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Tara focuses her practice on the litigation needs of business clients addressing insolvency-related matters in all forums in which debtor-creditor issues arise, whether out of court, bankruptcy court, state and federal court or appellate court.  

Tara serves as Chair of the firm's Bankruptcy and Creditors' Rights practice.  She has more than 20 years of experience providing clients with practical and efficient solutions to complex problems involving multiple parties with competing interests.

Tara is a tough negotiator and skilled litigator who knows how to balance clients' business interests with legal needs to save time, effort, and business capital.  She protects clients' interests in all types of bankruptcy, insolvency and litigation matters.  Her clients include businesses in need of assistance with maneuvering through reorganization proceedings, lenders, trade creditors, buyers of assets out of bankruptcy or receivership, banks and other financial service providers, unsecured creditors’ committees, and receivers.

With a Master's Degree in Business Administration and certified as a Business Bankruptcy Specialist by the American Board of Certification, Tara has the business acumen necessary to effectively handle complex litigation, Chapter 11 reorganizations, receiverships, workouts, and any insolvency related or commercial litigation matters. She has served as Chair of the Oregon State Bar's Debtor-Creditor Section and is currently a Board Member of the Turnaround Management Association.

She enjoys Chapter 11 cases and litigation because of the variety of industries, business issues, and competing interests involved. Tara correlates dealing with a restructuring business to solving a big puzzle: lots of little pieces of different shapes and sizes that need to fit together to make the business successful again and obtain the best results possible for its creditors.

Professional Activities

  • Board Member, Turnaround Management Association
  • Member, American Bankruptcy Institute
  • Member, Risk Management Association 

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Admissions

  • Oregon State Bar, 1995
    Washington State Bar, 1997
    U.S. Bankruptcy Court, District of Oregon
    U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Washington
    U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Washington
    U.S. District Court, District of Oregon
    U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Washington
    U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington
    U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

Education

Willamette University College of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1995
Willamette University, Master's Degree Business Administration, 1995
Oregon State University, B.S. Journalism, 1990

Honors | Recognitions

Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™ 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated 

Selected to the Oregon Super Lawyers list in Bankruptcy Law, 2008-present

Named to the Oregon Super Lawyers' Top 25 Women list (2013-2017) and its Top 50 Lawyers list (2014-2015)

Selected by her peers for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America® for Litigation - Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law, 2016-2019

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