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Kara M. Borden

Fax +1.503.248.9085
Kara Borden is an associate in the firm’s Portland office. She is a member of the commercial disputes group and her practice focuses primarily on complex commercial litigation. Ms. Borden has experience litigating cases in state and federal courts and has represented clients in employment, breach of contract, intellectual property, torts, securities fraud, unfair competition, and false advertising matters.

Professional Background

Prior to joining K&L Gates, Ms. Borden was an associate at Quinn Emanuel’s Los Angeles office.

From 2011 to 2012, Ms. Borden was a member of the adjunct faculty at the UCLA School of Law where she taught the Tribal Appellate Court Clinic. While in law school, she externed for the Honorable Steven V. Wilson of the United States District Court for the Central District of California.

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Oregon Women Lawyers
  • Represented global smartphone manufacturer in multibillion-dollar patent litigation that resulted in jury award of less than 5.5% of the amount plaintiff sought. Subsequently was part of the team that obtained complete reversal of the verdict against defendant in the Federal Circuit.
  • Represented water wholesaler against water retailer in breach of contract case where plaintiff sought in excess of $150 million in damages.
  • Represented investors in residential mortgage-backed securities fraud case alleging hundreds of millions of dollars in damages.
  • Represented global smartphone manufacturer in multibillion-dollar patent and trade dress litigation.
  • Represented health and life insurance companies in civil enforcement action alleging unfair competition and false advertising law claims.
  • Represented investment management firm in employment action against former employees that resulted in a jury verdict finding defendants liable for theft of trade secrets, breach of fiduciary duty, and interference with contractual relations. The jury verdict also found no liability on an individual defendant’s $500 million breach of contract cross-claim.