Tara D. Dunn


Tara D. Dunn concentrates her practice on complex civil litigation matters, including commercial and employment law, as well as criminal defense matters.  Ms. Dunn represents clients in the courtroom at trial and arguing pre-trial motions, and handles all phases of pre-trial discovery.

Prior to joining Todd & Weld, she was an Assistant Attorney General in the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office, where she worked on a variety of enforcement matters, including civil rights, employment, environmental protection, and fair housing, as well as provided civil defense for state agencies and employees sued in their official capacity.  During her tenure, Ms. Dunn obtained a jury verdict for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts following a civil jury trial in Superior Court, as well as appeared regularly in court to argue substantive motions.

During law school, Ms. Dunn was a law clerk for Judge O. Rogeriee Thompson of the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, as well as at the Public Defender Services, Parole Division, of the District of Columbia.

Ms. Dunn serves in the Air Force Reserve Command at Westover Air Reserve Base in Massachusetts, and was recently selected to become a Judge Advocate General.  She previously served on active duty in the Space Command of the United States Air Force.

She serves as a Massachusetts Bar Foundation Fellow, a member of the Board of Directors of the Civil Rights Restorative Justice Project, and a board member for the Massachusetts Black Women Attorneys.

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  • Background
    • Massachusetts Attorney General's Office, Assistant Attorney General, 2017-2019
  • Professional Activities
    • Trustee, Massachusetts Bar Foundation (2021-present)
    • Fellow, Massachusetts Bar Foundation (2019-2021)
    • Board of Directors Member, Massachusetts Black Women Attorneys (2021-22)
    • Vice President, Massachusetts Black Women Attorneys (2020-21)
    • Massachusetts Black Lawyers Association
  • Publications / Lectures
    • Moderator, Fighting for Healthcare Equity, Boston Bar Association and Massachusetts Black Women Attorneys virtual event, February 2021
    • Panelist, Breakthrough Greater Boston webinar on anti-racism in the workplace, August 2020
    • Panelist, Putting Your Best Foot Forward, Black Law Students Association's Black Women in Law Conference (2019)
  • Awards / Achievements
    • Up and Coming Lawyer, 2021 Excellence in the Law, Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly
  • Civic & Charitable Involvement
    • Board of Directors Member, Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project (2019-current)
    • Board of Directors Member, Prisoners' Legal Services of Massachusetts
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