Jara’s practice focuses on regulatory counseling and litigation defense of food, beverage, and pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers. An agriculturalist by nature, Jara’s hands-on food production background allows her to uniquely apply practical experience and understanding to legal and compliance issues facing food and animal health businesses.

Jara’s regulatory practice takes a proactive and holistic approach. She counsels clients through FDA and USDA label reviews and updates, new ingredient submissions, the generation of employee training documents and consumer communications, and the procedures necessary to initiate market withdrawals. She also has particular knowledge and training in food safety and processes. She is certified as a Preventative Controls Qualified Individual (PCQI) under the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) and has received training in development and implementation of Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP) systems.

Because she is also a litigator, Jara looks at food and labeling matters not only through the lens of compliance but also with an eye toward mitigating litigation risk while still preserving brand image and consumer goodwill. She has a strong interest in understanding the business decisions necessary for her clients to remain competitive in the marketplace while still responsibly complying with regulatory requirements. Jara has also developed a specialty in the context of animal feed and pet food products from an AAFCO and state regulatory standpoint and is actively engaged in the defense of large-scale consumer class actions.

Jara grew up on a ranch where she raised and exhibited purebred Angus and Maine-Anjou cattle. She holds an associate’s degree in agricultural business from Butler Community College and a bachelor of science in agriculture from Kansas State University. She competitively judged livestock on the collegiate level and continues to judge livestock shows while being heavily involved in the beef and sheep industries. She enjoys mentoring 4H and FFA members, is a certified guardian ad litem, and is active in the firm’s pro bono practice.

Publications and Presentations

Food Safety Modernization Act, Federal Regulation of Food Safety LL.M. Class, University of Arkansas School of Law, April 21, 2016.

Greg Wu & Jara Settles, Game Plan: Litigation Preparation and Strategy, Grocery Manufacturers Association Legal Conference, Rancho Mirage, California, February 2016.

James Muehlberger & Jara Settles, “Natural” Class Action Consumer Litigation, Agricultural Business Council of Kansas City Legal Update, January 21, 2016.

Panel Moderator, Business of Agriculture in Kansas City, American Royal Boots and Business, September 16, 2015.

Rikin Mehta, Madeleine McDonough & Jara Settles, Chapter 10: Khasin v. Hershey Co., Top 20 Food and Drug Cases, 2014 and Cases to Watch, 2015.

Ann P. Havelka & Jara Settles, For High Court, 2 Scoops of Raisins In This Case, Law360, May 8, 2015.

James Muehlberger & Jara Settles, Move Over Caveat Emptor, Meet Caveat Venditor, Law360, January 2, 2015 

Ann P. Havelka & Jara Settles, FDA Warning Isn't Enough Proof For Takings Claim, Law360, October 17, 2014.