by LINDA FRABL | photos by Samantha Gleaton Photography

Inspiring Role Model

faces_cara2Adriana Cara, a San Diego native who resides near Carlsbad’s Carillo Ranch, has been a finalist for the San Diego Business Journal’s “Women Who Mean Business” award for the past two years. Plus, last year she was named one of the Top 25 Labor and Employment law attorneys by the San Diego Daily Transcript, and was featured in the Union Tribune’s “People Who Define San Diego County” section.

Another honor Adriana is proud of is her position as the very first Latina partner at the downtown law firm of Dinsmore & Shohl, LLP. Taking her role model representation seriously, Adriana commented, “My focus is on what this means to other Latina females who have ever questioned their ability to accomplish more than they thought possible. I have the ability to encourage other minorities and females to pursue their dreams of higher education, and it is a humbling and huge responsibility.”

One of the ways Adriana assists women is by lending her supportive guidance to those new to the law profession. She explained, “I make every effort to informally mentor young female associates at my firm, as well as those I’ve had the pleasure to meet through professional events and organizations. I try to impart to those female attorneys beginning their careers that the sky is the limit.”


Name: Adriana Cara
Community: Carlsbad
Family: Husband – Bismarck Cara; Pets – iguana named Bok Choy
Hobbies: Reading, museums, period movies, riding on the back of my husband’s Harley-Davidson, fine dining, and traveling.
Favorite Places in Carlsbad: Flower Fields, Carlsbad Village, and the Forum Shops (of course)


faces_cara3In addition to being a law partner, Adriana also teaches at USD’s Paralegal Program. She emphasized, “My legal career began in that same program. I know that I can have a lasting impact on the course of a student’s career, because the teachers in that program had a huge impact on mine.”

When not working or teaching, Adriana gives back to her community by volunteering. Just this year Adriana participated in the Project Linus Event, where she mentored students on careers in law, and helped make blankets for critically ill children. Adriana also took part in the I Love A Clean San Diego’s Creek to Bay Clean-Up event, where she collected trash and trimmed back overgrown vegetation on the hiking trails at Gonzales Canyon.

When she has some free time, Adriana loves reading historical fiction, watching historical period movies, visiting museums, and going for joy rides on the back of her husband’s Harley-Davidson. As for living in Carlsbad, Adriana admitted, “It is a beautiful respite from the fast-paced nature of downtown.”