Kara Hadican Samuels

Kara Hadican Samuels

New Orleans, Louisiana

Kara Hadican Samuels is a member of the New Orleans Bar Association, the Jefferson Bar Association, the Louisiana State Bar Association, the Federal Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the American Association for Justice, and the Louisiana Association for Justice (LAJ), and currently serves on the Board of Governors of LAJ. She has also served as the past chair of the Women’s Caucus of LAJ, as well as the Friends Committee Co-Chair of the National Association of Women Judges (2013 National Convention). In 2012, she was appointed by Governor Jindal to serve on the Louisiana Medical Disclosure Panel as a representative of LAJ and rolled off of the board of the Young Lawyers’ Division of the New Orleans Chapter of the Federal Bar Association.

Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Kara moved to the New Orleans area to receive her undergraduate education at Loyola University New Orleans, where she obtained a B.A. in Drama and Speech, cum laude. Kara joined Gainsburgh, Benjamin, David, Meunier & Warshauer, L.L.C. as an associate attorney after graduating from Loyola University School of Law, cum laude, and became a member of Gainsburgh in 2010. In 2011, she began her own private practice. 

While in law school, Kara was a member of Loyola Law Review and Loyola Moot Court and upon graduation, received honors as a William L. Crowe, Sr. Scholar. In 2005, she was the recipient of a Gillis Long Poverty Law Center Award for her work in the Loyola Law Clinic, having successfully won a Post-Conviction Relief Hearing on constitutional law grounds while she was a third- year student.

Kara focuses her practice on assisting victims of products liability and medical malpractice, automobile and trucking collisions, discrimination, and maritime personal injury. She also represents insureds in coverage disputes, works on the plaintiffs' side of complex litigation cases, and maintains an appellate practice. Kara's practice additionally includes the handling of the Enterobacter sakazakii ("E. sak") infant formula contamination cases. She has been appointed by the courts as class counsel in two matters: the Ochsner embryo litigation (concerning the mishandling and mislabeling of human embryos that occurred at Ochsner Fertility Clinic) and the Tulane Endoscope litigation (concerning the hospital’s failure to disinfect properly its endoscopic devices prior to patients’ procedures). She additionally works with the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action center in prosecuting housing discrimination matters.

Kara is married to Mark Samuels, owner and founder of the New Orleans' based record label, Basin Street Records, and lives in a rebuilt home with her husband, her son, Conor, and three step-children, Geoffrey, Eric, and Naomi.

Areas of Practice

  • Personal Injury
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Product Liability

Bar Admissions

  • Louisiana
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Louisiana


  • Loyola University New Orleans School of Law, New Orleans, Louisiana
    • J.D.
  • Loyola University, New Orleans, Louisiana
    • B.A.

Published Works

  • State v. Sylvia: How Possession of Drug Paraphernalia Containing Invisible Trace Amounts of Drug Residue Secures a Louisiana Prosecutor's Case for Possession of Narcotics, 50 Loy. L. Rev. 287, 2004

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • New Orleans Bar Association
  • Jefferson Bar Association
  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • American Association for Justice
  • Louisiana Association for Justice (LAJ)