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Practice Areas

Practice Emphasis:

Tara is the Chair of Cline Williams' Labor and Employment Law section as well as the firm's primary representative to the Employment Law Alliance, the largest international network of labor and employment lawyers. Tara specializes in employment law, advising 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.

Additionally, Tara represents business owners, property management companies, property owners, developers, and others with regard to fair housing issues, including complaints under the ADA, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and the Nebraska Fair Housing Act.  Tara also defends organizations against complaints in federal and state court alleging violations of Title III of the ADA with respect to public accommodations.

Admitted to Practice:

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


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


  • Listed: Best Lawyers in America (Woodward/White, Inc. (Litigation-Labor and Employment, Employment Law-Management)
  • Named: Best Lawyers' 2020 Litigation-Labor and Employment Lawyer of the Year for Omaha
  • 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: Who's Who Legal: Labour, Employment & Benefits, 2021
  • Named: Benchmark Litigation, The Definitive Guide to America's Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys, 2019 - present  Labor & Employment Star
  • Named: Benchmark Litigation, The Definitive Guide to America's Leading Litigation Firms & Attorneys, 2018 & 2021 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)
  • Order of the Coif
  • Order of the Barristers


  • Law Clerk to the Honorable William Jay Riley, U.S. Circuit Judge, Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, 2005-2007
  • Member, The American Employment Law Council
  • Member Services Regional Co-Chair, Employment Law Alliance
  • Trustee, Business Ethics Alliance
  • Team Jack Foundation, Omaha Events Committee Member
  • Member, University of Nebraska President's Advisory Council, 2014-2019
  • Member of the Board of Directors, Food Bank for the Heartland, 2012-2019
  • Member, University of Nebraska Law College Dean's Advisory Board
  • Member, Leadership Omaha, Class 33 (2010-2011)
  • Graduate, Nebraska State Bar Association Leadership Academy, Class 2010
  • Member, Robert M. Spire American Inn of Court, 2006-2011
  • Managing Editor, Nebraska Law Review, 2003-2005
  • Member, National Moot Court Team, 2004


  • "Preventing, Responding to Harassment in the Workplace," Nebraska Municipal Review, October 2021
  • "Documenting and Holding Employees to Legitimate Performance Expectations," Nebraska Municipal Review, August 2021
  • "OSHA Issues Updated COVID-19 Guidance and Emergency Temporary Standard for Healthcare Settings," Nebraska Municipal Review, June 2021
  • "EEOC Issues Updated Guidance on COVID-19 Vaccination Policies," Nebraska Municipal Review, May 2021
  • "COVID-19 Vaccination Policies: Important Considerations for Employers," Nebraska Municipal Review, December 2020
  • "Employers’ Obligations Under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act," Nebraska Municipal Review, September 2020
  • "Returning to Work in the Era of COVID-19," Nebraska Municipal Review, July 2020
  • "NLRB Reverses Course and Approves Employer Confidentiality Policies that Apply During Workplace Investigations," Nebraska Municipal Review, January 2020
  • "Vacation Leave and Paid Time Off: Say Bon Voyage to “Use It or Lose It” Policies,' Nebraska Municipal Review,  December 2019
  • "Amended Nebraska Law Prohibits Discrimination Based on Wage Disclosure," Nebraska Municipal Review, October 2019
  • "Preventing and Responding to Sexual Harassment in the Workplace," Nebraska Municipal Review, July 2019
  • "Employment Practices Liability Insurance: What Every Employer Should Know," Nebraska Municipal Review, June 2019
  • "Avoiding the Boomerang Effect: Minimizing Exposure to Discrimination or Retaliation Claims Following Workplace Investigations and Discipline," The Nebraska Lawyer, March/April 2015
  • "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
  • "Physicians and Facebook: Implications of Social Media Usage in the Health Care Industry," Nebraska Medicine/The Nebraska Medical Association, September 2012
  • "Independent Contractor or Employee: Avoiding Legal Risks and Penalties Associated with the Misclassification of Workers," The Nebraska Lawyer, November/December 2010