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Kara Hoopis Manosh

About Attorney Kara Hoopis Manosh

I have dedicated my career to defending the rights of the criminally accused. I've  handled thousands of cases, appearing in every courthouse in the State of Rhode Island. I have been nationally trained with The Institute for Criminal Defense Advocacy, The National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, The National Criminal Defense College Trial Practice Institute and The Defender Advocacy Institute. I also have extensive experience with expert witnesses and the presentation (or exclusion) of scientific evidence at trial.

​I received my LL.M in Trial Advocacy Specializing in Federal Criminal Law from the California Western School of Law. I have a "Superb" Avvo Rating of 10.0, and am a member of the Rhode Island Bar Association and the Executive Board of the Rhode Island Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. I was  named a “Top Attorney” by the Who's Who directory and was nationally ranked by the SuperLawyers organization. 

Why Criminal Defense?

I have committed my entire adult life to defending good people facing bad situations.  I have never prosecuted another person or advocated to put someone in prison... and never will. Why? Because when a criminal charge is filed, it feels like nobody listens to the person who was accused and that is unfair.  Sometimes they are innocent, sometimes they deserve a second chance, and sometimes the police or the prosecutors did not play by the rules.  There are problems in the criminal justice system and I am proud to stand next to the good people who are trying to make things better.  My clients deserve respect.  They deserve to have their voices heard.  I am honored to help people put the pieces back together after a serious accusation, and to face the charges with dignity and launch an aggressive and thorough defense. Our relationship isn't done when the case is dismissed or the jury says "not guilty." I tell all of my clients to save my phone number and reach out if they need anything.  It doesn't matter how much time has gone by, I am always available to help my clients... because I want to see people get their lives back after the devastation of a criminal case.  


  • Federal Andrea Taylor Sentencing Advocacy Workshop (March 2021)
  • Federal Criminal Appellate Advocacy, Boston, MA (April 2016)
  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Zealous Advocacy in Sexual Assault & Child Victims Cases,” New Orleans, LA (October 2012)
  • National Criminal Defense College, Macon, Georgia (July 2011)
  • Defender Advocacy Institute, Dayton, Ohio (May 2008)
  • Institute for Criminal Defense Advocacy Trial Skills Academy, San Diego, CA (April 2006)


Assistant Public Defender, Rhode Island Office of the Public Defender

  • Adult Trial Division (January 2007- August 2011)
  • Attorney-in-Charge, Newport County (August 2011- June 2013)
  • Appellate Division (December 2013- September 2014)

Federal Defenders of San Diego, Inc.

  • Extern (2006)

California Innocence Project

  • Case Screening Unit (2005)


  • Rhode Island (2005)
  • Massachusetts (2005)
  • United States District Court for the State of Rhode Island (2016)
  • First Circuit Court of Appeals (2021)


  • First Circuit Court of Appeals, CJA Panel
  • Rhode Island Federal District Court, CJA Panel
  • Rhode Island State Court, Murder Panel
  • Rhode Island State Court, Class One Felony Panel
  • Rhode Island State Court, Class Two Felony Panel
  • Rhode Island State Court Post-Conviction, Murder, Class One and Class Two Panels


California Western School of Law, San Diego, California

  • LL.M. Trial Advocacy Specializing in Federal Criminal Law (April 2006 )

Roger Williams School of Law, Bristol, Rhode Island

  • J.D. (May 2005)

University of Rhode Island

  • ​B.A. (May 2002)


  • Neuropsychology
  • DNA
  • Cell Site Analysis
  • Forensic Pathology
  • Ballistics/Firearms training
  • Arson/Fire Science training
  • Fingerprint Analysis
  • Criminal Street Gangs
  • Reid technique/ Confessions
  • Hasbro Hospital Child Protection Team
  • Shaken Baby Syndrome

Recent Blog Posts


  • My First Call

    Kara is my first call when anything goes wrong.  She is very professional and an amazing person, whose commitment to her clients is like no other.  Her response time, answering the clients questions, and needs is almost immediate.  I would recommend her to anyone.  She fights hard for her clients...
  • Attorney & Advocate

    Sometimes life's circumstances require navigating the particulars of our legal system and that journey is certainly made easier with Manosh Law. Like most, my legal needs required an experienced attorney who understood the details of my case and they related to governing laws. But I also needed a...
  • She'll Get You Through a Hard Time

    Kara is the best.  She guided me the whole way. She is a great lawyer but more a great person. I was a nervous wreck and she promised everything was fine... she was right and successful. I am telling you, call her. Best service possible.  
  • The best.

    I normally don't write reviews but I felt I had to give credit to Kara. Unfortunately she's not the first lawyer I've worked with, but she's the best there is! She worked tirelessly on my case and really knows the law. She was so easy to get in touch with and treated me with respect.
  • Someone you want on your side.

    I called for help with some legal Advice and Kara was so easy to talk to, and answered every question I had. I can't thank her enough. She is someone you want on your side.        
  • Protected my Rights

    I was introduced to Kara after several other firms wouldn't take my case or even return my phone calls. She stood by my side and won the case for me. I am so happy this is behind me now, and would recommend her to anyone.        
  • Highly Recommend

    I was extremely pleased with the results of my case. She was professional, honest and answered all of my questions and phone calls promptly. I recommend this firm to any of my friends or Family who need help.
  • Best trial lawyer.

    I was charged with a rape case and knew I was completely innocent but the DA would not drop the charge.  Kara took my case and we went to trial and won.  She always believed in me and made me feel confident we could beat the case.  She was prepared and asked every question that needed to be asked...
  • Highly Recommend Kara Hoopis Manosh.

    For 23 years I was fighting against the state of Rhode Island to clear my name for charge I was wrongly convicted of and negligence of the attorney I had. For 23 years I was labeled a sex offender for a crime I was not guilty of. For 23 years I pleaded with probation officers and the attorney who...
  • The worlds greatest attorney

    I would and have recommended Kara to others. She has done great thing to help me and would move mountains. She has always answered my calls, gotten the necessary information and will always be truthful, honest and let's not forget kind. She is the best and only attorney you will need when you nee...
  • 5 star recommended

    Kara Manosh is a wonderful attorney, very caring and considerate and very professional.  I highly recommend her. 

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