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