As an accomplished attorney, Tara’s curiosity and fascination with what drives people has shaped her resolve to support entrepreneurs and investors in building high performance organizations that solve problems and inspire lifestyles. She has spent most of her legal career gaining experience in areas such as business and intellectual property, with a focus on brand protection and monetization.
Tara is a native of San Diego and lover of the California way of life. But her roots are in Northern Ireland, from where her parents and older sister emigrated during The Troubles. Her family settled in La Jolla Shores and soon after, Tara became its first (and her brother its second) United States citizen.
For much of her childhood, Tara thought she might be a marine biologist or veterinarian, no doubt motivated by the considerable amount of time she spent at the beach riding waves and the barn riding horses. But a high school English teacher introduced her to writings that sparked her interest in individualism and the contemporary and historical significance of literature.
Tara’s interest in literature, as well as legal and social issues involving principles of individual liberty and limited government, continued through college at the University of California at Santa Barbara, where she earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in both English and Law & Society. Her studies taught her to think creatively, write critically, and communicate effectively.
On graduating college, Tara returned to San Diego where she worked as a restaurant manager and then at a “big law” firm before earning her Juris Doctor from California Western School of Law (CWSL) in San Diego. At CWSL, Tara focused on business law and alternative dispute resolution (ADR). She received a Certificate in Mediation for her advanced ADR coursework.
After graduating law school, Tara worked at a few San Diego business and intellectual property law firms and established an independent practice in those same areas. Although the work was rewarding, Tara realized that the legal profession is in need of fundamental change because its traditional norms fail its modern clients and professionals. Facilitating that change is now an integral part of Tara’s endeavors. She aspires to improve the way legal services are delivered to bring unique value to clients and work-life harmony to professionals.
Beyond Tara’s professional work, Tara enjoys the outdoors, travelling, and spending time with her German husband and their Australian Shepherd.