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.
Tara served on the trial team that obtained complete defense victory in a multiweek 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).
She is a summa cum laude graduate of the University of Alabama School of Law and was a Hugo L. Black Scholar. During law school she was the managing editor of the Alabama Law Review and recipient of the Dean M. Leigh Harrison Award.