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Cara Townsend

Cara Townsend began her career as a public defender in Central Oregon and the San Francisco Bay area. Throughout her decade working in indigent defense, she established her versatility in courtroom advocacy, marked by a robust portfolio of jury trials, appeals, administrative hearings, and intricate and novel motion practice. With an unwavering commitment to legal excellence, Ms. Townsend has garnered a reputation for her adeptness in navigating complex legal landscapes.

In 2021, Ms. Townsend embarked on a new chapter by joining Potter Handy, representing Plaintiffs in ADA suits across California. Her transition also heralded her leadership of the Fertility Tort team within the firm, where she demonstrates a blend of strategic acumen and compassionate advocacy. Beyond her responsibilities at Potter Handy, Ms. Townsend extends her legal acumen to counsel a municipal animal welfare organization, underscoring her commitment to societal welfare and ethical legal practice.

A stalwart member of the California legal community, Ms. Townsend is admitted to practice in all state and federal courts in the region. Her academic journey, culminating in a J.D. from the University of Oregon School of Law and a B.A. from Vassar College, underscores her dedication to scholarly rigor and intellectual growth. With her multifaceted expertise, Ms. Townsend continues to exemplify a steadfast commitment to legal integrity and advocacy, both within the courtroom and in service to broader societal causes.