Kara J. Sharkey

Associate Philadelphia
kara.sharkey dbr.com
Phone: (215) 988-2696 (215) 988-2696


Kara J. Sharkey assists her clients in securities law compliance, financing transactions and a variety of other general corporate matters.

Prior to joining the firm, Kara worked as a corporate associate at a New York City-based law firm where she worked on securities offerings, private fund formation and financing transactions. During law school, she served as a judicial intern to the Hon. Michael M. Baylson, U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.


  • Represents a publicly traded lifestyle merchandising retailer with respect to ongoing SEC reporting obligations.
  • Represented Hamilton Lane Incorporated (NASDAQ: HLNE), an alternative investment management firm, in its $203 million initial public offering.
  • Represented the borrower in connection with a $40,000,000 senior secured revolving credit facility and $65,000,000 senior secured term loan facility.
  • Represented private equity funds in connection with secondary purchase and transfer of limited partnership interests.


Barenkopf Scholar, University of Pennsylvania Law School
Pro Bono Outstanding Leadership Award, University of Pennsylvania Law School

Awards Methodology (www.drinkerbiddle.com/content/awards)


Bar Admissions

  • New York
  • Pennsylvania


  • University of Pennsylvania Law School, J.D., 2013, magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, University of Pennsylvania Law Review – Senior Editor
  • Gettysburg College, B.A., 2008, summa cum laude

Kara's Areas of Focus