Kara K. Ueda is a municipal law partner at Best Best & Krieger LLP where she specializes in conflicts of interest, elections, land use, and the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). She regularly provides ethics training for public officials to comply with AB 1234. Kara also assists public agencies on general plan updates, LAFCO matters, Proposition 218, and Brown Act and Public Records Act compliance. She also negotiates and drafts a variety of agreements, including open space acquisitions and conservation easements. Kara serves as city attorney of Woodland, assistant city attorney to the cities of Davis and Winters, and as general counsel to El Dorado County LAFCO and Murphys Sanitary District.
In addition, Kara routinely litigates CEQA, land use and elections cases in state and federal courts. She has successfully defended public agencies in these types of cases as well as in redevelopment, municipal finance and affordable housing cases.
Kara is a member of the Municipal Law Handbook Committees of the League of California Cities City Attorneys’ Department and a member of an ad hoc committee updating the League of California Cities’ “Providing Conflict of Interest Advice” publication. She is a fellow in Class XVII of the American Leadership Forum – Mountain Valley Chapter. She previously served as a liaison to the LCC’s Environmental Quality Policy Committee, as a representative from the City Attorneys’ Department to the Administrative Services Policy Committee, and on the FPPC Committee of the City Attorneys’ Department. Kara is a past president and board member of the UC Davis School of Law Alumni Association and the past president and board member of the Asian/Pacific Bar Association of Sacramento. She is a former member of the Milton L. Schwartz/David F. Levi American Inn of Court and Women Lawyers of Sacramento. She previously worked as a staff attorney for the League of California Cities and served as a Senate fellow at the State Capitol.
From 2012 to 2014, Kara was recognized by her peers as a Northern California Rising Star for state, local and municipal law in Northern California Super Lawyers Magazine. She was named by the Sacramento Business Journal as a 40 under 40 award winner in 2011. She is also an adjunct professor, teaching local government law at University of California, Davis School of Law.