Tara focuses her practice on privacy and data security issues across multiple industries such as technology, retail, e-commerce, and life sciences, with an emphasis on compliance risks and regulatory requirements affecting the healthcare sector. Tara became certified as a legal specialist in Privacy and Information Security Law by the North Carolina State Bar Board of Legal Specialization in 2018 as part of the inaugural class of specialists in this field – one of just 10 attorneys in the state to hold this certification.

She helps clients with all aspects of privacy and data security law, including establishing and assessing compliance programs, responding to data breaches and security incidents, conducting risk analyses, drafting privacy policies, negotiating contracts that govern data use and security, and responding to regulator requests and investigations. Tara also conducts diligence activities and drafts related terms for mergers, acquisitions, and other transactions involving data assets. Tara provides guidance on matters related to the CCPA, HIPAA, COPPA, CAN-SPAM, and other state and federal privacy, security and data breach laws in the U.S. She also advises clients on the GDPR, Privacy Shield, and related requirements of European data protection laws.

In addition, Tara has a broad range of experience counseling clients on issues related to the development of mobile and web-based applications, cloud computing, use of machine learning and AI tools, patient outreach programs, IoT devices, and other technology solutions that rely on personal information. 

Publications and Presentations

  • “50 Shades of Guest and IoT” – 14th Academic Medical Center Security & Privacy Conference, NC Healthcare and Communications Alliance, Inc., June 11-12, 2018
  • “Minorities in the Profession - Diversity & Inclusion Symposium” – North Carolina Bar Association, May 18, 2018
  • “121 Days Until GDPR Enforcement – The European Commission Offers New Resources and Suggests Prompt Action” – Wyrick Robbins Client Alert, January 24, 2018
  • “Privacy & Data Security Considerations – Protecting Data and Reducing Risk” – Elliott Davis Year End Update for CPAs, December 14, 2017
  • “Making the Move: Safe Harbor to the Privacy Shield” – Triangle Part Eleven and Electronic Stakeholders (PEERS) Monthly Meeting, September 22, 2016
  • “First OCR HIPAA Settlement with a Business Associate Highlights Seriousness of Increased Scrutiny on Vendors” – Wyrick Robbins Client Alert, July 1, 2016
  • “Breach Notification and Information Security Legal Requirements” – North Carolina Government Information Systems (NCLGISA) Annual Conference, October 23, 2015
  • “Regulatory Round Up” – Association for Home & Hospice Care (AHHC), Annual Meeting, April 27, 2015
  • “HIPAA Bingo: Everyone’s a Loser” – Carolina Privacy Officials Network Annual Meeting, January 23, 2015
  • “Managing Risk and Security Issues Arising from Mobile Devices” – Risk & Compliance Magazine, July 2014
  • “Quality Agreements: Harmonizing Quality Principles for Common Objectives” – 29th SQA Annual Meeting, May 1, 2013

Certifications

  • North Carolina State Bar Board Certified Specialist, Privacy and Information Security Law, 2018-Present
  • International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), Certified Information Privacy Professional – Europe, 2012-Present
  • Regulatory Affairs Professional Society, Regulatory Affairs Certification – Global, 2012-Present 
  • IAPP, Certified Information Privacy Professional – US, 2011-Present 
  • Barnett Educational Services, Good Clinical Practices – Expert Certification, 2012

Honors and Awards

  • Selected to the North Carolina Rising Stars list by Super Lawyers, Business/Corporate, 2018-Present
  • Lawyers of Color Hotlist, 2013

Civic and Professional Activities

  • Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Raleigh, Class 38, 2018-2019
  • North Carolina Technology Association, Board of Advisors, 2018-2019
  • North Carolina State Bar Association
    • Privacy and Data Security Section – Council Member and Membership Committee Co-Chair
    • Minorities in the Profession – Committee Member and Social Committee Chair 
  • Carolina Privacy Officials Network
  • American Bar Association, Health Law Section
  • International Association of Privacy Professionals
  • Leadership Council on Legal Diversity, Mentor
  • National Association of Asian American Professionals
  • Regulatory Affairs Professional Society
  • Wake County Bar Association
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Bar admissions

  • 2010, North Carolina

Education

  • J.D., 2009, New England School of Law
    • Dean’s List
    • Student Bar Association President
    • Dean’s Award for Leadership
  • B.A., 2004, Rhodes College
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