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Kara E. Casteel

Kara E. Casteel


Kara is a Partner at ASK LLP. Kara represents trustees, committees, and debtors in possession in preference analysis and litigation of avoidance actions.


University of Minnesota Law School (J.D. 2008); University of Wisconsin (B.A., 2005).


Kara is admitted to practice law in the State of Minnesota, the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

Kara is a member of the Minnesota State Bar Association, the International Woman’s Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation (IWIRC ), the American Bankruptcy Institute, and the Turnaround Management Association (TMA). In 2013, Kara helped found and was co-chair of the Minnesota chapter of the International Women’s Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation (IWIRC).

Practice Areas:

Bankruptcy, Creditors’ Rights and Litigation.

Kara has successfully litigated preference and fraudulent transfer matters in multiple jurisdictions, including the Bankruptcy Courts for the District of Delaware, Southern District of New York, Northern District of Texas, Western District of Texas, and the Southern District of Indiana. Representative matters include the prosecution of avoidance actions in large bankruptcies such as Quebecor World (USA), WP Steel Venture LLC, NewPage Corporation, RS Legacy Corporation fka RadioShack, and hhgregg, Inc.

Prior to joining ASK LLP, Kara was a law clerk to the Honorable Casey Christian and Honorable Joseph Bueltel in the Third Judicial District of Minnesota. Before her judicial clerkship, Kara clerked for the Office of the Minnesota Attorney General.


ABI Winter Leadership Conference, December, 2018

Sharpening the Tools in Your Mediation Toolkit

American Bankruptcy Institute – Ethics and Professional Compensation Committee Journal, May 2015
Are Attorneys’ Fees Incurred in Defending Preference Action Recoverable Against the Estate? One Court Says “Yes”

33 ABI JOURNAL 3, March, 2014

Critical-Vendor Creditors May Now Double-Dip on New Value

31 ABI JOURNAL 8, September, 2012

Preference Period Transfers Must Be Compared When Debtor Was Healthy

31 ABI JOURNAL 2, p. 42, March, 2012

Friedman’s Improperly Adds Requirement that New-Value Analysis Closes at Petition Date

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