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, 2015-2023
- Bar Association of Baltimore City’s Presidential Award Recipient, 2016
- Best Lawyers, Litigation – Insurance, 2023-2023
Tamara serves as General Counsel to the Maryland Retailers’ Association and on the USLAW Executive Committee and served as the Chair of USLAW’s Transportation and Logistics practice group from 2018-2020. She is a member of various professional industry organizations and has held many leadership roles, including DRI: The Voice of the Defense Bar, 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), Chair of the Logistics and E-Commerce Committee and Representative at Large on the Executive Committee (2010–2012); and Trucking Industry Defense Association (TIDA).
Recent Speaking Engagements
Identifying and Addressing Risks Inherent in Expanding Service Opportunities – TIA 2022 Captial Ideas Conference and Exhibition – April 2022
Seconds in Command: Are We Doing Enough to Identify and Prepare Them?, USLAW Spring Conference – March 2022
Managing Stress in Your Personal and Professional Life, USLAW Women’s Connection – June 2021
What a Certificate of Insurance Does Not Tell You, Webinar – March 2021
Global Supply Chains: Were Businesses Asleep at The Wheel at the Beginning of the Pandemic and How to Avoid Similar Issues Next Time, USLAW Short Takes Video – November 2021
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