Adriana began her legal career as early as 1993, when she graduated from the University of San Diego Paralegal Program with Honors. After working as a paralegal for six years, she decided to take her career a step further by becoming an attorney; Adriana’s goal since enrolling in law school was to become an employment lawyer. While in law school, Adriana served as the Chief Articles Editor for the Loyola of Los Angeles International and Comparative Law Review (2001 – 2002), and received the highest grade in several of her classes, including for Legal Research and Writing. Adriana graduated from Loyola Law School of Los Angeles in 2002, and was offered a position as an associate attorney that same year at a prestigious Los Angeles firm specializing in labor and employment law.

Adriana is passionate about the law, her practice, and her clients. What makes her stand out among her peers is the fact that she loves what she does, and she excels at it. Adriana recognizes that each of her clients trust her to navigate them through the circuitous terrain of California’s labor and employment law landscape, and she has risen to the challenge again and again. She has successfully rep...

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  • Presentations & Teaching Experience

    USD Paralegal Program, San Diego, CA (September 2015 through March 2018)

  • Publications
    • Adriana Cara has published several articles throughout her legal career. She currently serves as a legal columnist for the San Diego Daily Transcript, and has published several articles therein, including:
    • New Year brings changes to state employment law (Tuesday, February 6, 2018)
    • Small employers face mandated baby bonding leave (Thursday, December 7, 2017)
    • California bans questions about salary history (Thursday, October 19, 2017)
    • Federal court invalidates DOL Overtime Rule (Thursday, September 14, 2017)
    • PAGA ruling a boon for plaintiff employees (Thursday, July 27, 2017)
    • California Supreme Court clarifies ‘day of rest’ (Wednesday, June 21, 2017)
    • Federal court to student athletes: You’re not employees (Wednesday, May 10, 2017)
    • Court rules advance on commission is not rest period pay (Wednesday, March 22, 2017)
    • Franchisors face broader liability in employment lawsuits (Wednesday, February 8, 2017)
    • The fate of class action waivers hangs in the balance (Wednesday, January 4, 2016)



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Loyola Law School of Los Angeles, Juris Doctor, 2002
University of California, San Diego, B.A., English & American Literature, 1992
Lawyer’s Assistant Program Certificate, May 1993 (Honors)

Prior Law Firm Experience

Dinsmore & Shohl, LLP
Atkinson Andelson Loya Ruud & Romo

Practice Areas