Ms. Martin currently practices law as a partner and shareholder with The Franchise & Business Law Group, a Salt Lake City, Utah-based law firm. Her practice is based out of the Kansas City, Kansas metro area office.
Ms. Martin has gained vast experience in helping new and existing companies distribute their products and services through franchising, licensing and other methods of distribution.
Assisting startup companies and entrepreneurs along with mid-size and growing companies is the focus of her legal practice. Working in a small but specialized law firm allows Ms. Martin to provide top rate legal services that are found in the largest law firms, but in a client-focused and more personal and cost-effective manner.
She prides herself in understanding client needs and in helping plan and carry out their franchise and business systems in a way that meets their needs and correctly represents their brand.
Along with her experience with franchising, licensing and corporate law, Ms. Martin heads the law firm’s trademark and copyright section. Protecting the valuable intellectual property of a business is a hallmark of her practice.
Kara Martin received her Juris Doctor degree, with honors, in 2009 from Golden Gate University School of Law in San Francisco, California. During law school she was awarded the Excellence in Civil Litigation award, was on the Dean’s List, and received the Cali Award for Federal Income Taxation, and Writing and Research II.
She was also president & magister for two years of Phi Delta Phi, a national legal honor society, on the board of the Women’s Law Association, and a member of the J. Reuben Clark Law Society.
Ms. Martin is a member of the American Bar Association, and is active with the ABA Forum on Franchising. In addition, Ms. Martin is a member of the Utah Bar, and has served on a number of section committees, including serving as the Chair of the Utah Bar Franchise Law Section for both the 2014-2015 and 2013-2014 year, the Vice Chair for the 2012-2013 year; and a 2013 Utah Bar Spring Convention Committee Member. In addition, Ms. Martin has volunteered as a Utah Mock Trial Judge and has supported legal education in the community.
In 2010, Ms. Martin spent two weeks in Croix des Bouquets, Haiti in helping with the cleanup and rebuilding of the community following the earthquake. During her time in Haiti she also spent time helping in orphanages and was able to take and give out over 120 handmade dolls to the orphans. Ms. Martin has served on the Board of Directors for Odyssey Dance Theatre. She has also served on a number of political committees.
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