TARA A. STINGLEY

tstingley@clinewilliams.com
(402) 397-1700

Practice Areas

Practice Emphasis:

Tara specializes in employment law, advising large and small businesses in a variety of industries on compliance with federal, state, and local employment laws and regulations. Tara assists clients in developing employment policies and provides guidance on best employment practices, employment/termination decisions, and avoiding employment litigation and claims. She advises clients on Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), and other similar federal, state, and local laws and regulations.  In the area of wage and hour laws. Tara assists clients in performing internal wage/hour audits to identify potential areas of exposure. Tara also prepares and updates employment policies, employee handbooks, employment agreements, independent contractor agreements, restrictive covenant agreements (including non-compete, non-solicitation, non-disclosure/confidentiality, and non-diversion agreements), and separation agreements/releases for individual terminations and reductions-in-force. Additionally, she develops employee training materials and conducts training sessions on equal employment opportunity subjects and recent changes in employment law.

Tara also has a litigation practice and routinely represents public and private employers of all sizes in federal and state court and before federal, state, and local administrative agencies such as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC), the Nebraska Equal Opportunity Commission (NEOC), and the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), among others. Tara defends employers against claims of discrimination, retaliation, and harassment under Title VII, the ADA, the FMLA, and the ADEA; claims for wage/hour violations under the FLSA and state wage payment laws; and claims alleging wrongful termination and breach of contract.  She also assists employers in enforcing restrictive covenant agreements containing non-compete, non-solicitation, non-disclosure/confidentiality, and non-diversion provisions.

Admitted to Practice:

Nebraska
United States District Court for the District of Nebraska
United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit

Education:

University of Nebraska, J.D., with high distinction, 2005
University of Nebraska, B.S. Criminal Justice, summa cum laude, 2002

Other Experience/Achievements:

  • Listed:  Best Lawyers in America (Woodward/White, Inc. (Litigation-Labor and Employment, Employment Law-Management)
  • Listed: Chambers USA, America's Leading Lawyers for Business (Chambers & Partners Publishing) (Labor and Employment)
  • Listed: Benchmark Litigation, The Definitive Guide to America's Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys
  • Named: Benchmark Litigation, The Definitive Guide to America's Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys, 2018 Future Litigation Star
  • Named: Benchmark Litigation, The Definitive Guide to America's Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys, 2018 Under 40 Hot List
  • Named: Benchmark Litigation, The Definitive Guide to America's Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys, 2016 Under 40 Hot List
  • Listed: Great Plains Super Lawyers (Employment Litigation Defense; Employment & Labor; Employment Discrimination; Employment Law - Employee; Retaliation, Sexual Harassment, Wage & Hour Laws; Whistleblower; Wrongful Termination)
  • Trustee, Business Ethics Alliance
  • Immediate Past Chairperson, Board of Directors, Food Bank for the Heartland
  • Member, University of Nebraska President's Advisory Council
  • Member, University of Nebraska Law College Dean's Advisory Board
  • Member, Robert M. Spire American Inn of Court, 2006-2011
  • Member, Leadership Omaha, Class 33 (2010-2011)
  • Graduate, Nebraska State Bar Association Leadership Academy, Class 2010
  • Law Clerk to the Honorable William Jay Riley, U.S. Circuit Judge, Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, 2005-2007
  • Managing Editor, Nebraska Law Review, 2003-2005
  • Member, National Moot Court Team, 2004
  • Order of the Coif
  • Order of the Barristers
  • Published: "Independent Contractor or Employee: Avoiding Legal Risks and Penalties Associated with the Misclassification of Workers," The Nebraska Lawyer, November/December 2010
  • Published: "Physicians and Facebook: Implications of Social Media Usage in the Health Care Industry," Nebraska Medicine/The Nebraska Medical Association, September 2012
  • Published: "Why Can't We Be 'Friends'? Emerging Legal Issues Relating to Attacks on Social Media by the National Labor Relations Board and its General Counsel," The Nebraska Lawyer, November/December 2012
  • Published: "Avoiding the Boomerang Effect: Minimizing Exposure to Discrimination or Retaliation Claims Following Workplace Investigations and Discipline," The Nebraska Lawyer, March/April 2015