Cara is an Associate at McCarter & English, LLP, and focuses her practice on government contracts and regulations. She counsels her clients regarding compliance with federal, state, and local public procurement requirements. She also assists in litigation involving bid protests, claims, and other disputes before federal agencies, courts and the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO). Prior to joining McCarter, Cara worked for multiple U.S. Department of Defense agencies, where she gained experience with the FAR and DFARS. Cara has extensive experience litigating claims under the Contract Disputes Act (CDA) before the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals (ASBCA), and interfacing with the Department of Justice in connection with complex litigation before the Court of Federal Claims and various U.S. District Courts. She also has experience litigating issues regarding cost allowability, allocability and reasonableness, the Cost Accounting Standards (CAS), responses to contracting officer final decisions (COFDs), design-build construction contracts, requests for equitable adjustments, differing site conditions, delay claims, various programs administered by the Small Business Administration (SBA), contract terminations for default and convenience, and advising on prime contract and subcontract terms and conditions. Cara received both her BA and JD from the University of Michigan.