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Tara Kayte Shoemaker

Family Attorney at Frederick, MD

5.0   6 reviews
  • Licensed for 16 years
    State MD
    Acquired 2007
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Tara

Learn Tara’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Family
    Divorce, Custody, Paternity, Contempt, Separation, Child Support, Domestic Violence Cases, Protective Orders, Peace Orders.

    16 years, 500 cases

  2. Criminal defense
    Misdemeanors, Felonies, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of Paraphernalia, Possession of CDS - Not Marijuana, Heroin, Cocaine, Suppression Hearings, Assaults, Reckless Endangerment, Sex Abuse of a Minor, Illegal Dumping, Dangerous Dogs, Thefts, Theft Scheme, Burglary, Trespassing, Contracting Without a License, Auto Theft, Unauthorized Use.

    16 years, 200 cases

  3. DUI and DWI
    DWI/DUI, DUI Per Se, Driving Under the Influence of Controlled Dangerous Substance, & Other Serious Traffic Cases.

    16 years, 200 cases

  4. Personal injury

    16 years


Attorney at Law Office of Tara Shoemaker, Esq. LLC

I work as a Trial Lawyer handling: Divorce/Family Law Lawyer, Child Custody Lawyer, Child Support, DSS Appeals, Criminal Defense, Possession, Distribution, Assaults, Battery, Auto Theft, Reckless Endangerment, Felonies, Misdemeanors, DWI/DUI, Traffic Cases, Auto Accidents, Personal Injury Cases, Bankruptcy, Foreclosure Defense, Antitrust Consulting, and Civil Litigation.

 My firm was the Recipient of Maryland State Bar Association 2013 PBRC "Small Firm of the Year" Award and featured in Maryland State Bar Association Bar Bulletin "Small Firm Sets Big Example", and I have been featured in the Frederick News Post.

 In 2014, I was named one of the "Top 100 Criminal Defense Lawyers" by the National Trial Lawyers.  

In 2015, I was named one of the Top 10 Criminal Defense Attorneys in MD by the American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys.  I also was named one of the "Top 3 Attorneys" by Frederick Magazine.  

In addition to a general trial practice, I have completed additional training to serve as a Childrens Best Interest Attorney, Famliy Law and General Civil Practice Mediator, and a Parent Coordinator.

I frequently volunteer my time on behalf of victims of domestic violence and sexual assault through Heartley House.  My volunteer work with Heartley House has been featured in the Frederick Gorilla Magazine. 

My Contact Information:


Tara Shoemaker, Esq 

Law Office of Tara Shoemaker, Esq. LLC

129-10 West Patrick St. 

2nd Floor

Frederick, Maryland 21701






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In 2014, I was honored to receive the MD State Bar Association "Small Firm of the Year" Award from Chief Judge Bell, just before his retirement.
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Tara Kayte Shoemaker
Tara Shoemaker Esq 129 10 W Patrick St 2nd Fl
Frederick, MD, 21701


