Tara Muller is an attorney mediator who conducts mediations for civil matters as varied as employment disputes, business contract matters, and intellectual property litigation. She conducts mediations both after litigation has begun and also before litigation, by serving as outside consultant ("ombuds") to mediate pre-suit disputes for corporations. She is also an experienced legal writer who regularly serves as outside counsel for attorneys whose cases are on appeal.
Tara litigated and appealed civil and administrative matters in North Carolina for nearly 15 years, both as a defense attorney and as a plaintiff's attorney. She zealously advocated on behalf of employers, insurers, injured workers, and employees. With a background in chemistry and chemical engineering, Tara also briefly practiced in intellectual property litigation and is a licensed patent attorney with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.
As a litigator, she argued for her clients' rights, while at the same time counseling those clients through the stressful ups and downs of trials and appeals. During those years of litigation, she saw the toll it took on her clients. Tara helped many of them resolve their conflicts successfully during mediation, where the parties can take control and reach a compromise on their own terms.
Tara Muller now enjoys conducting mediations to help others reach fair, amicable settlements. She is pleased to serve as mediator both on a selected and appointed basis for a number of state and federal courts, as well as for the North Carolina Industrial Commission. She also serves as outside ombuds for businesses and offers seminars on workplace conflict management, while continuing to provide legal writing services to other attorneys throughout North Carolina.
Licensed: US Patent & Trademark Office; NC Bar; EDNC; MDNC; 4th Circuit Court of Appeals; NC Dispute Resolution Commission
Committee Member: NC Bar Association Appellate Rules Committee 2015 to present; Wake Co Bar Association Professionalism Committee 2016 to present; NC Bar Association Dispute Resolution Section Council 2017
Lecturer: NC Bar Association Workers' Compensation Section Statewide Annual Meetings (3 years); National Business Institute
Education: Campbell University Law (2000: Campbell Law Observer case summary editor); NC State University (1997: Caldwell Scholar; Chemistry/Chem Engineering); Visiting student - Oxford University, England (1996)
Member: Legal Writing Institute; International Academy of Collaborative Professionals; NC Bar Association - Workers' Compensation Section / Appellate Law Section / Dispute Resolution Section / Intellectual Property Section