Tara L. Smith

Office Manager and Attorney

Tara shares a keen sense of insight and enthusiasm for building TTLO Law’s service team and operations. Guided by her firsthand experience with practicing law, Tara’s legal practice management style is steeped in compassionate advocacy; each client’s satisfaction matters significantly to her as does the well-being of the firm’s attorneys, staff, and our greater community.

Contact

Phone: 651-796-2995
Fax: 612-564-6976
tara@ttlolaw.com

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About

Marked by a welcome return to the construction industry, Tara’s arrival at TTLO Law followed a nontraditional path. Prior to graduating from law school, Tara both managed and served as an inside sales representative at an independent manufacturers’ agency for commercial hardware lines. Tara’s twelve years of experience in representing numerous manufacturers in the Upper Midwest – serving architects to end users – helped her hone skills she believes equally important to the practice of law: impeccable client service; creative problem solving; and fierce negotiation. Tara relied on these skills, first as a family law attorney at a prominent Minneapolis firm, then as that firm’s chief operating officer for several years, before joining TTLO Law in 2017.

In her role as TTLO Law’s office manager, Tara focuses on providing exceptional value to clients while strengthening all aspects of the firm’s business and strategic operations, including human resources, finance, information technology, marketing, and facilities. Tara leads with curiosity and agility, striving for innovative solutions and thriving as an agent of change.

Tara serves as co-chair of the Alternative Legal Careers Affinity Group of Minnesota Women Lawyers. She is also an active member of the Association of Legal Administrators – Minnesota Chapter and enjoys editing the organization’s bimonthly newsletter. Tara recently completed the acclaimed Law Firm Leadership training program of the Hennepin County Bar Association.

As a member of Perpich Center for Arts Education’s inaugural class, Tara is a classically trained pianist and avid supporter of the Arts.

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota

Education

  • William Mitchell College of Law,
    Saint Paul, J.D., 2009
  • University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, B.A. – English Honors, summa cum laude, 2006
  • Normandale Community College, Bloomington, A.A., Highest Honors, 2003

Presentations​

  • Thomson Reuters Learning Week, Customer Panel: Firm Administrators, June 10, 2015
  • Got Money? program guest, Lake Minnetonka Community Channel 12, June 4, 2013
  • The Nuts and Bolts of Cooperative Practice, co-presented with Terryl Johnson, CDFA and Becca Wong, Esq., Cooperative Practice Network of Minnesota, April 17, 2013
  • Cooperative Practice: The Flexible ADR Framework, co-presented with Lisa J. Kallemeyn, Esq. and R. Leigh Frost, Esq., Minnesota CLE Webcast, November 20, 2012
  • Cooperative Practice: The Flexible ADR Framework, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) – Minnesota Chapter, November 2, 2012
  • Cooperative Practice: The Flexible ADR Framework, Minnesota State Bar Association Family Law Section, October 8, 2011
  • Cooperative Practice: The Flexible ADR Framework, co-presented with Lisa J. Kallemeyn, Esq., Ramsey County Bar Association, September 30, 2011
  • She is Strong, She is Invincible, and She Outearns Him, Ramsey County Bar Association, December 22, 2010

Professional Memberships​

  • Association of Legal Administrators, Editor, the Verdict newsletter (2018 – present; 2014 – 2015); Communications Committee (2014 – 2015); Membership Development Committee (2018); Member (2014 – present)
  • Minnesota State, Hennepin County, and Ramsey County Bar Associations, Practice Management and Construction Sections, Member (2009 – present)
  • Minnesota Women Lawyers, Co-Chair, Alternative Legal Careers Affinity Group (2019 – present); Member (2010 – present)
  • Legal Marketing Association, Member (2015 – 2017)
  • Society for Human Resource Management, Member (2014 – 2017)
  • Cooperative Practice Network of Minnesota, Founder and Executive Committee Chair (2009 – 2014); Member (2009 – 2017)

Publications

  • Cooperative or Collaborative Practice Models: Using ADR to Meet Clients’ Needs for Unbundling, ABA Family Advocate, Vol. 35, No. 2, Fall 2012
  • Cooperative Practice: The Flexible ADR Framework, co-authored with Lisa J. Kallemeyn, Esq., MSBA Family Law Forum, Vol. 19, No. 3, Spring/Summer 2011
  • She Is Strong, She Is Invincible, and She Outearns Him: Husbands Seeking Spousal Maintenance in the Modern Era, MSBA Family Law Forum, Vol. 18, No. 3, Summer 2010

Pro Bono Activities

  • Volunteer, Volunteer Lawyers Network (2009 – 2013)
  • Guardian ad Litem, Second Judicial District, Ramsey County, Minnesota (2007 – 2008)
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