Tara S. Sarosiek is an associate in the firm’s Commercial Litigation Practice Group. She has a diverse litigation practice, with an emphasis on complex commercial disputes, securities and white collar investigations and appeals.
Complex Commercial Litigation. Tara has successfully represented clients in federal and state courts, as well as in arbitrations before FINRA, AAA and ARIAS-US. Her litigation experience includes a broad range of complex commercial matters, including consumer class actions, complex business disputes, breach of contract claims, and misappropriation of trade secrets.
Securities and White Collar Investigations. Tara also has experience defending clients under investigation by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the Securities and Exchange Commission, and a wide range of other federal and state enforcement agencies. In these engagements and others, Tara has submitted substantial position papers in defense of her clients and managed the retrieval, organization, review and production of electronic data in response to regulatory requests and government subpoenas. Recently, Tara defended a magisterial district judge in a two-month jury trial stemming from a three-year FBI investigation for ticket-fixing allegations involving former judges, administrators and city politicians. Her client was acquitted of all charges, including conspiracy, wire fraud and mail fraud.
Appellate Litigation. Tara has successfully briefed appellate matters in the United States Supreme Court, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals and the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. Alongside the firm’s chairman Alfred Putnam and partner Alicia Hickok, Tara successfully represented a client before the United States Supreme Court in Florence v. Board of Chosen Freeholders of the County of Burlington, which was named one of the top 10 cases of the 2011 Supreme Court Term by the National Law Journal.
Constitutional Law. Tara also represents clients in a variety of matters involving constitutional freedoms, including free speech, freedom of association, due process, and equal protection. Tara was a key member of the trial team that represented the Cradle of Liberty Council of the Boy Scouts of America in its long-running and nationally publicized dispute with the City of Philadelphia over the Council’s use of a city-owned building for its headquarters. In June 2010, the Scouts won a jury verdict in federal court in which the jury found that the City’s efforts to evict Cradle of Liberty violated the Council’s First Amendment rights. Tara was also on the appellate team that represented a middle school student who was suspended for creating a MySpace parody of her school principal from her home computer. In June 2011, the Third Circuit Court of Appeals, sitting en banc, ruled in favor of the student, finding that the school had violated her First Amendment right to free speech.
In General. Tara earned her bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Virginia in 2004, and she received her J.D., cum laude, from Villanova University School of Law in 2008, where she was an editor for the Villanova Law Review and a semi-finalist in the Theodore L. Reimel Moot Court Competition. She has also served as a legal intern for the Honorable Juan R. Sanchez of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Tara joined the firm in 2008. She lives in Philadelphia with her husband, a general surgery resident at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, and her son. She enjoys long-distance running and photography.