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Karla J. Aghedo

Senior Associate
Washington, D.C.

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 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 and managed the civil asset forfeiture docket.


Education and admissions


  • 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


  • 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
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