Karla focuses her practice on high-stakes financial services and class action litigation.
She represents financial industry clients in state and federal courts around the country, in all stages of litigation and alternative dispute resolution. She has significant experience representing major financial institutions in matters involving mortgage lending and servicing, allegations of discriminatory lending, exposure relating to the operation of Ponzi schemes, auto lending issues, and securities lending programs and investments losses. Karla also has experience defending financial industry clients from subpoenas arising out of a variety of situations, including the most complex litigation.
Represented a bank client in nationwide class action resulting in denial of class certification of claims arising out of interest payments on FHA-insured mortgages
Advocated successfully to strike the class allegations in multiple matters based on “fail-safe” class definitions
Defended a bank client in a jury trial in federal court arising out of alleged losses in a securities lending program relating to the bankruptcy of Lehman Brothers
Represented multiple major financial institutions in numerous complex actions in state and federal courts relating to securities lending investment programs
Defended multiple bank clients in state and federal courts alleging aiding and abetting and fraudulent transfer claims relating to the operation of Ponzi schemes
Argued successfully at the Pennsylvania Superior Court for financial institution in matter challenging viability of mortgage lien
Defended multiple financial institutions from subpoena inquiries arising out of complex litigation
Drafted a wide variety of settlement papers in a significant number of high stakes matters for financial industry clients
Member, Allegheny County Bar Association