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Tara Rich Tara Rich

Tara Rich


Associate

Meet Tara, a zealous defender who never loses sight of the big picture.

Tara Rich

CONTACT
trich@bernsteinshur.com

207 228-7183 direct
207 774-1200 main
207 774-1127 facsimile

100 Middle Street
PO Box 9729
Portland, ME 04104-5029

PRACTICES & INDUSTRIES SERVED Labor & Employment
PRESS & PUBLICATIONS

Here’s why you’ll enjoy working with her.

Tara practices in all areas of labor and employment law, providing counsel and representation to employers throughout northern New England. As the former Legal & Policy Director of the ACLU of Alaska, Tara created and managed a full legal docket from scratch, while simultaneously creating and managing a lobbying program on the federal, state, and local levels as their chief lobbyist. She successfully defended against repeated attacks to repeal the state’s newly enacted criminal justice reform law, safeguarding over one million dollars in key funding for the state’s public defender agency. She now leverages these years of experience as a successful communicator to advocate on behalf of employers, whether she’s negotiating settlements or representing clients in trial or arbitration, Tara provides thoughtful, balanced advice—all while keeping the mission on its course.

But that’s not all. Tara is also very experienced in:

  • Litigation
  • Wage and hour law
  • Lobbying and communications strategy

In her former life, Tara was:

  • Legal and Policy Director for the American Civil Liberties Union of Alaska
  • An associate at a local Maine law firm
  • Law clerk to Justice Joseph M. Jabar for Maine Supreme Judicial Court
  • An intern at a nonprofit organization in Moscow to make elections in Russia secure and fair
  • A volunteer English teacher for the North Atlantic Treaty Alliance (NATO)

When Tara isn’t working, she is…

Spending time as a Registered Maine Guide for sea kayaking and paddle boarding as well as hiking, motorcycling, and learning to play the banjo.

Background

Education
JD, Tulane University Law School, 2012, cum laude
LL.M., Central European University, 2008
BA, Georgetown University, 2007, cum laude

Admitted to practice
State of Maine
U.S. District Court for the District of Maine
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
State of Alaska

Memberships

Maine State Bar Association
Alaska Bar Association
Former Chair of the MSBA New Lawyer’s Section
Former Representative for Maine and Vermont to the American Bar Association Young Lawyers’ Division