Adriana Cara

Adriana Cara

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Employment & Labor Attorney in Los Angeles, CA

FisherBroyles LLP
 | 5670 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 1800
Los Angeles, CA 90036
Phone: 866-211-5914
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2017 - 2018
Licensed Since: 2002
Practice Areas:
  • Employment & Labor: Employer (60%),
  • Employment Litigation: Defense (40%)
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • Spanish
Attorney Profile

Ms. Cara’s practice focuses on labor and employment law. She both advises management on federal and state employment law compliance and defends employers against claims brought against them for wrongful discharge, discrimination, sexual harassment, retaliation, and wage and hour disputes. In addition, Ms. Cara assists employers with the preparation and implementation of employment policies and contracts, such as employee handbooks, arbitration agreements and severance and compensation agreements.

Ms. Cara has significant experience conducting sexual harassment training, as well as workplace investigations on behalf of employers in connection with allegations of discrimination and harassment.

It is also Ms. Cara’s great privilege to serve as an instructor at the USD Paralegal Program. As a proud alumni of this Program, Ms. Cara takes her role as an educator very seriously given the impact her position has on the professional development of her students. Ms. Cara recognizes that she may very well be the first individual to introduce her pupils to the legal industry and its mechanics, which may affect their ultimate decision to pursue a career as either legal assistants or (as in her case), attorneys.

Ms. Cara is also honored to serve as a columnist for the Daily Transcript, sharing her legal views of the latest developments in federal and California labor and employment law.

About Adriana Cara

Admitted: 2002, California

Professional Webpage: https://www.fisherbroyles.com/adriana-cara/

Honors/Awards:

  • 2017 Nominee for San Diego Magazine's "Woman of the Year" - This recognition is bestowed on San Diego's most inspiring female leaders, movers, shakers, and entrepreneurs in the following categories: Industry Leaders, Nonprofit Visionaries, Rising Stars, and Military Service.  The Woman of the Year is selected from among the nominees.
  • 2017 Top Attorney: SD Metro Magazine - A recognition bestowed on individuals recognized as one of the best attorneys in San Diego.
  • 2017 Influential Women: San Diego Daily Transcript - Recognizes women who have impacted their company, industry, and community; women who are paving the way for future generations and making life better, not only for women, but for men, too.
  • 2016 Finalist: San Diego Business Journal Women Who Mean Business Awards - Honors exceptional women who have made a difference in San Diego's business, cultural, and civil scene.
  • 2015 Finalist: San Diego Business Journal Women Who Mean Business Awards - Honors exceptional women who have made a difference in San Diego's business, cultural, and civil scene.
  • 2015 San Diego Daily Transcript Top Attorneys Semi-Finalist - The Transcript conducts a peer voting process to determine the best lawyers in private, corporate, academic and government practice in San Diego County in key categories. The categories have been selected to represent the main areas of law practiced in San Diego County. The top 25 nominated attorneys in each of the categories are considered semi-finalists.  Ms. Cara was a semi-finalist in the Labor & Employment Law category.
  • 2015 SD Metro Movers to Watch - The SD Metro Movers to Watch designation is awarded to men and women who have made outstanding contributions to their professions and who are poised to add to their achievements in 2015.
  • 2015 SD Metro: Women Who Impact San Diego - This distinction was awarded to 19 women in San Diego who have made outstanding professional contributions to the community.
  • 2015 Union Tribune: People Who Define San Diego County - This one-on-one profile appears in the "People" section of the Union Tribune, and features persons that the Union Tribune believes define San Diego County.

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Barrister of The Honorable Fiorenzo V. Lopardo American Inns of Court Member of the San Diego County Bar Association Member of Lawyers Club of San Diego (Women’s Diversity Taskforce Committee) Member of the California State Bar Labor & Employment Law Section Member of the Association of Workplace Investigators San Diego La Raza Lawyers Association

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • 2015 SD Metro Magazine (Co-Author) - Empowering Women of Color to Blaze Their Own Trails in the Legal Profession: This article discusses the challenges faced by minorities and female attorneys in the legal profession.
  • 2016 Daily Transcript: Fate of Class Action Waivers in California:  This article discusses the viability of class action waivers in employment contracts, particularly in arbitration agreements.
  • 2015 San Diego Daily Transcript (Co-Author)- Not So Fast…Banner Health Systems is Still the Writing on the Wall for All Employers: This article summarizes the impact of the US Supreme Court's decision in NLRB v. Noel Canning on workplace investigations generally.

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • In 2014, Adriana Cara opened one of the only female- and minority-owned law firms in California.  She was a shareholder of Cara & Garland, APLC, and practiced with her African-American partner, Meagan E. Garland. In the Fall of 2015, Ms. Cara was selected to serve as an instructor at the USD Paralegal Program. As a proud alumni of this Program, Ms. Cara takes her role as an educator very seriously given the impact her position has on the professional development of her students. Ms. Cara recognizes that she may very well be the first individual to introduce her pupils to the legal industry and its mechanics, which may affect their ultimate decision to pursue a career as either legal assistants or (as in her case), attorneys. Ms. Cara is currently a partner at Dinsmore & Shohl LLP in San Diego.  When Ms. Cara was approached by Dinsmore & Shohl to head its Labor and Employment Practice in San Diego, she was humbled to learn that she would become its first female Latina partner., 2014

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Educational Background:

  • Loyola Law School of Los Angeles, Juris Doctor, 2002
  • UCSD, Revelle College - Bachelor of Arts, English and American Literature, 1992
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Office Location for Adriana Cara

5670 Wilshire Blvd
Suite 1800
Los Angeles, CA 90036

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Last Updated: 5/23/2019

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