Experience

Tamara has worked extensively in trucking and transportation law, including the defense of liability and insurance coverage actions for motor carriers, brokers, logistics providers, and their insurers, transportation and logistics contracting, and the litigation of freight charge and freight loss claims.  She has significant experience handling jury trials, mediations, and arbitrations, and representing clients in matters ranging from property damage to catastrophic loss on a local, regional, and national level.  Tamara has successfully tried 70+ cases to verdict, working with clients in every step of the litigation process.  She is also a member of the firm’s 24-hour emergency response team, responding to accidents and incidents that occur outside of business hours.

Tamara’s retail practice includes cases involving slip and falls, general premises liability, falling merchandise, third party criminal conduct claims, negligent security, defective products, false arrest and detention, malicious prosecution, food contamination, defamation, invasion of privacy, assault, and battery and other intentional torts, as well as claims involving the negligent hiring, retention, and supervision of retail employees.

Tamara regularly represents employers in various aspects of labor and employment law including the defense of a wide variety of labor and employment-related litigation both at the EEOC level and in state and federal courts, such as employment discrimination claims under Title VII and the Americans with Disabilities Act, and claims based on the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), and Maryland Wage and Hour Laws.

Tamara has defended numerous product liability matters for manufacturers, distributors, retailers, and insurance carriers in state and federal courts throughout Maryland and Washington, D.C.  She handles cases involving commercial and consumer products, ranging from defective products to mass tort claims across a variety of industries.  She has defended personal injury and property damage matters involving hair care products, fire sprinkler systems, recreational products, and household products, including fire and catastrophic burn cases.

Awards and Distinctions

  • Selected as Top Rated Attorney to Super Lawyers for Transportation Law, Personal Injury Defense, and Civil Litigation Defense, 2015-2020
  • Bar Association of Baltimore City’s Presidential Award Recipient, 2016

Activities

Tamara serves as General Counsel to the Maryland Retailers’ Association and served as the Chair of the Transportation & Logistics Practice Group for USLAW from 2018-2020 and currently serves on USLAW’s Board of Governors. She is also a member of various professional organizations, including DRI: The Voice of the Defense Bar, where she served as Chair of the Trucking Law Committee (2012–2014), Vice-Chair of the Trucking Law Committee (2010–2012) and Program Chair for the 2010 Trucking Law Seminar; Transportation Intermediaries Association (TIA); Transportation Lawyers Association (TLA), where she served as Chair of the Logistics and E-Commerce Committee and Representative at Large on the Executive Committee (2010–2012); and Trucking Industry Defense Association (TIDA). She is also a member of various bar associations including the Bar Association of Baltimore City and the Maryland State Bar Association. Tamara has served on the Board of Governors of the Maryland State Bar Association from 2007–2009.

Recent Speaking Engagements

COVID King: Investigating and Defending the Liability Mayhem and Madness, USLAW webinar – June 2020

What Keeps You Up at Night, F&P’s Labor & Employment Seminar – November 2019

Employers on the Hook: Liability for Acts of Others, USLAW Retail Exchange – October 2019

Beyond the Basics: Best Practices for Effective Accident Investigation and Early Case Evaluation, Arkansas Trucking Seminar –  September 2019

The Sun Never Sets on Broker Liability, Webinar for Transportation Lawyers Association – June 2019

Lawyers: A Necessary Evil in the Supply Chain or a Blessing!?, TIA Capital Ideas Conference & Exhibition – April 2019

Protecting the Value of Your Business, American Bus Association CEO Roundtable – January 2019

#MeToo, F&P’s Labor & Employment Seminar – November 2018

Transportation Claims are Not Just for the Trucking Industry, USLAW Network Retail & Hospitality Exchange – October 2018

Alternative & Effective Dispute Resolution, F&P’s Liability Seminar – June 2017

Litigating Against the Latest Efforts by the Plaintiff’s Bar to Misconstrue the FMCSR, TLA Annual Conference – April 2017

Supply Chain Visibility and the Possible Legal Implications, CSCMP EDGE Conference – September 2017

The Jubilee Panel! Half-Century Game Changers that Rocked the Transpo World and How They Impact Our Practices Today, TLA’s 50th Transportation Law Institute – November 2017

Employment Law in the Age of Trump, F&P’s Labor & Employment Seminar – November 2017

Spotlight on Sexual Orientation and Expression Discrimination, F&P’s Labor & Employment Seminar –  November 2016

Managing Difficult Tucking Issues in Jury Selection, DRI’s “Trucking Law in 2016: The Future is Here,” -April 2016

Cargo Claims Presentation, TLA Association Boot Camp – January 2016