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. With a keen strategic view, and relentless attention to details that matter, Tara is a powerful advocate for each client she serves.
Tara focuses on intellectual property and high-stakes business litigation. 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 serves as general counsel for the Receiver in the $160 million Trevor Cook Ponzi scheme, the second-largest fraud in Minnesota history, where she is leading the effort to repatriate assets from around the globe that were stolen under the guise of an international investment program.1 She also served as general counsel 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 top-rated intellectual property attorney in Minnesota. She is recognized among the Best Lawyers in America® and Super Lawyers® and has earned the Martindale Hubbell AV Preeminent® rating from her peers for the highest level of professional excellence. She is named among the Top 50 Women Super Lawyers® in Minnesota, Top 100 Super Lawyers® in Minnesota and has twice been named among Minnesota Lawyer’s Attorneys of the Year (2016 & 2017). Tara also is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.
Tara is the firm’s chief marketing partner and co-founder and co-chair of its committee on diversity, equity and inclusion, which is committed 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 national and local leader advancing DE&I in the legal community. 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.
In 2018, Tara was 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 serves on the Board of Trustees for Sunny Hollow Montessori.
1 “Federal judge in Minneapolis shuts down receivership in forex-related Ponzi scheme,” by Dan Browning, StarTribune, Jan 16, 2020. (link here)
University of Minnesota Law School
J.D., magna cum laude
Order of the Coif
Articles Editor, Minnesota Law Review
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