Kari is a partner in the Vorys Cleveland office and currently serves as a member and co-chair of the firm’s bankruptcy and creditors’ rights practice group.  Kari has extensive experience representing financial institutions and other secured lenders, unsecured creditors, trustees, debtors, and committees in chapter 11 and 7 bankruptcy cases, and in related litigation on a national basis.  Kari also regularly represents clients in loan restructurings and workouts and other creditors’ rights matters including receiverships, foreclosures, and dissolution proceedings. 

Kari is also a member of the firm’s finance practice group where she negotiates and structures intercreditor and subordination agreements for the firm’s lending clients.  Kari has served as a Chapter 7 Panel Bankruptcy Trustee for the Northern District of Ohio since 2017. 

Kari received her J.D. summa cum laude from the Cleveland State University College of Law, where she was the managing editor of the Cleveland State Law Review.  She received her B.A. cum laude from Cleveland State University. 

Honors & Recognitions

The Best Lawyers in America, Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law, 2019-2024; Commercial Litigation, 2018-2024

Crain's Cleveland Business "Notable Women in Law," 2024

Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Stars, Bankruptcy, 2019-2022

Professional & Community Activities

Northern District of Ohio, Chapter 7 Panel Bankruptcy Trustee, 2017 to present

American Bankruptcy Institute, Past Member

National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees, Past Member

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Cleveland State University College of Law, summa cum laude, J.D., 2006

Cleveland State Law Review, Managing Editor, 2005-2006; Outstanding Note Award, 2005

Cleveland State University, B.A., cum laude, 2003

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Ohio
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
  • Admitted to practice law only in the states listed above.

Judicial Clerkships

  • The Honorable Arthur I. Harris, United States Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Ohio, 2006-2008
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