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Overview

Tara focuses her practice on domestic and international intellectual property matters, focusing on trademarks, copyrights, domain names and unfair competition.

She advises individuals and companies of all sizes, in a variety of industries and counsels them through the identification, protection and enforcement of their intellectual property matters. She also has experience in managing domestic and international trademark portfolios.

Tara’s practice involves:
• Prosecuting trademark applications before the USPTO and various state offices
• Managing domestic and international trademark portfolios, including maintenance before the USPTO
• Conducting and analyzing complex comprehensive and knock-out clearance searches for domestic and international trademarks
• Reviewing and assessing client materials for unrecognized intellectual property assets
• Enforcing intellectual property rights, including domain name disputes
• Conducting cancellation proceedings before the TTAB
• Licensing and due diligence
• Reviewing and transferring intellectual property chain of title issues
• Reviewing advertising and other company materials for trademark compliance
• Prosecuting copyright applications before the United States Copyright Office

Before joining the firm, Tara was a corporate and trademark associate attorney at another St. Louis law firm where she worked with small businesses and entrepreneurs regarding corporate formation and governance, as well as crafting trademark strategies to help owners protect their valuable brands. She has counseled clients at every stage of the trademark process and educates clients on the proper use of their trademarks to ensure maximum protection under applicable federal and state trademark laws. Tara also volunteers with Volunteer Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts (VLAA), providing pro bono entity formation and trademark counseling services to clients in need.


Services

Education

  • J.D., Drake University Law School
    • with honors
      • Drake Journal of Agricultural Law, Junior Staff, 2011-2012, Editorial Board, Note Editor, 2012-2013
  • B.A., Pepperdine University
    • Public Relations and Psychology

Admissions

  • Missouri
  • California

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
  • California Bar Association, Young Lawyer's Division