Kara M. Addelman

BOARD OF DIRECTORS: Immediate Past President

PHONE: 716-853-3801 (office)

              716-907-3214 (cell)
E-MAIL: Kara Addelman

KARA M. ADDELMAN, Immediate Past President, is a Partner at Kenney Shelton Liptak Nowak LLP. She handles all aspects of litigated matters, from pre-suit discovery through post-trial appeals, in both New York State and Federal Courts. She concentrates her practice in professional liability, medical and dental malpractice defense, municipal and police liability, sports and recreation law, and personal injury. She represents individuals, professionals, local and national businesses, hospitals, and municipalities. Kara frequently handles appeals and complex motions in high exposure matters. She also counsels clients regarding strategies to limit future exposure.  

Kara has served WBASNY WNY in many capacities, including terms as Treasurer, Secretary, Awards Committee Chair, Finance Committee Chair, and Membership Committee Chair.  She has also served several terms representing WNY as a member of the State Board of Directors. In addition to her activities with the WBASNY WNY, she is a member of the New York State Bar Association, the Bar Association of Erie County, the Western New York Trial Lawyers Association, and the Buffalo Law School Alumni Association. 

Kara has been honored to be named to Top Women in Law 2018 by The Daily Record and as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers magazine in 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, and 2013.

Kara also enjoys giving back to the community. She has provided pro bono representation for indigent clients in a variety of matters.  She has served as a mentor for a college student through the Buffalo Urban League and Buffalo Renaissance Foundation, and for a high school student through the Williamsville Public Schools.


Kara received her B.A., summa cum laude, from the State University of New York at Buffalo.  Kara went on to earn her J.D. from the University at Buffalo Law School in 2008. While attending law school, she was a Note and Comment Editor for the Buffalo Law Review.  In addition, she spent a semester studying international law in Australia and New Zealand.


A native of Western New York, Kara lives in Amherst with her husband Jesse and their three children.

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