Kara Tappan

Senior Associate

Office:  703.687.6188 ext. 141

Email:   ktappan@thegellerlawgroup.com

Kara Tappan is a Senior Associate with the firm whose practice focuses primarily on Business Services and Civil Litigation. Prior to joining The Geller Law Group, Kara's practice focused on the business needs of community association clients. Her work with those clients helped her become what she likes to think of as a generalist with broad knowledge of many areas of the law including contract drafting, negotiation and litigation, real estate and zoning matters, debt collection, corporate formation and governance, foreclosure, and bankruptcy. Kara enjoys counseling small business clients and others on all of their business and legal needs. 


Kara graduated magna cum laude from The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law where she was a teaching assistant in Civil Procedure and a Note and Comment Editor for the school's flagship journal, The Catholic University Law Review. During law school, Kara was awarded a highly competitive fellowship by the Ms. JD organization, whose mission is to elevate and promote women in the legal profession. Following law school, Kara completed a one-year clerkship on the District of Columbia Court of Appeals. 


Kara is a native of Northern Virginia. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Communication from George Mason University and now enjoys her role as an Adjunct Professor in GMU's Criminology, Law and Society Program where she teaches courses to both undergraduate and graduate students in the areas of criminal law and procedure, civil rights and liberties, and ethics. 


Outside of work, Kara is a single mother to two active, athletic, and brilliant school-aged daughters who keep her very busy. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, cooking, listening to podcasts, and hosting family get-togethers at her home in Great Falls, VA. 

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  • Virginia

  • DC

  • Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, 2015, J.D., magna cum laude

  • George Mason University, 2007, B.A.