Tara Muller - Mediator

Using logic and experience to resolve complex disputes      


Tara Muller's business savvy comes across in her methodical approach to dispute resolution. She litigated for more than ten years at an established North Carolina defense firm on behalf of employers, businesses, and insurance companies. Also, Tara is a licensed patent attorney with experience litigating intellectual property matters and other complex business disputes and workplace issues. Tara understands litigants' concern about the bottom line and the time value of money. She enables parties to meet their goals, both by resolving current disputes and identifying future conflict.  


Every dispute comes down to people. As a solo practitioner, Tara Muller primarily represented individuals in disputes involving employment litigation, business matters, and workers' compensation. Tara is approachable and understands the important role of compassion and creativity. She actively listens to the needs and concerns of individuals, focuses on their goals, and explains complex concepts in a simple fashion to engender trust and to facilitate settlement discussions.


Successful mediations depend upon impartiality and honesty. Tara is committed to conducting mediations and other settlement negotiations with neutrality. Both litigants and advocates appreciate her open-minded approach to problem solving.

For Tara's mediation availability, please consult the calendar below. 

Then, to confirm and schedule a mediation, please contact


Tara Muller is certified by the North Carolina Dispute Resolution Commission to conduct mediations for a business disputes, employment and workers' compensation matters, intellectual property matters, and personal injury litigation. In addition to mediating by mutual selection of the parties, she also accepts court appointments by the NC Superior Courts, the NC Industrial Commission, and select federal courts. Billing rate sheet and curriculum vitae provided upon request.  

​​​​Intellectual Property Mediator

In addition to general business and workplace disputes, Tara mediates intellectual property matters.

Tara Muller is licensed as a patent attorney before the United States Patent and Trademark Office. She has a background in chemistry and chemical engineering and has worked in both North Carolina and South Carolina in various stages of intellectual property litigation. Tara is intimately familiar with the issue of intellectual property exploitation and its potential impact on a business portfolio and brand. She regularly facilitates settlement negotiations between businesses and is available to conduct mediations involving trademark, copyright, and patent infringement claims and licensing disputes.

Intellectual property litigation is complex, extensive, and time-consuming. Mediation is an especially attractive option in intellectual property disputes, because parties generally share the following goals:

  • A speedy end to stressful litigation
  • Protection of professional reputation
  • Preservation of the business relationship
  • Confidentiality
  • Control of the settlement process
  • Minimization of legal costs

Tara Muller is available to mediate intellectual property matters involving the pharmaceutical and life science industry, trademark licenses, franchise disagreements, computer and software contracts, distribution contracts, joint ventures, research and development contracts, technology-sensitive employment contracts, and mergers and acquisitions involving intellectual property assets.  

Her office is conveniently located in Raleigh, North Carolina near Research Triangle Park, and she travels as needed.

Tara Muller is a NCDRC Certified Superior Court Mediator trained in dispute resolution.

Corporate Mediator / Ombuds

Tara Muller also offers early intervention services to corporations, small businesses, boards of directors, and educational institutions faced with internal or external disputes. By identifying and mediating systemic conflicts early, companies avoid future litigation fees and preserve valuable business relationships.  

Historically, corporations have resolved disputes internally using in-house counsel or human resources representatives. Increasingly, corporations rely on an outside neutral (also known as an ombuds) to provide swift and effective problem solving by an independent neutral. Tara Muller is available on a contract basis to assist in-house counsel, risk management, and human resources departments with independent ombuds services.

She is available to conduct in-house ombuds sessions but typically recommends holding sessions in a neutral location to underscore the impartiality of the process. The typical project requires two three-hour sessions, but certain complex disputes require additional meetings.

​Companies' needs vary widely. Contact Tara Muller for a free assessment of recommended services, rates, and availability.