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.
During her time in law school, Ms. Martin worked as a law clerk for the San Francisco firm, Renne Sloan Holtzman Sakai during the summer of 2008. She also volunteered with the AIDS Legal Referral Panel as a student attorney during the summer of 2007, representing low-income clients with HIV/AIDS in the San Francisco community.
Prior to attending law school, Ms. Martin spent more than five years in government working for the American Heart Association as their Director of Advocacy lobbying the Utah Legislature for health related bills and resolutions, for the State of Utah, and for the Salt Lake County Council as an appointed Council Aide. She gained experience with Utah Open Meetings Act, GRAMA, legislative committees and meetings and the various mandates imposed on our legislators and elected officials.
Ms. Martin is admitted and licensed to practice law in the states of Kansas and Utah.
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.
She graduated with her Masters of Arts in Government and Political Management from Regent University in 2005. She attended the University of Utah where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in 1999. During her time at the University of Utah she was an officer in the Golden Key National Honor Society, a regular volunteer with the Lowell Bennion Community Service Center, and an intern in Washington DC with Representative Enid Greene through the Hinckley Institute of Politics.
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.
Ms. Martin is active in her church community. She helps organize volunteer events and activities along with helping with education of the women’s group in her congregation.
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.
PUBLICATIONS AND SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS
- Co-Author: Alternatives to the Traditional Franchise Model: Yellow Brick Road or Perilous Path? The Franchise Lawyer, Vol. 16, No.2
- Presenter and paper, Utah Bar Spring Convention, March 2013, “How to Avoid Creating an Inadvertent Franchise or Business Opportunity.”
- Presenter, Weber County Bar Association, January 2013, “Fundamentals of Franchise Law.”
- Presenter and paper, Utah Bar Business Law Section, December 2012, “New FTC Rules: How They Can Create an Inadvertent Franchise.”
- Presenter and paper, Utah Bar Franchise Law Section, November 2011, “Creating and Implementing E-Disclosure in Franchise Systems.”
- Co-Author: Franchising Fundamentals, Legal Brief, Utah Business Magazine, July 2010.
- Author: Licensing Your IP: When Should You Consider It? Lawyer Monthly Magazine, May 2019, Page 41.
- 2017 CV Magazine Attorney of the Year, Utah
- Excellence in Civil Litigation, Golden Gate University School of Law (2009)
- CALI Award, Federal Income Taxation (2008)
- CALI Award, Writing and Research II (2007)
Kara lives in Olathe, Kansas and enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, exploring the outdoors, traveling, skiing and taking in a great book.