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Kara M. Cormier

Associate

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+1.617.348.1658

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Kara’s practice primarily focuses on complex commercial litigation and includes a wide range of civil disputes involving breach of commercial contracts, class actions, trademark infringement, counterfeiting, unfair competition, and various other state and federal laws in both state and federal courts. Kara works at both the trial and appellate levels and has represented a wide range of clients, including those from the accounting, health care, pharmaceutical, higher education, insurance, service, and manufacturing (e.g. surgical devices, celebrity fragrances, sports apparel, and auto parts) industries.

Kara is skilled in many aspects of litigation, including researching and analyzing complex legal issues, drafting motions and appellate briefs, taking and defending depositions, preparing witnesses for depositions, and participating in trials. She has also served as an assistant district attorney in a pro bono capacity for Nassau County (NY) and has represented the City of New York as pro bono trial counsel.

Prior to joining Mintz, Kara worked as a litigation associate in the New York office of a prominent law firm.

Education

  • Georgetown University Law Center (JD)
  • New York University (MPhil, Economics)
  • Northeastern University (BS)

Experience

  • Defended a metropolitan transportation authority in putative class action brought under the Fair and Accurate Credit Transactions Act and successfully argued for and obtained a full dismissal of the action
  • Defended a broadcast and wireless tower owner and operator in an action brought by a purported broker of deal for towers; drafted a successful summary judgment motion disposing of alleged broker’s claims for nearly $20 million dollars and obtaining instead attorneys’ fees for our client
  • Represented the inventor and manufacturer of a novel diamond currency product in a dispute with a former employee who sought to violate a restrictive covenant and misappropriate the company’s intellectual property through trial and settlement
  • Defended a large auto parts manufacturer in numerous toxic suits in New York State; drafted motions in limine under evolving toxic tort expert requirements and obtained summary judgement or favorable settlements
  • Defended CEO of a large scale communications service in a breach of contract action; drafted and argued a motion for summary judgment and obtained dismissal 
  • Represented the City of New York as lead pro-bono trial counsel in a slip-and-fall action
  • Defended a racing association accused of negligence through trial and settlement
  • Represented uniform manufacturer and servicer in multiple breach of contract matters throughout the Northeast region
  • Represented Nassau County as an assistant district attorney serving in a pro-bono capacity in upholding felony conviction following felon’s appeal to the Second Department (NY)
  • Defended a health and beauty product retailer in an action brought by a supplier alleging non-payment for goods sold
  • Represented a commercial equipment manufacturer in an action for breach of contract and account stated 
  • Defended a NY hospital accused of employment discrimination; drafted a successful motion for summary judgment resulting in the case being dismissed
  • Defended a health and beauty product wholesaler in a case brought by its business associates seeking to enforce agreement to agree involving a $5 million celebrity fragrance venture; drafted motion for summary judgment that resulted in dismissal of the action
  • Defended a medical device manufacturer sued by a competitor alleging false advertising and deceptive trade practices; drafted a motion to dismiss resulting in dismissal of the action on jurisdictional grounds
  • Defended a home health care services provider accused of unfair competition and tortious interference; drafted a motion to dismiss resulting in three out of four claims being dismissed
  • Defended a money remittance system provider in a trade secret misappropriation action; drafted a motion to dismiss that dispensed with two of four claims
     

Recognition & Awards

  • Massachusetts Super Lawyers: Rising Star - Business Litigation (2017 – 2020)
  • New York Super Lawyers: Rising Star - Business Litigation (2015 – 2016)

Viewpoints

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Monthly TCPA Digest — August 2020

August 18, 2020 | Article | By Joshua Briones, Russell Fox, Kara M. Cormier, Elana R. Safner

Mintz’s August TCPA Digest covers the 6th Circuit's holding on the definition of an ATDS under the TCPA and the FCC’s clarification of its ruling that TCPA’s emergency purposes exception applies to communications about COVID-19.
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Read about the 6th Circuit's decision to side with the 9th and 2nd Circuits in holding that devices that merely store and dial telephone numbers are automatic telephone dialing systems under the TCPA.
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Regulatory Update for NFA and FINRA Member Firms — COVID-19

March 18, 2020 | Alert | By Therese Doherty, Kara M. Cormier, Jason Burrell

This alert from the Mintz Financial Services Practice reviews the recent relief and guidance provided for NFA and FINRA member firms related to challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Monthly TCPA Digest – September 2019

September 18, 2019 | Article

This issue covers recent TCPA-related activity at the FCC, a new partnership between attorneys general and major phone carriers, and the 11th Circuit’s Salcedo decision.
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The Eleventh Circuit Departs from the Ninth Circuit in Holding That the Receipt of One Text Message Does Not Convey Article III Standing
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