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 has extensive experience working as city attorney or assistant city attorney.
 
Kara is an adjunct professor, teaching local government law at University of California, Davis School of Law.

Kara K. Ueda is a partner in Best Best & Krieger LLP’s Municipal Law practice group. She has served as city attorney or assistant city attorney to a number of California municipalities. Kara is a trusted advisor and litigator on a variety of issues cities regularly confront, including drafting and updating local laws, board governance, ethics, and environmental regulations regarding development and conservation.
 
Municipal Law Experience
Kara is city attorney for the City of Woodland, a position she’s held since 2013. She previously served as city attorney for the City of Rio Vista. She was the assistant city attorney for the cities of Davis, Marysville, Paso Robles and Winters. Kara also serves as general counsel for the El Dorado County LAFCO and Murphys Sanitary District, and has done so since 2013.
 
Kara provides a wide range of services to public agencies, including assisting with crafting ordinances, drafting resolutions, providing advice on land use matters, helping clients navigate the Fair Political Practices Commission’s conflict of interest laws and other regulations, and writing conflict of interest opinions. She also regularly provides advice and counsel on elections, including initiative, referenda and city-sponsored ballot measures and assists clients with legal challenges under the California Voting Rights Act, and through the process of converting from at-large to by-district or by-division elections. Kara regularly provides ethics training for public officials to comply with AB 1234. She also regularly provides advice and counsel on California Environmental Quality Act matters, including reviewing environmental documents, assisting with determining CEQA compliance and reviewing findings for adoption.
 
Kara also negotiates and drafts a variety of agreements, including purchase and sale agreements consultant contracts, open space acquisitions and conservation easements. She has guided municipal clients through contentious Proposition 218 rate-setting processes for sewer and water rate increases and is working on a large general plan update for a city client. Kara routinely provides advice and training on the Public Records Act and the Brown Act, with a particular focus on email and social media. Kara is admitted to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California and the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. She is admitted to practice law in the State of California.
 
Municipal Litigation
Kara litigates in both state and federal courts. Her recent matters include:

  • Representing the City of Hayward in a CEQA case in the First District Court of Appeal against the California State University Board of Trustees.
  • Representing the Mills-Peninsula Health Care District in a case alleging violations of a ground lease and special election campaign expenditures. (Peninsula Guardians, Inc. v. Peninsula Health Care District, 168 Cal. App. 4th 75 (2008)).
  • Successfully represented the City of Paso Robles in a CEQA case brought against the City over the preparation of a mitigated declaration. The case resulted in a dismissal and a denial of an award of attorneys’ fees to the petitioner.
  • Prevailed on a motion for summary adjudication on legal issues involving a Section 8 Housing Choice voucher contractual dispute. (Redevelopment Agency of the City of Roseville v. Maidu Village III, LP).


Experience and Background
Prior to joining BB&K, Kara practiced at the law firm of McDonough Holland & Allen PC. She began her legal career at the League of California Cities as a fellow, and became the deputy general counsel. Even after entering private practice, Kara remained active with the LCC, having served on the LCC City Attorneys’ Department ad hoc committee that recently updated a publication entitled “Providing Conflict of Interest Advice.” Additionally, Kara has served on the LCC City Attorneys’ Department FPPC Committee, on the Municipal Law Handbook Committee and on the LCC Environmental Quality and Administrative Services Policy committees.
 
Kara is an adjunct law professor, teaching local government law at the University of California, Davis School of Law, where she is also a frequent guest lecturer and volunteer. 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

  • Northern California Super Lawyers, 2017
  • Sacramento Magazine Top Lawyers, State, Local & Municipal, 2015-2016
  • Sacramento Business Journal Best of the Bar, 2014-2016
  • Super Lawyers Top Women Attorneys in Northern California, 2014
  • Super Lawyers Northern California Rising Star, 2012-2014
  • Sacramento Business Journal 40 Under 40, 2011
  • Sacramento County Bar Association
  • State Bar of California Public Law Section
  • American Leadership Forum Senior Fellow
  • 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
Northern California Super Lawyers and Rising Stars 2017
Press Releases Jul 7, 2017

Northern California Super Lawyers and Rising Stars 2017

Congratulations to the Nine BB&K Attorneys on this Year’s Lists

Event Jun 26, 2017

When LAFCO Opinions Collide

Exploring the Unique Perspectives of LAFCO Commissioners, Legal Counsel and Staff

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