B.S., University of Delaware (2004)
J.D./M.B.A., Villanova University (2007)
American Bar Association
Delaware State Bar Association (Family Law Section and Employment Law Section)
Melson-Arsht Inn of Court
Pennsylvania Bar Association
“Why a Handshake Might Not Be Enough for Members of Delaware Limited Liability Companies,” Delaware Corporate, Vol. 23, No. 9 (November 17, 2008)
Kara M. Swasey is a director at Bayard. She concentrates her practice in the area of family law, including divorce, custody, child support, adoption, guardianship, and protection from abuse. She provides litigation support to Bayard’s bankruptcy, corporate, and commercial law practices. Kara also represents landlords in commercial and residential landlord-tenant matters in Justice of the Peace courts throughout the state of Delaware.
Kara is a member of the Executive Committee of the Melson-Arsht Inn of Court and has twice been nominated by the Melson-Arsht Inn of Court to speak at the new attorney admissions ceremony. She is also a Reporter on the Access to Justice Commission’s Subcommittee on Judicial Branch Coordination in Helping Pro Se Litigants. In 2014 and 2015, Kara was selected by Super Lawyers as a Rising Star in Delaware Family Law. Her work also contributed to Bayard’s designation as a Metro tier 1 Best Law Firm in Delaware for Family Law by U.S. News – Best Lawyers in both 2014 and 2015. Kara was named in Delaware Today’s Top Lawyers 2015 edition as a top Delaware family law attorney. Kara served as Chair of the Family Law Section of the Delaware State Bar Association during the 2013-2014 term and Vice Chair from 2012-2013. She remains active in the DSBA Family Law Section. In 2011, Kara completed an intensive professional training program in the art of family law advocacy at the National Institute for Trial Advocacy’s Family Law Advocacy Institute.
Kara volunteers for Delaware Volunteer Legal Services, the Domestic Violence Advocacy Program, the Federal Re-entry Legal Assistance Program, and the Office of the Child Advocate. Kara served as an attorney coach for the St. Mark’s High School Mock Trial Team and participated as a scoring judge in the National Mock Trial Championship held in Wilmington, Delaware in May 2008, and served as scoring judge for the state competition.
Kara joined Bayard in 2007 after earning her J.D. and M.B.A. from Villanova University. She is admitted to practice law in Delaware and Pennsylvania. During law school, Kara was a Research Assistant to Professor Ann Carey Juliano.