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Kara Thorvaldsen is a seasoned commercial litigator, representing clients from pre-suit investigation through the exhaustion of appeals. Her primary areas of focus are professional liability, intellectual property, class action defense, insurance coverage and all types of appeals. Kara has a strong record of success in defending professionals, including attorneys, real estate agents and brokers, and insurance agents and brokers, and company directors, officers and trustees, and in many cases has obtained summary judgments or voluntary dismissals for her clients. In addition, Kara has defended trademark, copyright and unfair competition claims in the federal courts of Massachusetts and Rhode Island. A polished and passionate oral advocate, Kara has broad experience arguing appeals, including in the Rhode Island Supreme Court and First Circuit Court of Appeals.

Attorneys are accustomed to being called “ambulance chasers” or “sharks,” always interested in increasing their fees. Even if a lawyer reduces a bill for an unhappy client, that conduct may backfire if the client isn’t satisfied with the reduction. The attorney cannot later renege on the gratuitous fee discount or reduction, no matter what the reason. In a March 3, 2017, ruling, the Massachusetts Appeals Court − the commonwealth’s intermediate appellate court − held that a voluntary “professional courtesy credit” issued unconditionally to a client cannot be rescinded by a law firm when the client fails to timely pay its reduced bill. It just wouldn’t be “fair.”

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