Kari Parks

Kari Parks is a trial lawyer experienced in complex commercial litigation, financial regulatory disputes, and employment matters. She has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in state and federal courts and arbitration, including defending multinational corporations and senior executives against fraud and antitrust suits, as well as prosecuting contract, fiduciary duty and ERISA claims on behalf of sophisticated entrepreneurs and private companies. Kari also advises clients on employment issues and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and Office of Foreign Assets Control compliance and investigations.

Kari’s public interest work includes numerous Criminal Justice Act defense matters in the Southern District of New York, the District of Columbia, and the Eastern District of Virginia, as well as asylum applications for Salvadoran teenagers fleeing gang violence. Kari also serves as a Legal Outreach mentor, Nouveau Classical Project board member, California YMCA Youth & Government Sustaining Campaign volunteer, and National Asian Pacific American Bar Association Women’s Leadership Network Ambassador.

Before joining Paduano & Weintraub, Kari interned at Northwestern Law’s Center for Criminal Defense and practiced at a litigation boutique and Linklaters, where she received the firm’s Community Investment Award.


  • New York, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York


  • Northwestern University School of Law

    Juris Doctor, Concentrations in Appellate Law and Civil Litigation, May 2013

    • Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Team (Midwest Super Regional Semi-Finalist)

    • Julius H. Miner Moot Court (Operations Co-Chair; Two-Time Preliminary Round Best Speaker)

    • Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Team (Loyola Pre-Moot Champion)

    • Journal of International Law and Business Senior Editor

    • Asian Pacific American Law Student Association Co-President

    • Center for International Human Rights Access to Health Project, Ethiopia Student Representative

  • University of California, San Diego

    Bachelor of Arts in Political Science with a minor in Music, June 2007