Tara is the “M” in MDW Law. A proactive and well-respected litigator with a reputation of being firm but fair, she joined MDW Law as a partner in May 2015 and is the leader of the firm’s personal injury practice group. Originally from beautiful but cold Labrador, she sought the warmth of Nova Scotia to attend university and begin a civil litigation practice at a large Atlantic regional law firm. She then honed her litigation skills practicing insurance defence litigation exclusively in-house for a national insurance company. She now uses her over 20 years of knowledge and experience to help clients injured in motor vehicle and other accidents receive fair and timely settlements.
Tara was drawn to a personal injury practice after a close family member was in a significant accident. She understands the emotional toll on individuals and families dealing with the aftermath of an unexpected injury. While she does not hesitate to take matters to trial when necessary, she believes alternative dispute resolution leading to early settlement is in every client’s best interest as the best results for most are achieved outside of the adversarial court process. She has a wealth of experience in negotiation, mediation and alternative dispute resolution.
Outside of the office, Tara is an active and engaged volunteer in her community. She is a longstanding provincial Board member and Chair of Special Olympics Nova Scotia. She is the Past President of the PC Party of Nova Scotia, after serving for 3 years as Party President. In the legal community, she is a board member of the Lawyers Insurance Association of NS and a member (and past executive member) of the national CBA Women Lawyers Forum. She is the former Chair of the Fine Arts Parents Association.
Like her clients, Tara is passionate about her own family. The mother of two active teenagers (and a small but mighty dog), she is in charge of clean laundry, timely transportation and short order meal preparation! She also spends a fair amount of time in soccer fields and hockey rinks watching QMJHL games. She spends some of her spare time on a yoga mat, at her life long family cottage on the North Shore, in running sneakers or working from a cookbook in the kitchen with a glass of wine in hand.
Dalhousie Law School, 1996
Bachelor of Arts
Acadia University, 1993
Nova Scotia, 1997
New Brunswick, 2003