Bayard’s designation as a Metro tier 1 Best Law Firm in Delaware for Family Law by U.S. News - Best Lawyers in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. Kara was named in Delaware Today’s Top Lawyers 2015, 2016 and 2017 editions as a top Delaware family law attorney. Kara is AV Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell.*

Kara currently serves on the Board of Directors for Delaware Volunteer Legal Services, an organization that provides quality pro bono legal services to indigent Delawareans. She also volunteers for DVLS, the Domestic Violence Advocacy Program, the Limited Legal Assistance Program, the Federal Re-entry Legal Assistance Program, and the Office of the Child Advocate. In October 2017, Kara was recognized by the Delaware State Bar Association and awarded the Christopher W. White Distinguished Access to Justice Commitment Award for her dedication to pro bono work in the state of Delaware. In December 2017, Kara received the Delaware State Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Distinguished Service Award for her leadership and service to the cause of good citizenship. Kara served as an attorney coach for the St. Mark’s High School Mock Trial Team and participated as a scoring judge in the National Mock Trial Championship held in Wilmington, Delaware in May 2008, and served as a scoring judge for the state competition.

Kara joined Bayard in 2007 after earning her J.D. and M.B.A. from Villanova University. She is admitted to practice law in Delaware and Pennsylvania. During law school, Kara was a Research Assistant to Professor Ann Carey Juliano.

*AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and the Judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories: legal ability and general ethical standards.

News

Kara Swasey Participates in Governor’s Roundtable

Bayard Attorneys Receive Recognition at Federal Re-Entry Court Ceremony

Kara Swasey to Speak at 2018 Bench and Bar Conference

Kara Swasey Featured in Super Lawyers Magazine for Pro Bono Work

Twelve Bayard Attorneys Named to 2018 Delaware Super Lawyers List

Publications

A Profile in Balance: Kara Swasey

The Journal of the Delaware State Bar Association, Volume 39, Number 10 (May 2016).

Why a Handshake Might Not Be Enough for Members of Delaware Limited Liability Companies

Delaware Corporate, Vol. 23, No. 9 (November 17, 2008).

Areas of Practice (9)

  • Family Law
  • Divorce
  • Child Custody
  • Visitation Rights
  • Marital Property Distribution
  • Spousal Support
  • Child Support
  • Termination of Parental Rights
  • Business Litigation

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
(302) 429-4259  Phone
(302) 658-6395  Fax
www.bayardlaw.com
University Attended:
University of Delaware, B.S., 2004; Villanova University, M.B.A., 2007
Law School Attended:
Villanova University, J.D., 2007
Year of First Admission:
2008
Admission:
2008, Delaware; 2008, Pennsylvania
Memberships:

Membership

•American Bar Association
•Delaware State Bar Association (Family Law Section and Employment Law Section)
•Melson-Arsht Inn of Court
•Pennsylvania Bar Association

Birth Information:
Amherst, New York, 1982
ISLN:
919743500
Payment Information:
  • Credit cards accepted
  • Accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover

Peer Reviews

  • 4.8/5.0 (14 reviews)
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  • Legal Experience

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  • 5.0/5.0 Rated by a Partner on 09/13/16 in Family Law

    Kara is an outstanding attorney. I recommend her to family and friends because I trust they will be in good hands.

    Kara is an outstanding attorney. I recommend her to family and friends because I trust they will be in good hands. Read less

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  • 5.0/5.0 Rated by a Partner on 09/09/16 in Family Law

    I am continuously impressed with her skill and knowledge. Although she has many fewer years in practice than I do, I would not hesitate to seek her advice in a case. She is very dedicated to her clients also.

    I am continuously impressed with her skill and knowledge. Although she has many fewer years in practice than I do, I would not hesitate to seek her advice in a case. She is very dedicated to her clients also. Read less

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