5.0 / 5.0
  6 customer reviews
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Posted by Chris | February 20, 2014
High recommendations for Tara Shoemaker Esq
Tara is an awesome lawyer. Not only was she knowledgeable in my case and the options I had, she was attentive to my case and very reachable when needed. During my child custody case she was knowledgeable of the various mediators in the area, what all of my options were, and what potential outcomes were possible based on which option I were to take. She fought for me during my child custody case for over a year against a bitter mother and in the end, I was very pleased to be awarded joint legal rights and court ordered visitation. Nearly a year after visitation rights were ordered by the court, the mother broke the terms of our parenting contract and I immediately knew where to turn to. Tara continued her help with the same diligence as before. My case was promptly resolved and I couldn't have been happier. I strongly recommend Tara Shoemaker Esq for representation of any child custody related matters. It has now been 3 years after I was awarded joint legal custody with visitation rights. Without her, I would most likely not have any parental rights or visitation with my now 5 year old son.
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Posted by John | December 12, 2014
I made a bad decision, but not with the lawyer that I chose.
On receiving my third DUI I was extremely concerned as how the possibility of losing my licence would affect my ability to work. Tara was respectful and extremely competent and professional in the handling of my case and as a result I was able to keep my license and suffered less consequences on my third DUI conviction than any of my co-workers at the time (or anyone that I know at all for that matter) had to deal with on their first or second offence. When asked how this transpired I replied that I had an excellent lawyer-Tara Shoemaker. I refer Tara to my friends and family in need of a lawyer exclusively and can not recommend her highly enough.
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Posted by anonymous | April 18, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Tara has compassion, intelligence, expert skills, experience, passion, a desire to win among many other positive attributes! She is the one to call to WIN YOUR case! Tara made the impossible possible for my son and me in my custody case against my abusive ex-husband. She helped my son and me have a second chance at a happy, safe life and we are now living happily ever after! Tara speaks and wins with her heart, expertise and experience. I'm so thankful Tara was on our side, I'm forever thankful and grateful for all she did for me and my son!
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Posted by Candy | March 22, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly recommend Tara Shoemaker Esq
Tara is simply the best. She went above and beyond to help me out with a pressing legal matter with a positive outcome. I would highly recommend her to anyone needing legal services.
Posted by anonymous | December 11, 2014
I adore Tara!
Tara was an amazing support through some frightening and dark times. All worked out well in the end, and I'm grateful for all she did. She was simply amazing, comforting and professional. Glad she was there for our family.
Posted by Pamela | December 6, 2014
Best Attorney in Frederick
Tara made a bad situation very easy to deal with. She was professional and efficient. Her knowledge and her friendly smile put me at ease.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 300-300 per hour
  • Contingency 33%-40%
  • Pro bono 10 %
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.2 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Tara K. Shoemaker & Associates
  • 2007 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Russell & Heffner, LLC
  • 2009 - 2011
  • Consultant
  • American Antitrust Institute
  • 2006 - 2007
  • Clerk
  • Honorable Chief Judge G. Edward Dwyer
  • 2006 - 2006
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  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Marital Property Mediation
  • 2015
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Child Access Medation
  • 2015
  • Cooperative Parenting Institute
  • Parent Coordination Training
  • 2015
  • University of Baltimore School of Law
  • J.D.
  • 2007
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Sample of Legal Cases

  • Lawson v. Paulson
  • Mother awarded sole legal and physical custody of child. Father ordered to pay Mother $11,685.90 in attorneys fees. Father ordered to pay child support arrearage in the amount of $14,088.00 in addition of current support.


  • Maryland State Bar Association, Agricultural Law Committee
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Frederick County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top 3 Frederick Lawyers
  • Frederick Magazine
  • 2015
  • Top Lawyer
  • Global Directory of Who's Who
  • 2015
  • Top 10 Client Satisfaction
  • American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys
  • 2015
  • Top 100 Trial Lawyers
  • National Trial Lawyers
  • 2014
  • Small Firm of the Year
  • Maryland State Bar Association PBRC Committee
  • 2013
  • Pro Bono Resource Center- Small Firm of the Year
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • 2013
  • Children's Best Interest Attorney Training
  • Maryland State Bar Association
  • 2008
  • Stephen L. Snyder Litigation Fellow
  • University of Baltimore
  • 2006
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  • Frederick Gorilla Magazine
  • Compassionate Representation in the Most Difficult Circumstances
  • 2015
  • Maryland Bar Bulletin
  • "Small Firm Sets Big Example"
  • 2014

Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (2)
Endorse Tara
Family Attorney | Jun 19
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"No-nonsense Attorney who works hard for her clients and makes a good name for Lawyers."
Alimony Attorney | Apr 09
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"She got more money for her client than I would have the balls to even ask for. The aggressive and swings for the fence!"
Family Attorney | Aug 16
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I’ve collaborated with Tara in a high-conflict child support contest in which she fairly and fiercely represented the children’s interests. She led the initiative to have psychotherapists appointed by the Court to conduct family therapy to repair damaged relationships, and was creative in suggesting reconciliation strategies as alternatives to continuing litigation through a costly and acrimonious trial. Tara knows the law, the courts, and the community of lawyers and other professionals that serve childrens’ best interests. I recommend her without reservation."
DUI and DWI Attorney | Aug 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Dec 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Tara Shoemaker, Esquire fights hard for her clients going above and beyond the standard accepted practice to ensure the best possible outcome in each and every case. She is very knowledgeable about Maryland law and about the court system in general. Tara treats her clients with the respect they deserve. I recommend Tara Shoemaker, Esquire."
Family Attorney | Dec 15
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"this lawyer is knowledgeable, professional, and respectful."
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