Kara Schoonover is an associate in the business law department of Foley & Lardner LLP. *Kara is admitted only in Maryland. She is practicing under the supervision of a member of the D.C. Bar.

Previously, Kara served as a summer associate in the firm’s Washington, D.C., office where she worked directly with partners in business, litigation, FDA, government contracting, and health care groups. In this role, she conducted legal research on compliance issues, including accidental and intentional adulteration for food companies, poison packing prevention for drug companies, and international regulations compliance for cosmetic and telemedicine companies. Additionally, she also analyzed burdens for False Claims Act cases, reviewed standards of operating procedures for health care facilities, and consolidated recent Office of the Inspector General opinions.

Kara’s prior experience also includes clerking for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General (HHS-OIG) as well as an internship at the U.S. Attorney’s Office Western District of Missouri. While clerking at the HHS-OIG, Kara worked extensively on exclusion appeals, self-disclosures, corporate integrity agreements, and reportable events.


  • Georgetown University (J.D., cum laude, 2019)
    • Executive Editor, Food and Drug Law Institute’s Food and Drug Law Journal
    • Contracts Tutor
    • Member, Health Law Society
    • Resident Fellow
  • Saint Louis University (B.S., summa cum laude, 2016)
    • Member, Alpha Delta Pi
    • President, National Residence Hall Honorary


Kara has been a member of the American Health Lawyers Association since 2016 and is part of the leadership development program working with the Tax & Finance Practice Group within this association.

Pro Bono Service

Kara has participated in pro bono work at Foley & Lardner LLP by researching and drafting green card applications as well as estate planning documents. Additionally, she spent a week participating in pro bono work in the criminal law division of the Legal Aid and Defenders Association in Detroit, Michigan; while there, she researched and drafted a memorandum on first amendment free speech and developed exhibits for a week-long attempted murder trial. 


  • Contributor, "Key Takeaways from USDA's Interim Hemp Production Rule," Foley Insights (November 1, 2019)


  • *Kara is admitted only in Maryland. She is practicing under the supervision of a member of the D.C. Bar.