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Karla J. Aghedo

Senior Associate
Houston

Karla J. Aghedo

Relying on her creativity and client focus, Karla J. Aghedo develops innovative solutions to the challenges facing clients in complex criminal investigations and litigation. Karla advises clients on criminal and civil investigations, with a focus on investigations prompted by the Department of Justice and other federal agencies.

As a former state prosecutor, Karla brings her trial experience to bear in strategizing from the government's point of view to defend individuals and companies. Focusing on how the case would be presented to a jury from the earliest stages of an investigation, Karla dives into the facts with an eye for how each fits into the larger picture.

Karla has advised clients on criminal matters related to Medicare fraud, pharmaceutical promotional claims, medical device sales compliance, as well as mortgage servicing regulations, tax fraud, and election law. She is experienced in electronic discovery and all stages of criminal and civil litigation, from indictment or complaint to trial proceedings.

Believing that the stakes of a criminal investigation strike at the heart of the freedoms our justice system is designed to protect, Karla brings equal commitment to pro bono advocacy tackling juvenile justice issues.

Before joining Hogan Lovells, Karla gained valuable experience as an Assistant District Attorney with the Anderson County District Attorney's office in East Texas, where she handled felony and misdemeanor cases, from presenting to grand jury to serving as lead counsel for jury trial, in addition to managing the civil asset forfeiture docket. During law school, Karla won the Bracewell Best Oralist Award for her first-year oral argument and participated in the Thurgood Marshall Mock Trial Competition for three years, securing a team Mid-Atlantic Regional Championship and First Runner-up for the National Best Advocate individual award.

Representative experience

Representation of a physician through investigation, indictment, jury trial, and successful judgment of acquittal on allegations of Medicare fraud for unnecessary procedures.

Representation of a global pharmaceutical company investigated for alleged misbranding.

Representation of a company CEO for alleged tax fraud, including successful no-time-served resolution.

Representation of a drug-testing laboratory in civil action involving cross-claims of false advertising based on violations of Medicare statutes and regulations.

Representation of an inmate serving juvenile life without parole in a habeas corpus petition challenging the sentence under the Eighth Amendment.

Representation of an organization submitting an amicus brief in support of a municipal ordinance involving the Second Amendment.

Education and admissions

Education

  • J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, 2010
  • B.A., Phi Beta Kappa, Iowa State University, 2005
  • B.S., with distinction, Iowa State University, 2005

Memberships

  • Member, Litigation Section, American Bar Association
  • Member, National Association of Women Lawyers
  • Member, Texas Younger Lawyers Association
  • Member, Young Lawyers Division, American Bar Association

Bar admissions and qualifications

  • Texas
  • District of Columbia

Court admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Columbia
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