Kara L. Thompson is a strategic,
team-oriented professional with more than 16 years of experience
in legal advocacy, workforce management, public and community
relations. Kara has a passion for interacting with people from
all walks of life and has created Kara Thompson Enterprises to
create a business that capitalizes on her superior interpersonal
skills and talent for connecting people and problem solving.
Prior to launching Kara Thompson Enterprises,
Kara was an employment law attorney in Ogletree Deakins’ Atlanta
office. Before joining Ogletree Deakins, Kara practiced in
the Atlanta offices of Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker and
Jones Day. Kara is a graduate of the Georgetown University Law
Center and Purdue University.
Kara’s experience includes representing and counseling both
large and small employers in all facets of employment law,
including discrimination, harassment, retaliation, discipline,
terminations, wage and hour, and Sarbanes-Oxley Act matters. She
also assists employers with state and federal employment law
compliance and in drafting employment policies and procedures.
Before attending law school, Kara worked for six years
as a public relations professional for Spelman College,
JacksonHeath Public Relations, and the American Red Cross. As
a public relations professional, Kara created comprehensive
public relations programs, successfully pitched numerous stories
to the media, wrote press releases,
collateral, newsletter and magazine articles, created and
managed special events, and organized community relations
activities for various organizations.
Kara is very active in the
community and has a passion for philanthropic endeavors.
Currently, she serves on the board of directors for Dress for
Success Atlanta, the National Black MBA Association Atlanta
Chapter and the Georgia Association of Black Women Attorneys (“GABWA”).
Additionally, Kara is a member of Women’s Legacy Council of the
United Way of Metropolitan Atlanta, the Atlanta Women’s
Foundation Destiny Fund Class of 2009, The Girl Friends, Inc.,
The Buckhead Cascade Chapter of The Links, Inc., and Alpha Kappa
Alpha Sorority, Inc. Kara has served on the boards
of the Juvenile Justice Fund, Camp Fire USA Georgia Council,
and the Samuel L. Jones Boys and Girls Club and is a graduate of
the United Way’s Volunteer Involvement Program. Kara is also a
member of the American Bar Association, Atlanta Bar Association,
National Bar Association and the Gate City Bar Association, and
served on the planning committee for the National Bar
Association’s convention that was held in Atlanta in July of
2007. Kara is also the founder of a dinner club in
Atlanta that was featured in the June 2007 issue of Essence