​Tara is a member of Butler Snow’s litigation department and primarily practices within the Pharmaceutical, Medical Device and Healthcare Litigation Group.

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Associations

Bar Admissions

  • Alabama, 2011
  • California, 2017
  • Tennessee, 2017

Distinctions

  • Best Lawyers in America®
    • Ones to Watch, Insurance Law, 2021
    • Ones to Watch, Product Liability Litigation – Defendants, 2021

Education & Honors

  • University of Alabama School of Law, J.D., 2011
    • Managing Editor, Alabama Law Review
    • Order of the Coif
    • Hugo L. Black Scholar
    • Recipient of Dean M. Leigh Harrison Award
    • Bench & Bar 
  • Furman University, B.S., Psychology, 2006
    • Vice-President, Psi Chi Psychology Honor Society 

Experience

  • Tara’s practice focuses on insurance and financial services litigation. She regularly represents insurers across the country in individual and multi-party litigation involving a wide variety of coverage lines including professional and commercial liability, life, health, property and fidelity/crime coverage. Her practice has concentrated on defending insurance and financial services companies against complex, bad-faith, class and punitive damages claims. 
    • Regularly represent insurers across the country in individual and multi-party litigation involving a wide variety of coverage lines including professional and commercial liability, life, health, property and fidelity/crime coverage.
    • Practice has concentrated on defending insurance companies against complex, bad-faith, fraud, class and punitive damages claims.
    • Prepared witnesses for depositions and/or trial as lead lawyer in preparation.
    • Served as primary contact for multiple clients on issues of case strategic development and all aspects of litigation.
    • Acted as lead counsel in hearings in multiple jurisdictions – including Tennessee, California, South Carolina, Oklahoma and Louisiana.
    • Served as trial lawyer assisting and trying multiple cases with lead counsel, obtaining defense victory in a multi-week jury trials on bad faith/claims insurance issues.
    • Litigated matters in more than 10 states.
    • Planned, organized and spoke at multiple marketing presentations to clients for the Insurance and Financial Services Litigation Practice Group.
    • Advise clients on insurance compliance and coverage issues.
    • Research and draft legal briefs and monitor legal updates affecting clients.
  • Tara served on the trial team that obtained complete defense victory in a multi week jury trial on bad-faith/claims issues involving employee theft coverage following a $50 million pretrial damages claim. McLarand Vasquez Emsiek & Partners, Inc., et al. v. The Hartford Financial Services Group, No. 30-2011-00463182 (California Superior Court, County of Orange) (Hon. Mary Fingal Schulte / Dept. C6).