Tara chairs Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP’s Privacy and Cybersecurity Team. Her practice is dedicated to counseling clients on privacy and data security issues across industries such as technology, retail, e-commerce, and life sciences, with an emphasis on compliance risks and regulatory requirements affecting the healthcare and healthtech 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. She is also a recognized by the IAPP as a certified information privacy professional for both the U.S. (CIPP/US) and Europe (CIPP/E). 

Tara 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

  • "Early Lessons from California’s Consumer Privacy Act" – 2020 Privacy & Data Security Section CLE, North Carolina Bar Association, September 17, 2020
  • "California Screamin’ – Privacy Rollercoaster Becoming Steeper for Businesses" – Womble Bond Dickinson Client Alert, June 25, 2020
  • Co-Presenter (with John S. Gambaccini and Theresa M. Sprain) – "Safe and Sound: Protecting Employee Privacy and Company Data in the Era of Coronavirus" – Association of Corporate Counsel’s National Capital Region Chapter, May 5, 2020
  • “COVID-19 and Your Business: Navigating Short-term Legal Challenges” – Association of Corporate Counsel, Compliance and Ethics Network, March 17, 2020
  • “Privacy and Data Security Laws for Business Lawyers: Legislative Developments and Best Practice for Compliance in an Evolving Landscape” – North Carolina Bar Association, Business Law Section Annual Meeting, February 14, 2020
  • CCPA Draft Regulations v2.0 and the Uncertainties Continue” – Womble Bond Dickinson Client Alert, February 13, 2020
  • Quoted in “Failing to Meet Cybersecurity Requirements Doesn’t Quash Vendor Relationship” – Legaltech News, January 15, 2020
  • “Getting It Right When It All Goes Wrong” – Association of Corporate Counsel Research Triangle Area Chapter, January 15, 2020
  • Quoted in “The Big Change Coming to Just About Every Website on New Year’s Day” – Slate, December 30, 2019
  • “Moving Targets: Best Practices to Operationalize Compliance Obligations Across Privacy & Data Security Laws” – Womble Bond Dickinson CLE, November 21, 2019
  • CCPA Compliance: Thorny Practical Questions” – Womble Bond Dickinson Client Alert, November 2019
  • New CCPA Changes/Clarifications; Some Final, Some Contingent (2 Months to Go)” – Womble Bond Dickinson Client Alert, October 24, 2019
  • Nevada: Hey, Don’t Forget About Me!” – HeyDataData – The Blog on information, Risk and Society, September 24, 2019 
  • “Hot Topics in Privacy & Security Compliance” – Association of Corporate Counsel, Compliance and Ethics Network, September 17, 2019
  • Health Sector Does Not Completely Avoid the CCPA by HIPAA Exemption” – Womble Bond Dickinson Client Alert, September 16, 2019
  • “50 Shades of Guest and IoT” – 14th Academic Medical Center Security & Privacy Conference, NC Healthcare and Communications Alliance, Inc., June 11-12, 2018
  • Panelist - “Minorities in the Profession - Diversity & Inclusion Symposium” – North Carolina Bar Association, May 18, 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

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 (Thomson Reuters) in Business/Corporate, Health Care, 2018 – 2020
  • Lawyers of Color Hotlist, 2013

Civic and Professional Activities

  • Friends of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, Board of Directors
  • 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
  • National Asian Pacific American 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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