Kara Herrnstein is an experienced energy attorney focusing on facilitating renewable generation in Ohio. She provides legal assistance and problem-solving to developers at every stage of their projects, from land access to permitting to operation. Her practice also includes litigation on behalf of a variety of energy companies including producers and midstream companies. In everything, she is passionate about helping her clients build Ohio into a major energy-producing state.

Prior to joining the firm, Kara served as a law clerk to the Hon. Alan E. Norris on the United States Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals and as a staff attorney at the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Atlanta, Georgia. She also served as a law clerk to the Hon. Michael H. Watson on the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio.


The Ohio State University, J.D., magna cum laude (2011)
Order of the Coif; Managing Editor, Ohio State Law Journal; Michael E. Moritz Leadership Award and Leadership Scholarship

University of Akron, B.A., summa cum laude (2008)


Listed, LawDragon – Top 500 Energy Attorneys in America (2023)

Listed, The Best Lawyers in America® – Commercia Litigation (2021–2023)

Leadership Class, The Institute for Energy Law (IEL) (2020)

Rising Star, Super Lawyers®, part of Thomson Reuters®  Ohio, Business Ligitation (2018, 2020–2021)

Professional Activities

Board of Trustees Member, Energy & Mineral Law Foundation

Officer, Institute for Energy Law's Alternative and Renewable Energy Practice Committee

Board Member, Women's Energy Network

Member, Bricker Graydon Diversity & Inclusion Committee

Co-Chair, Bricker Graydon Women in Networking (WIN) group


Defended a national consumer lending institution in response to consumer class action lawsuits

Defended a power and electric company in response to CERCLA contribution lawsuits


Presentations & Publications

Additional Items

Speaker, "CCUS Litigation Risks," Institute for Energy Law's Energy Litigation Conference. Houston, Texas (2023)

Speaker, "From Community-Building to Buy-In: Before and During Project Development," Women in Renewable Industries and Sustainable Energy (WRISE) Annual Leadership Forum. Minneapolis (2023)

Chair, "CCUS Workshop," Energy and Mineral Law Foundation (2023)

Speaker, "Sharing the Surface: Legal and Practical Challenges of Co-locating Energy Assets," 14th Annual Appalachian Energy Conference. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (2023)

Speaker, "Introduction to Carbon Capture Storage in Ohio," 38th Annual Ohio Environment, Energy and Resources Law Institute. Columbus, Ohio (2023)

Speaker, "Power from Above and Below: The Accommodation Doctrine and Solar Development," The Foundation for Natural Resources and Energy Law's 68th Annual Natural Resources and Energy Law Institute. Vail, Colorado (2023)

Speaker, "Siting Solar in Coal Country," Energy and Mineral Law Foundation's Fall Symposium. Lexington, Kentucky (2022) 

Speaker, "Siting Solar Projects in Appalachia," Energy and Mineral Law Foundation's Solar Institute. Lexington, Kentucky (2022) 

Co-Chair, "The Renewable Energy Workshop," Institute for Energy Law (2021) 

Speaker, "Utility Scale Solar Development," Ohio State Bar Association. Columbus, Ohio (2021) 

Speaker, "Pitfalls in the Green Transition," Institute for Energy Law Young Energy Professional Conference. Austin, Texas (2021) 

Speaker, "What Oil & Gas Taught Us About Renewables," Energy and Mineral Law Foundation Fall Symposium. Lexington, Kentucky (2021)

Speaker, "A Greener Shale Patch," Law of Shale Plays Conference, Institute for Energy Law (2021)

Speaker, "Let the Sun Shine in Ohio," Women's Energy Network (WEN). Ohio (2021)

Speaker, "Title Issues in the Plays," Law of Shale Plays Conference, Institute for Energy Law (2020)

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Kara Herrnstein

  • 100 South Third Street
    Columbus, OH 43215 -4291


  • Commonwealth of Kentucky (2023)
  • State of Texas
  • State of Ohio (2011)
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