Member Spotlight - Kara DiBiasio

March 24, 2021
Written by: Kara DiBiasio
Kara DiBiasio
Burke, Williams & Sorensen LLP
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Professional Background:
I am a civil litigator specializing in all manner of disputes that involve real estate. I help clients who are involved in a lawsuit, or who are facing a dispute that could lead to a lawsuit. I have represented clients in litigation involving business disputes over real property assets, disputes over purchase and sale agreements and disclosures, breach of CC&Rs, and disputes over access and easement rights. Navigating litigation can be overwhelming for many, and I enjoy helping guide my clients through the process with thoughtful and strategic planning. I develop a strategy and build a case to help my clients achieve the results they need to get back to focusing on their business. I am also an adjunct professor at UC Davis School of Law. I teach a practical skills course for first year law students that focuses on negotiations, client counseling, and effective verbal communication.

CREW SF Background:
I joined CREW SF in 2017 and started out as a member in Rising Leaders. As a member of Rising Leaders, I oversaw the coffee talks program and really enjoyed the organic conversations about career and professional development inspired by those events. I then served as the Vice Chair of Rising Leaders in 2019. In 2020, I joined the membership committee, and have really enjoyed virtual Bingo Nights and Zoom Wine Tasting events—they have definitely helped keep me sane while working from home during the pandemic! This year, I will be part of the Governance Committee, and am very excited to help select our future leaders of CREW SF!

1. What advice do you want to give a new CREW SF member?
Take advantage of opportunities to get involved—take on leadership roles if you have time for it. If you don’t have time for a leadership role on a committee, find other ways to get involved and be an active participant, such as taking leadership for planning an event. Getting involved is truly how you get to know people and start building relationships with the amazing women (and men!) of CREW SF! As an equally important second point, I would say get comfortable talking about what you hope to get out of CREW. Speak up, and tell people how you can help them, and how they can help you. We all have professional and personal goals, and one of the great things about CREW is that we can an amazing network of people to help and support one another in reaching our goals.

2. What do you like to do in your spare time?
Eating, cooking, baking, drinking wine—anything that involves food or wine! I miss going out to restaurants, and it will be one of the first things I do when restaurants fully reopen! I also love hiking, yoga, and Peloton workouts. Getting outdoors and staying active keeps me sane, especially in the last year of working from home.