Kari ParksAssociate

Andrew G. Russell

Kari first- and second-chairs federal trials, appeals, arbitrations, enforcement actions, and mediations arising out of brokerage, investor, issuer, partnership, and other commercial relationships. Along with more typical contract and investment disputes, Kari has particularly focused on attacking governmental and regulatory overreach in defending against criminal and enforcement actions. No matter the problem, Kari focuses on strategically, aggressively telling her clients’ stories to secure success.

Kari earned her undergraduate degree from the University of California, San Diego and her law degree from Northwestern University School of Law, where she interned with the Center for Criminal Defense, competed on the Jessup International Moot Court and Vis International Arbitration teams, was a Senior Editor of the Journal of International Law and Business, and served on the Miner Moot Court Board and as Co-President of the Asian Pacific American Law Student Association.

Prior to joining the Firm, Kari practiced at litigation boutiques and Linklaters, where she received the firm’s Community Investment Award. She currently serves with Legal Outreach, California YMCA Youth & Government, and St. Bart’s Church.

Kari is admitted to practice in New York and before the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, as well as the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. In 2021 and 2022, Super Lawyers Magazine named her a “Rising Star” in New York Metro General and Securities Litigation, respectively.


  • Tel (212) 269-1400
  • Fax (212) 809-4147
  • Email kparks@gusraekaplan.com | Vcard

Practice Areas


  • J.D., Northwestern University School of Law – Concentrations in Appellate Law and Civil Litigation, 2013
  • B.A., University of California, San Diego – Political Science, Minor in Music, 2007


  • New York
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of New York


  • Asian American Bar Association of New York
  • National Asian Pacific American Bar Association