As an associate attorney at Motley Rice, Ms. Van Dorn researched legal issues that are critical in securities fraud, defective medical devices, and asbestos litigation.
Our commitment to securing justice and providing the best representation possible is reflected in a commitment to diversity within our own firm. At Sanford Heisler Sharp, LLP, we know better than to think the best attorneys look alike, sound alike, think alike, or live alike. What matters is talent, and we hire the best talent available.
As a result, our team more accurately mirrors America. Women, minority, and/or openly gay lawyers make up the majority of our staff. A passion for social justice unites our team - we all work to use the power of law to help create and enforce a more just society.
Cara Van Dorn is an Associate in the San Diego office of Sanford Heisler Sharp, LLP, a national law firm with offices in the District of Columbia, New York, California, Tennessee, and Maryland. She received her J.D. cum laude from the Wake Forest School of Law and her B.A. from the University of North Carolina.
Before joining the firm in January 2018, Ms. Van Dorn worked at Motley Rice in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, as both an associate attorney and a summer clerk. While at Motley Rice, she worked on securities fraud and tobacco litigation and assisted in appeals before the Fourth and Eleventh Circuit Courts of Appeals.
Ms. Van Dorn also previously served as a summer clerk in the Consumer Protection and Financial Fraud division of the North Carolina Attorney General Office. While in law school, Ms. Van Dorn authored two articles published in the Wake Forest Journal of Business & Intellectual Property, conducted legal research for professors Alan Palmiter and Jonathan Cardi, and worked in the Elder Law Clinic.
- J.D., Wake Forest University School of Law, 2017, cum laude
- B.A., University of North Carolina, 2008
- California, 2018
- South Carolina, 2017
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