Karla Pascarella is a Partner in Peckar & Abramson’s Austin office, where she represents a range of international and domestic corporate clients and construction professionals. Her practice is primarily concentrated on construction law, corporate compliance and governance, and commercial litigation/complex dispute resolution. Fluent in both Spanish and English, she regularly handles multi-cultural transactions and disputes, and assists corporate clients with strategic legal decisions and global business matters.
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“Through excellence, servant leadership, and innovation, P&A maintains its position as the nation’s leading construction law firm. As a new Partner, I aim to expand our capabilities further—particularly in the international arena and renewable energy.”
Prior to joining Peckar & Abramson, Ms. Pascarella served as General Counsel for the North American affiliate of a $2.1 billion international engineering, procurement, and construction company. She routinely counseled senior executives and executive committees on legal strategies and the implementation of key business decisions across the globe. As General Counsel, she handled an impressive range of legal disputes on multiple high-profile projects and oversaw the company’s legal approach for all lines of business, including renewable energy (wind and solar), major infrastructure works, and transmission and distribution.
An adept litigator and negotiator, Ms. Pascarella has successfully handled a diverse range of contract disputes and business-related torts at state and federal court levels. She regularly manages domestic and international transactions and negotiates complex contracts for publicly and privately financed infrastructure projects.
Born in Guatemala and a native Spanish speaker, Ms. Pascarella often serves as the go-to counsel for highly intricate international transactions and legal matters. Her strong negotiating skills and tactful appreciation of diverse cultures allow her to manage and resolve disputes across a range of industries. She has represented Fortune 500 clients in North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) negotiations and served as a Delegate of the American Bar Association’s Section of International Law and Practice, International Legal Exchange Program – Central America Delegation.
Ms. Pascarella is admitted to practice in the State of Texas and is a member of the State Bar. She serves as the current Chair of the International Human Rights Committee of the International Law Section of the State Bar of Texas, as well as the Chair of the Committee for Women in the Profession. She is also a member of the Austin chapter of Women of Renewable Industries and Sustainable Energy (WRISE). She has volunteered as an International Business Program Mentor and Judge with San Antonio’s Free Trade Alliance and has been featured in Texas Super Lawyers, as well as Texas Monthly and Law & Politics Magazine. Ms. Pascarella received her B.B.A. from the University of the Incarnate Word and her J.D. from St. Mary’s University School of Law.
State of Texas
United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas
United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas
United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
United States District Court for the Western District of Texas
American Bar Association
State Bar of Texas
University of the Incarnate Word, B.B.A.
St. Mary’s University School of Law, J.D.
Texas Super Lawyer, Rising Star
Leadership San Antonio, Class XXXI
Texas Monthly and Law & Politics Magazine
Colegio de Abogados y Notarios de Guatemala, Honorary Member