Tara Lee, Co-Chair of the firm's National Trial Practice, was named the 2017 U.S. Trial Lawyer of the Year by Benchmark Litigation. Her practice focuses on civil litigation, white collar and corporate crime and investigations. She has received numerous awards for her skills as a trial advocate and has been consistently ranked as one of America’s leading lawyers by Chambers USA. In 2018, she was also highlighted in Global Investigation Review's Top 100 Women in Investigations. She has also been named as one of the top female Powerbrokers in Law by Law360, as a Pioneer and Trailblazer in Litigation by The National Law Journal and as one of the Ten Most Innovative Lawyers in the U.S. by The Financial Times. While serving in the Jag Corps, she was named the ATLA Outstanding Trial Lawyer.
Her litigation and investigations practice includes complex cases, multi-jurisdictional cases, class actions, and some of the highest profile civil litigation cases and white collar/ qui tam prosecutions in the U.S. She has particular subject-matter expertise managing investigations, litigation, and risk for clients expanding into the global marketplace and operating in emerging markets and unstable environments, and in running high visibility University sexual assault investigations and litigation. She has testified as an expert witness on extraterritorial jurisdiction before the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee and has twice been invited to the United Nations to address UN Working Groups on matters concerning extraterritorial liability and contractors overseas. Previously, Tara served as Co-Chair of DLA Piper’s Global Investigations practice as well as the Global Chair of the firm’s Cross Border Litigation practices. Prior to law school, she served as an officer in the United States Navy, serving in a U.S. Navy helicopter squadron and in staff positions at Wing and AirPac level commands.