Kara Pape is a trial lawyer undaunted by any case or lawyer, having experienced a “judicial hellhole” many times in her career.
Ms. Pape has built her career in Los Angeles by BEATING SOME OF THE MOST FAMOUS PLAINTIFF LAWYERS IN THE COUNTRY. Ms. Pape is an experienced first chair trial lawyer who is not afraid to fight for what is right and just, even in the face of the most intimidating lawyers. Ms. Pape is on the frontline of the latest trial techniques used in Los Angeles that are mimicked by plaintiff lawyers around the country. When you need a cutting edge trial lawyer to fight your most hard fought cases, Ms. Pape is your trial lawyer.
Notable Trial Experience:
- Obtained a defense verdict in a two vehicle vs tractor trailer collision resulting in seven fatalities in San Luis Obispo, CA. Liability was disputed as to which vehicles had the right of way at a two-way stop in a rural area. Defendants argued plaintiffs were racing at the time and if traveling at the speed limit would have been able to stop in time to avoid the collision. Plaintiffs burned to death in their vehicles after impact. At the time of the accident, Defendant’s driver was not wearing his glasses which were required for distance.
- Jury returned a verdict of $2.3 million in a case where plaintiff asked for an award of $38-$42 million. Verdict was $30,000 less than what the defense asked the jury to award in opening and nearly $3 million less than the last settlement offer of $5 million. The case settled following verdict with a confidentiality clause for a waiver of plaintiff’s appellate rights and for a late filed loss of consortium claim of the plaintiff’s husband. The case involved a two vehicle admitted liability case with catastrophic orthopedic injuries and alleged CRPS. The file was transferred from two prior defense firms and Kara was retained by the excess carrier to try the case.
- Defense returned a jury verdict in a case stemming from a fire that occurred at a strip mall. The plaintiff filed a subrogation action seeking to recover damages paid out to the property owner and several business owners. The fire was thought to have originated in the unit operated by the insured, a beauty supply company. The origin and cause of the fire was disputed.
- After five days of deliberation, the jury returned a defense verdict in a case Kara was brought in on to try on re-trial. The first trial ended in a mis-trial with jury count in favor of the plaintiff. Plaintiff claimed he sustained catastrophic orthopedic injuries as a result of a two vehicle accident and his vehicle struck a large construction vehicle because defendant did not properly block it off. Plaintiff claimed defendant should have used k-rails or cones to block off the area where defendant was constructing an underground pipeline for the DWP.