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Tara C. Norgard
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Drawing on her extensive experience in complex litigation, technology, and business, Tara helps her clients leverage and defend their intellectual property inside and outside the courtroom. Chambers USA 2022 ranks Tara among Minnesota’s top IP attorneys and states, “Tara is a fierce and highly skilled advocate.” Tara is a powerful advocate for each client she serves.

Tara focuses on intellectual property and high-stakes business litigation and counseling with a keen strategic view and relentless attention to details that matter. She has secured victories in district and appellate courts and arbitrations across the country, and negotiated multimillion-dollar, client-favorable settlements in matters involving a wide spectrum of technologies, including medical devices, financial systems, radiation therapy systems, dental treatments, glass coatings, and consumer goods.

Tara also has been appointed by the court as general counsel for the Receiver in the $160 million Trevor Cook Ponzi scheme, the second-largest fraud in Minnesota history, where she led the effort to repatriate assets from around the globe that were stolen under the guise of an international investment program, as well as in the inter-Mark receivership, where she oversaw the return of $26 million to individuals around the world.

Tara brings first-hand business experience to every matter she handles, having worked for a global consulting firm before becoming a lawyer. Prior to joining Carlson Caspers, Tara clerked for the Honorable Donald P. Lay of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit and practiced with Sidley, an international law firm headquartered in Chicago.

Tara is a member of the firm’s Management Committee.  She also is the firm’s chief marketing partner and co-founder and co-chair of its Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee, which leads the firm’s actions in fulfillment of its commitment to ensuring that all people, regardless of color, creed, sexual orientation, disability, or other unique human characteristic, can excel and thrive in the firm, the profession, and the community.

In addition, Tara is a widely recognized national and local leader advancing DE&I in the legal community and is a frequent speaker on these topics. She served as President of the FBA’s Minnesota Chapter in 2016-17 and has led numerous initiatives with the Chapter and the District Court during over a decade of service on the Board. At the national level, she founded and chairs the FBAs DE&I Committee, which developed and is now implementing a multi-year DE&I Action Plan for the organization and its 100+ chapters around the nation.

Tara has been honored with the prestigious Diversity & Inclusion award from Minnesota Lawyer. She also was featured on the cover of the Women in Law 2017 Minnesota Edition, Attorney at Law Magazine, celebrating women attorneys who exemplify excellence in the Minnesota legal profession. Tara has also chaired and served on Merit Selection Panels for the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota and the Court’s Markman Study Group.

Outside of her law practice, Tara works with Friends of FANA, Minnesota, a non-profit organization established to unite Colombian children of all ages with adoptive families. She also has served on the Board of Trustees for Sunny Hollow Montessori.


University of Minnesota Law School
J.D., magna cum laude
Order of the Coif
Articles Editor, Minnesota Law Review

Marquette University
B.A., Political Science, magna cum laude
Phi Beta Kappa


Minnesota Supreme Court
Illinois Supreme Court
U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit


Qualified Neutral on the Minnesota Supreme Court’s Statewide Roster