Tara is a trial lawyer with experience in complex and fast-paced civil litigation. She understands that clients need a lawyer that truly understands their business and approaches litigation in a strategic, efficient, and cost-effective way. Tara also counsels clients on business matters before they become a legal dispute as she seeks to prevent costly litigation for clients. She focuses her practice on complex civil litigation with an emphasis on corporate, antitrust, intellectual property, employment, government regulatory matters, and internal corporate investigations. She has significant trial, appellate, and case management experience, with expertise in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.
Prior to joining DiMuro Ginsberg, Tara served as the Trial Section Chief for the Commonwealth of Virginia’s Office of the Attorney General, overseeing the Civil Litigation, Employment, and Worker’s Compensation Units. She was responsible for all civil litigation involving the Commonwealth, its agencies, divisions, institutions, or employees as litigants and also served as legal counsel to Virginia judges and the Virginia State Bar. Tara’s role as the Trial Section Chief provides her with a unique perspective in handling matters under scrutiny by and against state authorities.
Tara previously worked at Jones Day, representing major corporations in a variety of industries and jurisdictions. She was the go-to for fast-moving and high-stakes litigation. She also obtained successful results in a variety of business disputes, including several high-profile patent and trademark infringement lawsuits, shareholder derivative actions, and corporate criminal investigations.
Tara has a robust and successful pro bono practice. She has represented clients in death-penalty habeas, police brutality, veteran benefits, and immigration cases. She obtained lawful immigration status for an El Salvadoran family seeking asylum, won the first case in Virginia challenging the constitutionality of a juvenile life sentence without parole, as well as won a $2 million compensatory damages award in a remanded malicious prosecution case after prior counsel lost on all but one count and obtained original jury award of $40,000.
Currently, Tara serves as the President of the Northern Virginia Chapter of the Federal Bar Association. Tara is also the President and Executive Director of Project Second Chance, a non-profit that rescues, rehabilitates, and finds forever homes for the abandoned and homeless animals in Puerto Rico and other disaster hit areas. To date, Tara has rescued over 1000 abandoned dogs from Puerto Rico since starting PSC in 2018. Her humanitarian efforts in Puerto Rico began over 15 years ago, and she is active in advocating on animal welfare issues.
- Virginia State Bar (2006)
- The District of Columbia Bar (2007)
- The Federal Bar Association
- President and Director of the Northern Virginia Chapter
FTC v. STERIS Corporation, et al., No. 1:15-cv-1080-DAP (N.D. Ohio); In the Matter of STERIS Corporation, et al., No. 9365 (FTC)
Successfully defended STERIS Corporation against the FTC’s motion for preliminary injunction challenging STERIS’s proposed $1.9 billion acquisition of Synergy Health plc. Defeated the Commission after a week-long bench trial in federal court and achieved dismissal of the administrative-merger challenge.
Cabell Huntington Hospital, Inc.
In the Matter of Cabell Huntington Hospital, Inc. No. 9366 (FTC)
Represented Cabell Huntington Hospital, Inc., in an administrative proceeding brought by FTC to permanently enjoin Cabell’s proposed acquisition of St. Mary’s Medical Center, Inc. and achieved dismissal of the administrative-merger challenge.
The Nielsen Company (US), LLC and NetRatings, LLC
The Nielsen Co. (US), LLC v. comScore, Inc., No. 2:11-cv-168-MSD/TRJ (E.D. Va.), comScore Inc. v. The Nielsen Co. (US), LLC, et al., No. 1: 11-cv-290-LMB/TRJ (E.D. Va.)
Represented The Nielsen Company (US), L.L.C., and NetRatings, L.L.C., in concurrent patent-infringement actions related to the measuring and displaying of online content.
SOLiD Inc., Reach Holdings LLC
Corning Optical Commc’ns Wireless Ltd v. Solid, Inc., et al., No. 3:14-cv-367-HEH (E.D. Va.); Corning Optical Commc’ns Wireless Ltd. v. Solid, Inc., et al., No. 14-3750 (N.D. Cal.)
Represented Solid and Reach in a patent infringement action relating to Distributed Antenna System products. Successfully obtained transfer of the case to the Northern District of California where summary judgment was returned in favor of Solid and Reach.
Entrepreneur Media, Inc. (multiple cases)
Entrepreneur Media, Inc. v. Entrepreneur.com, No. 1: 11-cv-00584-CMH/TRJ (E.D. Va.)
Successfully represented EMI in asserting Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act (ACPA), 15 U.S.C. § 1125(d), claims in multiple actions.
The J.M. Smucker Company
Mars, Inc. v. The J.M. Smucker Co., No. 1:16-cv-1451 CMH/MSN (E.D. Va.)
Successfully defended The J.M. Smucker Co. in an action alleging trademark infringement, false designation of origin, false description, and unfair competition related to pet treats for aiding in the oral administration of medication for pets by winning summary judgment on all claims.
