Kara K. Ueda

Partner

Tel: (916) 551-2822

Location(s)

At a Glance

Kara advises municipal clients in conflicts of interest, elections, land use and CEQA matters.
 
She demonstrates measurable success in defending redevelopment, municipal finance and affordable housing cases.
 
Kara is an adjunct professor, teaching local government law at University of California, Davis School of Law.

Kara K. Ueda handles conflicts of interest, elections, land use and California Environmental Quality Act matters for municipal clients. As a partner in Best Best & Krieger LLP’s Municipal Law practice group, Kara regularly provides ethics training for public officials to comply with AB 1234.
 
Kara assists public agencies with general plan updates, Local Agency Formation Commission 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 to the City 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 League of California Cities City Attorneys’ Department ad hoc committee updating the League of California Cities’ Providing Conflict of Interest Advice publication. Kara has maintained active involvement with the LCC for years in various capacities, including as staff attorney. She also served as Senate fellow at the State Capitol. Kara is an adjunct professor, teaching local government law at University of California, Davis School of Law. Kara is admitted to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California and the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. She is licensed to practice law in the State of California.

 

Education

  • University of California School of Law, Davis, J.D.
  • University of California, Davis, B.S.
 


Awards

  • Sacramento Magazine Top Lawyers, State, Local & Municipal, 2015
  • Super Lawyers Top Women Attorneys in Northern California, 2014
  • Sacramento Business Journal Best of the Bar, 2014-2015
  • Super Lawyers Northern California Rising Star, 2012-2014
  • Sacramento Business Journal 40 Under 40, 2011
  • League of California Cities City Attorneys’ Department ad hoc committee
  • American Leadership Forum – Mountain Valley Chapter, Class XVII senior fellow
  • League of California Cities’ Municipal Law Handbook Committee, former member
  • League of California Cities’ Environmental Quality Policy Committee, former liaison
  • League of California Cities City Attorneys’ Department, former representative to the Administrative Services Policy Committee
  • League of California Cities City Attorneys’ Department FPPC Committee
  • University of California, Davis School of Law Alumni Association, past president and current Board member
  •  Asian/Pacific Bar Association of Sacramento, past president and current Board member
  • Milton L. Schwartz/David F. Levi American Inn of Court, former member
  • Women Lawyers of Sacramento, former member
Uncertainty of Legislative Earmarks Not Enough to Deem Mitigation Infeasible
Legal Alerts Aug 7, 2015

Uncertainty of Legislative Earmarks Not Enough to Deem Mitigation Infeasible

California Supreme Court Takes on CEQA Issue in State College Expansion Project

  • “Best Practices For Compliance With SB 751,” BB&K Legal Alert, Jan. 29, 2014
  • “New Laws Affecting Public Agencies in California,” Riverside Press-Enterprise, Nov. 25, 2013
  • “New Law Requires Public Report on Action and Vote of Each Member in Open Sessions,” BB&K Legal Alert, Nov. 25, 2013
  • “FPPC to Establish Electronic Filing and Public Disclosure System for Statements of Economic Interests,” BB&K Legal Alert, Oct. 14, 2013
  • “New California Law Authorizes FPPC to Provide Advice or Opinions, Investigate and Enforce Violations of Government Code Section 1090,” BB&K Legal Alert, Oct. 10, 2013
Event Dec 15, 2016

Promoting Personal and Organizational Ethics

California Association of Clerks & Election Officials

BB&K Partner Kara Ueda Among 2016 Sacramento Business Journal’s Best of the Bar
Press Releases Aug 31, 2016

BB&K Partner Kara Ueda Among 2016 Sacramento Business Journal’s Best of the Bar

This is Her Third Consecutive Year on the List

Press Releases Aug 3, 2016

Sacramento Magazine Recognizes BB&K Partners

The Annual Top Lawyers List Includes Five Firm Attorneys

Event Apr 21, 2016

Law Enforcement Trends and Legal Updates Under the California Public Records Act

County Counsels Association's Sheriffs' Workgroup Spring 2016 Conference

Event Mar 31, 2016

How New Laws Affect LAFCo Clerks

CALAFCO Staff Workshop

Kara Ueda: UC Davis School of Law Alum of the Month
BB&K In the News Jan 11, 2016

Kara Ueda: UC Davis School of Law Alum of the Month

BB&K Partner Kara Ueda, of the University of California, Davis School of Law Class of 2000, Is Profiled by the School

Sacramento Business Journal Names Five BB&K Attorneys to 2015 Best of the Bar List
Press Releases Aug 28, 2015

Sacramento Business Journal Names Five BB&K Attorneys to 2015 Best of the Bar List

Congratulations to Each of These Attorneys for Their Recognition

Press Releases Aug 3, 2015

Seven BB&K Attorneys Appear on Sacramento Magazine’s 2015 Top Lawyers List

Voted the Best in Their Fields by Their Peers

Event Apr 9, 2015

Webinar: Best Practices in Agenda Preparation and Minutes

California Special Districts Association

Event Dec 4, 2014

Initiatives and Referendums

League of California Cities City Clerks New Law & Elections Seminar

Event Sep 25, 2014

A Reception for New Lawyers & Students Pursuing Public Service Careers

State Bar of California Public Law Section

BB&K Partner Named to Sacramento Business Journal’s Best of the Bar 2014 List
Press Releases Sep 2, 2014

BB&K Partner Named to Sacramento Business Journal’s Best of the Bar 2014 List

Join Us in Congratulating Best Best & Krieger Partner Kara Ueda, Who Was Selected by the Sacramento Business Journal for Inclusion on the Best of the Bar 2014 List

Event Aug 20, 2014

Ethics Training for State and Local Officials

California Association of Sanitation Agencies

Press Releases Jul 4, 2014

BB&K Attorneys Recognized as 2014 Northern California Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

Congratulations to These Attorneys