Kara H. Herrnstein

Kara Herrnstein meets the litigation and appellate needs of a wide range of clients, including producers, pipeline companies and industry groups. Throughout her career, she has assisted her clients in their efforts to build Ohio into a major mineral-producing state. She regularly litigates a variety of energy issues, including oil and gas disputes, mineral rights disputes and pipeline infrastructure disputes.

Kara also has a robust general commercial litigation practice, including in the areas of insurance and financial products. She represents clients nationwide in complex commercial litigation at both the trial and appellate level.

Prior to joining the firm, Kara served as a law clerk to the Hon. Alan E. Norris on the United States Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals and as a staff attorney at the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta, Georgia. She also served as a law clerk to the Hon. Michael H. Watson on the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio.

Professional & Community Activities

  • Board Member, Women's Energy Network
  • Member, Bricker & Eckler Diversity & Inclusion Committee
  • Co-Chair, Bricker & Eckler Women in Networking (WIN) group

Presentations & Published Works

  • Speaker, "Unlicensed Landmen and Ethical Issues," Ohio State Bar Association's 2018 Oil and Gas Update, November 2018
  • Speaker, "FERC Pipeline Update," Bricker & Eckler LLP's Energy Exchange: A Statehouse Update, October 19, 2017

Awards & Recognition

  • Rising Star, Ohio Super Lawyers (Business Litigation), 2018


  • The Ohio State University (J.D., magna cum laude, 2011), Order of the Coif; Managing Editor, Ohio State Law Journal; Michael E. Moritz Leadership Award and Leadership Scholarship
  • University of Akron (B.A., summa cum laude, 2008)