Setara has served clients in the legal industry since she was 19 years old, when she started as a paralegal at a small firm in Dallas, Texas. Since then, Setara’s work has grown to defending clients against catastrophic injury, wrongful death, consumer and commercial fraud, medical malpractice, products liability, and commercial transportation and trucking litigation in state and federal courts. She joins the ranks of few young lawyers in the nation who have tried high-exposure civil suits to verdict. Setara is a passionate defense advocate, and works to achieve favorable and fair outcomes for her clients–a stark contrast to the culture of windfall verdicts which have become characteristic of litigation over the last 20 years.
Setara was named a Top 40 Under 40 Lawyer by the National Black Lawyers. She has also spoken to national audiences about emerging issues in commercial transportation litigation, and using data from wearable technology as evidence in lawsuits. During law school, Setara was a member of the Cumberland School of Law National Trial Team. As a team member, she advocated in six national competitions, and won the NITA Tournament of Champions. Setara considers her trial team experience invaluable in practice, and continues to encourage law students to find their courtroom passion as an assistant coach for Cumberland’s trial team. Setara was also named to the Dean’s List every semester of law school and was the Scholar of Merit in Constitutional Law, Advanced Evidence, and Advanced Skills in Trial Advocacy. Setara was an Honor Court Justice, R. Maxx Mediation Fellow, and active member of the Black Law Students’ Association, Phi Alpha Delta, Order of the Barristers, and Who’s Who Among American College Students.
Before law school, Setara received her B.A. in Political Science from the University of Texas at Dallas. While a UTD student, Setara was president of the Sigma Kappa Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., president of the National Pan-Hellenic Council, Student Government Senator, Multicultural Peer Advocate, and AVID tutor trainer. While in school, Setara was a paralegal at a firm handling family law, intellectual property, and oil and gas disputes.
Setara grew up in Barrett Station, Texas. Outside of work, Setara enjoys spending time with family, friends, and her dog-child, Bronko. A self-described “foodie,” Setara tries to spend her weekends in new places with good wine and great friends. Setara is a member of the Alabama Bar Association, Magic City Bar Association, Birmingham Bar Association, Alabama Defense Lawyers Association, CLM, and Women Business Leaders Executive Board.
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Alabama
U.S. District Court, Middle District of Alabama
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Alabama,
Education:Cumberland School of Law, Samford University
National Trial Team
Scholar of Merit: Constitutional Law
Scholar of Merit: Advanced Evidence
Scholar of Merit: Advanced Skills in Trial Advocacy
Champion – Tournament of Champions
The University of Texas at Dallas, B.A. Political Science
Student Government Senator
President, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
President, National Pan-Hellenic Council
Professional Associations and Memberships:Alabama Defense Lawyers Association
Magic City Bar Association
Birmingham Bar Association
Women Business Leaders (Board Member)
Claims and Litigation Management Alliance
Speaking Engagements:September 25, 2014
Low Impact Soft Tissue Injuries, Methods for Negotiating Favorable Settlements, and the Utility of FCEs
Hosted by The Commercial Motor Vehicle Collision: How to Protect Your Company 5th Annual Conference
October 27, 2015
Effective Use of Litigation Hold Letters
CE Seminar for Georgia and North Carolina Insurance Professionals
May 6, 2014
FDCPA and Collecting the Judgment sponsored by National Business Institute
April 10, 2014
Protecting the Trucking Industry Client During the Discovery Process,
CLM National Conference sponsored by the Claims Litigation Management Alliance