Mr. FenYanga Muhammad
Muhammad v. Muir, et al., No. 24C10001584 (Balt. City Cir. Ct.)
Served as lead trial attorney and transformed a police-brutality victim’s $40,000 judgment obtained by prior counsel into a $2 million compensatory-damages award. After a one-week trial, the jury deliberated for less than half an hour before returning a unanimous verdict.
Avenir Corporation and Officers
Knop v. Mackall, et al., No. 2009 CA 355B (D.C. Super. Ct.)
Represented defendants in shareholder-derivative action and negotiated favorable outcome to client.
Labor /Employment Matters
Verizon Communications, Inc., Verizon Virginia, Inc. (multiple cases)
Rosser v. Verizon Va., Inc., et al., No. 2:11-cv-606-AWA/DEM (E.D. Va.)
Represented Verizon Communications, Inc. in eleven labor cases involving contract administration and enforcement, including contract interpretation and discipline and discharge issues.
Batton v. Commc’ns Workers of Am., AFL-CIO, et al., No. 2:13-cv-426-MSD/LRL (E.D. Va.)
Defended Verizon in hybrid action under Section 301 of the Labor Management Relations Act. Prevailed on motion for summary judgment and appeal.
Zuberi v. Hirezi, No. 1:16-cv-1077-AJT/TCB (E.D.Va.)
Served as lead trial attorney for plaintiff, an active-duty military pilot, in a lawsuit arising out of the sale of a residential property with concealed defects. Claims included fraud, conspiracy, and breach of contract.
Amicus Curiae Representation
SAS Institute, Inc.
Synopsys, Inc. v. Lee, et al., No. 1:14-cv-674-JCC/IDD (E.D. Va.); Synopsys, Inc. v. Mentor Graphics Corp., No. 2014-1516, -1530 (Fed. Cir.)
Represented amicus curiae in action challenging USPTO’s regulations and decisions in inter partes reviews as contrary to the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act.
Internet Technology Matters
Internet Corporation For Assigned Names and Numbers (multiple related cases)
Weinstein, et al. v. Islamic Republic of Iran, et al., No. 00-2601-RCL (D.D.C)
Represented the Internet Corporations for Assigned Names and Numbers (“ICANN”) in seven writ of attachment proceedings seeking to seize country-code top-level domains (“ccTLDs”) used and managed by Iran, Syria, and North Korea to satisfy substantial unsatisfied money judgments against arising out of claims brought under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act (“FSIA”). Successfully obtained an order quashing all seven writs. A unanimous D.C. Circuit panel upheld the ruling that ccTLDs are not attachable foreign property under FSIA.
Internal Investigations, Compliance Reviews, and White Collar Matters
Public multi-national corporation under federal and state investigation.
Represented a large public company in a matter investigated jointly by federal and state authorities relating to alleged criminal activity. Coordinated investigation of client’s U.S. operations to determine whether any employees witnessed or participated in criminal activity. Responsible for interviews and drafting of investigation report. No charges filed against client.
Internal investigation of global government contractor.
Investigation of client’s worldwide operations in connection with federal investigation and related civil fraud proceedings. Conducted internal investigation and compliance review. Responsible for interviews and other aspects of internal investigation including drafting investigation report; managed collection and review of materials from foreign and domestic employees (located in Qatar, Japan, Iraq, and Afghanistan). No charges filed against client.
Internal investigation of newly acquired subsidiary.
Investigation of client’s newly acquired subsidiary to determine whether actions by subsidiary’s prior owner placed subsidiary and client in violation of previously entered Department of Commerce order and subject to both civil and criminal penalties. Responsible for interviews and other aspects of internal investigation including drafting investigation report. No charges filed against client.
National security reviews of transactions.
Represented various companies involved in transactions that require the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States’ review and approval.
Represented various companies in internal investigations concerning International Traffic in Arms Regulations compliance.
Orlando Crespin-Valladares v. Eric Holder, Jr., No. 09-1423 (4th Cir.)
Obtained asylum for El Salvadoran family after MS-13 gang threatened them for cooperating with a police investigation into a family member’s murder. Drafted all appellate motions and briefs. Responsible for trial preparations for underlying case, tried before the immigration judge.
Ross v. Fleming, No. 6:13-cv-00034 (W.D. Va.)
Lead counsel; prevailed in challenging the constitutionality of two sentences of life without parole imposed on a minor following the U.S. Supreme Court’s decisions in Miller v. Alabama (2013) and Montgomery v. Louisiana (2016). Groundbreaking win because (1) Mr. Ross is the first inmate in the Western District of Virginia, and one of the first statewide, to prevail on a Miller claim; (2) Mr. Ross’s petition required persuading a federal court that Virginia’s sentencing framework violated the Eighth Amendment, even after recent decisions from the Virginia Supreme Court purported to uphold the statutory scheme; and (3) only 1% of all habeas petitions are granted, reflecting the rarity of a complete habeas win such as this.
Represented Army veteran seeking the Purple Heart for injuries sustained in Vietnam War in agency proceedings.