Hometown: Tyler, TX
high school: John Tyler
college: Iowa State University
MAJOR: Business Management
GRAD. PROGRAM: University of Virginia School of Law (2010, JD)
Karla J. Aghedo is a practicing attorney in the Washington, DC office of the international corporate law firm, Hogan Lovells US LLP. She focuses her practice on criminal and complex civil litigation with a particular focus on white collar criminal defense and false advertising in the health care sector.
Born in Kansas and raised in Oklahoma and Texas, Karla claims both her Midwestern and Southern roots. During high school at John Tyler High School in Tyler, Texas, Karla was elected Class President, played the cello in the orchestra, and was a member of the Debate Team. After graduating as the Salutatorian, Karla attended Iowa State University where she won five Outstanding Attorney awards during her 4-year participation with the Iowa State Mock Trial Team, served as an advisor to the President’s Leadership Class, co-founded an organization called the got ignorance? Campaign Network, and wrote a column for the Iowa State Daily newspaper during her senior year.
In May 2005, Karla graduated Phi Beta Kappa and with Distinction from Iowa State with a Bachelor of Science in Sociology and a Bachelor of Arts in History, with minors in French and Political Science. After graduation she served as the Interim Executive Director of the YWCA of Ames-ISU in Ames, Iowa during the summer of 2005. Later that year, Karla began a year-long Research Fellowship with the Council on African American Affairs in Washington, D.C., followed by an internship with the Ron Brown Scholar Program in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Karla started law school at the University of Virginia School of Law in the fall of 2007, where she helped her Black Law Students Association (BLSA) mock trial team secure the title of Mid-Atlantic Regional Champions and received the Bracewell Best Oralist Award for her first-year appellate oral argument. During law school, she served as President of Women of Color and as a member of the Editorial and Article Review Boards of the Virginia Journal of Social Policy and the Law. Upon graduation from law school in May 2010, Karla received the National Association of Women Lawyers Award, which is awarded each year to an outstanding woman in the graduating class.
Prior to joining Hogan Lovells, Karla served as an Assistant District Attorney with the Anderson County Criminal District Attorney in Palestine, Texas, where she assisted with felony and misdemeanor prosecutions and managed civil asset forfeiture cases.
Formerly named Karla Hardy, she is married to Osaren Aghedo of Benin City, Nigeria.