Kara Gibney is counsel in Mayer Brown’s litigation group, and a member of the telecommunications subgroup.  Her practice focuses primarily on telecommunications, utilities and regulatory litigation.  Kara has significant experience in state regulatory proceedings and state and federal court cases at both trial and appellate levels across the nation in matters relating to the Telecommunications Act of 1996.  In the area of telecommunications, Kara has experience in state commission arbitrations and in Section 251/252 and Section 271 proceedings before the FCC and in related state and federal court litigation. 

Kara joined Mayer Brown in 1998, following two years of practice with the Iowa Department of Justice.  After law school graduation she served as a judicial clerk in 1995-96 with the Iowa Court of Appeals, for the Honorable Judge Hayden and Judge Streit.

Spoken Languages

  • English


  • Regulated Industries: Regulatory counsel for telecommunications companies in a variety of proceedings before state and federal regulatory agencies. 
  • Mergers, Acquisitions and Takeovers: Counsel for Ameritech Corporation and SBC Communications in state regulatory approvals of SBC/Ameritech, SBC/AT&T, and AT&T/BellSouth mergers.
  • Pole Attachment: Counsel for telecommunications company in proceeding against electric utility regarding pole attachments and the use of pole space.
  • Carroll v. Yates, Docket No. 01-2931, US Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals (2004).  In this pro bono prison disciplinary matter, Kara won a reversal by successfully arguing that her client’s failure to appear in person before the prison review board did not mean that he had failed to exhaust all administrative remedies in pursing his grievance.


Coe College, BA, magna cum laude

Drake University Law School, JD, with honors


  • Illinois
  • Iowa


  • US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit