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Ms. Scudder's primary area of practice includes Criminal Law, and Criminal Litigation, both general and complex litigation. She has an emphasis on DUI defense and DUI administrative hearings.

Ms. Scudder completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Florida in 2002 with a dual degree in history and criminology with honors. She also received a minor in secondary education. While attending the University of Florida, she was on the Dean's List of Distinguished Students in Spring 2001 and Spring 2002. Also, she was a member of Alpha Phi Omega, a co-ed service fraternity, and held several leadership positions. Ms. Scudder received her Juris Doctorate from Stetson University College of Law in December of 2005. While there, she received the William F. Blews Pro Bono Service Award and the Victor O. Wehle Trial Advocacy Award. While in school, she was a member of Phi Alpha Delta legal fraternity, in which she held a leadership position.

Prior to joining Epstein & Robbins in January 2009, Ms. Scudder worked for the Office of the Public Defender 4th Judicial Circuit in Jacksonville, Florida from 2006 to 2009. At the Public Defender's Office, she handled a range of cases from municipal code violations to misdemeanors while in County Court. Ms. Scudder was the first attorney in the circuit to successfully defend a DUI at trial using the video surveillance video from the Duval County Jail. In Circuit Court, she handled cases ranging from third degree felony charges to first degree felony charges, some of which were punishable by life. She was also instrumental in the introduction and training of new attorney's to both County and Circuit Courts.

Ms. Scudder currently resides in Jacksonville with her husband, a Naval Officer, and their two dogs. Ms. Scudder is a fourth generation Floridian who has previously resided in Delray Beach, Gainesville and St. Petersburg Florida.



Practice areas


  1. DUI & DWI: 75%
    10 years
  2. Criminal Defense: 20%
    10 years
  3. Administrative Law: 5%
    7 years

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    Tara Scudder is one of the hardest working attorneys I have ever worked with. She is very talented and extremely driven to succeed for her clients. She has an excellent reputation in the legal community.


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Epstein & Robbins

233 E Bay St
Suite 1125
Jacksonville, FL, 32202-3452


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TitleCompany nameDuration
AssociateEpstein & Robbins2009 - Present
Assistant Public DefenderOffice of the Public Defender2006 - 2009
Association namePosition nameDuration
Jacksonville Bar AssociationMember2009 - Present
Florida Association of Criminal Defense LawyersMember2007 - Present
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Stetson University College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2005
University of FloridaHistory and CriminologyBA - Bachelor of Arts2002