Simplifying The Legal Process Of Divorce And Family Law For Our Clients

Attorney Tara L. Smith

Practice Areas

  • Family Law


Prior to graduating from law school, Tara both managed and served as an inside sales representative at an independent manufacturers' agency in the commercial construction industry. Tara's twelve years of experience in representing numerous manufacturers in the Upper Midwest - serving architects to end users - helped her hone skills equally important to the practice of law: impeccable client service; creative problem solving; and fierce negotiation. Tara relied on these skills, first as a family law attorney at the prominent Minneapolis firm, Walling, Berg & Debele, PA, then as both that firm's chief operating officer and another's legal operations manager for six years. Thereafter, she formed Maxim Smith Family Law PLLC with her long-time colleague before venturing forward as a solo practitioner, launching Smith Family Law PLLC.

Tara participated in the acclaimed Institute for Leadership in the Legal Profession sponsored by the Hennepin County Bar Association as well as the Association of Legal Administrators' pioneering design-thinking course with other daring law firm leaders from across the United States seeking to elevate access to justice.

As a member of Perpich Center for Arts Education's inaugural class, Tara is a classically trained pianist and avid supporter of the Arts.


  • William Mitchell College of Law, St Paul, Minnesota
    • Juris Doctor - 2009
    • Honors: Minnesota Justice Foundation/Achievement in Volunteer Public Service
  • University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
    • Bachelor of Arts - 2006
    • Honors: Summa Cum Laude
    • Major: English Honors
  • Normandale Community College, Bloomington, Minnesota
    • Associate of Arts - 2003
    • Honors: Highest Honors; Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota, 2009

Professional Associations

  • Association of Legal Administrators, Verdict Newsletter Editor (2018-present; 2014-2015); Membership Development Committee (2018); Communications Committee (2014-2015); Member (2014-present)
  • Minnesota State Bar Association, Member (2009-present)
  • Hennepin County Bar Association, Member (2009-present)
  • Ramsey County Bar Association, Member (2009-2018)
  • Minnesota Women Lawyers, Member (2010-present)
  • American Bar Association, Member (2009-2017)
  • Legal Marketing Association, Member (2015-2017)
  • Society for Human Resource Managment, Member (2014-2017)
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, Member (2010-2017)
  • Cooperative Practice Network of Minnesota, Executive Committee Chair (2009-2014), Founding Member (2009-2017)

Published Works

  • Cooperative or Collaborative Practice Models: Using ADR to Meet Clients' Needs for Unbundling, Family Advocate (American Bar Association Section of Family Law), Vol. 35, No. 2, Fall, 2012
  • Cooperative Practice: The Flexible ADR Framework, Co-Authored with Lisa J. Kallemeyn, Esq., Family Law Forum (A Publication of the Minnesota State Bar Association Family Law Section), Vol. 19, No. 3, Spring/Summer, 2011
  • She Is Strong, She Is Invincible, and She Outearns Him: Husbands Seeking Spousal Maintenance in the Modern Era, Family Law Forum, Vol. 18, No. 3, Summer, 2010
  • Be the Change and Thrive, Hennepin County Bar Association - Hennepin Lawyer

Classes & Seminars

  • Thomson Reuters Learning Week, Customer Panel: Firm Administrators, June 10, 2015
  • Got Money? Program Guest, Lake Minnetonka Community Channel 12, June 4, 2013
  • The Nuts and Bolts of Cooperative Practice, Co-Presented with Terryl Johnson, CDFA and Becca Wong, Esq., Cooperative Practice Network of Minnesota, April 17, 2013
  • Cooperative Practice: The Flexible ADR Framework, Co-Presented with Lisa J. Kallemeyn, Esq. and R. Leigh Frost, Esq., Minnesota CLE Webcast, November 20, 2012
  • Cooperative Practice: The Flexible ADR Framework, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) - Minnesota Chapter, November 02, 2012
  • Introduction to Family Law - Law and the Legal Process Course, Metro State University, October 11, 2012
  • Cooperative Practice: The Flexible ADR Framework, Minnesota State Bar Association, Family Law Section, October 8, 2011
  • Cooperative Practice: The Flexible ADR Framework, Co-Presented with Lisa J. Kallemeyn, Esq., Ramsey County Bar Association, September 30, 2011
  • She is Strong, She is Invincible, and She Outearns Him, Ramsey County Bar Association, December 22, 2010
  • Participation Agreements and Informed Consent: How to Get Your Cooperative Agreement in Writing, Cooperative Practice Network of Minnesota, December 1, 2010

Pro-Bono Activities

  • Guardian ad Litem, Second Judicial District, Ramsey County, Minnesota (2007-2008)