Cara has practiced family law in the Bay Area exclusively for over fifteen years and is a Certified Family Law Specialist. She represents clients in all aspects of divorce including property characterization and division, support, and child custody and visitation issues. She has extensive experience in resolving complex cases high assets cases involving business characterization and apportionment, royalties, premarital and marital agreements, high earner and high standard of living child and spousal support, venture capital, and equity compensation. Cara represents a broad array of clients including professionals, stay-at-home parents, professional athletes and musicians, venture capitalists, corporate executives, business owners, and beneficiaries of substantial family wealth.
Additionally, Cara has specialized expertise in complex custody disputes involving Custody Evaluations, high conflict co-parenting, parental relocation, estrangement and alienation, mental health issues, domestic abuse, and substance abuse and has successfully resolved several high conflict custody cases both in and out of court. Given her substantial experience in working with families in transition, she is uniquely positioned to guide her clients from a place of instability to one marked by sensible, lasting, child-centered resolutions.
Cara understands that divorce is an intensely emotional and personal experience that can have an immeasurable impact on the families involved. She approaches every matter with a high level of compassion, discretion, integrity, and professionalism. She works closely with her clients and advisors to tailor a case strategy that meets the client’s objectives. She is skilled in resolving matters both collaboratively and in contested proceedings, both in public court and through private adjudication. Cara additionally consults with clients engaged in the mediation process.
When she is not in the office, Cara enjoys travel, skiing, SCUBA, volunteering, and community activism.
JD,U.C. Hastings College of the Law (2001)
Chair, Women Lawyers Committee of SCCBA (2007-2010)
Chair, Budget Committee for Family Law Section of Santa Clara County Bar Association (“SCCBA”) (2008-2010)
Board of Trustees, SCCBA (2007-2010)
Member, Bar Associations for San Francisco, Marin, San Mateo, and Santa Clara.
She supports clients with a network of resources that include forensic accountants, investment advisors, corporate counsel, equity compensation experts and psychologists who specialize in the financial foundations and practices fueling Silicon Valley.