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Tara Lyn Sharp

Criminal defense Attorney at Kalamazoo, MI

4.4   55 reviews
  • State Years
    Michigan - MI 14 years
    Pennsylvania - PA 13 years
  • Licensed for 14 years
    State MI
    Acquired 2009
    Status
    Active in Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 13 years
    State PA
    Acquired 2010
    Status
    Inactive No misconduct found

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

About Tara

Learn Tara’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Criminal defense
    50%
    If you’ve been charged with a crime, you may not know where to turn for help. The criminal justice system can be intimidating, and attempting to navigate it alone is risky without an experienced Attorney. You'll need Attorney Sharp on your side.

    7 years

  2. Family
    50%
    Issues in family law can affect any family. Regardless of the family law issue you face, one of the most important decisions you can make at this time is the lawyer you hire to represent you. Let Attorney Sharp help you and your family. Call today.

    7 years

Attorney Tara L. Sharp is the founder and criminal and family law attorney at Sharp & Associates Law Firm located in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Tara has a statewide practice with extensive criminal defense and family law experience. She has been nominated for and received many honors and awards over her 10+ years of legal practice. Tara maintains one of the most sought after multi-specialty law practices in Southwest Michigan.

Tara graduated with cum laude honors from Thomas M. Cooley Law School. She is a licensed attorney in Michigan since 2009 and Pennsylvania since 2010.

In addition to family and criminal law, Tara worked as an employment and labor law attorney on the management side for McCarthy Smith Law Group. Tara also served as the Executive Director of a local animal shelter, and was on the Board of Directors at the Salvation Army, Gryphon Place, and the SPCA. Tara is a member of the Kalamazoo Bar Association and the Family Law Association of Kalamazoo.

Tara enjoys running, doing yoga, and playing with her Yorkshire terrier, Roxie. She runs a small animal shelter, which takes special needs pets without homes and helps find them the perfect home.

Location

Sharp & Associates Law Firm
6312 W. Main St.
Kalamazoo, MI, 49009

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Reviews

4.4 / 5.0
  55 customer reviews
Posted by anonymous | September 29, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommend
If you’re in need of an attorney, most likely you’re in a situation that is undesirable. Attorney Sharp and her team made a very unpleasant situation easier to cope with. She knows what she is doing and listens to what you have to say and what it is you’re looking for. She will not sugar coat things and will tell you every possible outcome dependent on the choices you make, and guide you towards the right path. She realizes that your situation may make you emotional and you may want to make rash decisions, but she’ll calmly tell you the ramifications and help you see other options, if need be. She quickly earned my trust; she listens, cares, is professional, and will stand up for you and what is right. Her team is also very knowledgeable and all around a fantastic group of people to work with. I hope I’m never in need for an attorney again, but if I am there is no doubt Tara is who I will contact. I am beyond thankful for the work she put in and her guidance.
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Posted by Ryan | June 27, 2023
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I highly recommend Tara Sharp & Associates
They're a great group of professionals that exemplify strong character, integrity, time management, and decision making skills. All important attributes as you wear your heart on your sleeve going through some of the most monumental times of your life. It's very obvious that they all care about the impact they have on the individuals and families they represent.
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Posted by Andrew | March 29, 2023
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Custody Case
Tara is great to work with and a fantastic attorney! I started my divorce and custody case with a different attorney and didn't get represented well and lost a lot with my Son. Tara was willing to take the case on, was understanding, personable, and cared about the outcome of my case. She is knowledgeable with family law and will stand up for what is right.
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Posted by Brandon | March 28, 2023
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Excellent attorney
Attorney sharp is wonderful. She’s reliable, patient, and personable. An all around excellent attorney and person. I honestly couldn’t have asked for a better attorney. Unlike most attorneys she cares about her clients and their children. I am so grateful for all of her hard work. So glad we decided to retain Sharp law and associates to fight our custody battle. She doesn’t cave and roll over, she fights and believe me when I say this case ISN’T easy at all!! I trust 100% that she has my daughters best interest in mind and has done everything she can to help me protect her! Thank you attorney sharp, for everything you’ve done and are still doing for me!!!! I’d give you 1000 stars if I could ⭐️
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Posted by anonymous | July 22, 2022
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Excellent lawyer
I was very happy with the service I received from Attorney Sharp and her team. Thank you for everything!
Posted by Rachelle | July 3, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Trusted
Lawyers are very busy and not all emails etc can get answered right away and it's easy to get unsure. However, Tara comes through and shows that she does read everything. She's very personable and understanding of her clients situation.
Posted by Justin | April 14, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Helpful, professional and affordable
My children were living in Michigan and myself in Florida. Due to the living conditions and other reasons my children were not doing well. Tara Sharp helped me set up my case long distance and since I could not be there in person she also set up long distance conference for the court hearing. Since then (2018) my children are happy and thriving now. A pleasure to work with.
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Posted by Allison | March 19, 2022
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Highly Recommend
I hired Tara in 2021 to help with a termination case/step-parent adoption for my daughter. Tara kept me informed every step of the way about what was happening and was successful in winning our case. I am so grateful for her help and will absolutely use her again if need be.
Posted by Brandon & Shelby | March 19, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Awesome attorney!
Attorney sharp is wonderful. She’s reliable, patient, and personable. Excellent at her work. We honestly couldn’t ask for a better attorney. Unlike most attorneys she doesn’t hound you for money, if you work with her she works with you. We are so grateful for all of her hard work. So glad we decided to retain Sharp law and associates to fight our custody battle.
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Posted by James | February 23, 2022
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Custody case
Tara did an amazing job for me she’s very driven and communicates well. She’s a busy lady because she gets things done. If you’re looking for an amazing attorney then call Tara you will not be disappointed!
Posted by John | January 15, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Great Service
We had a traffic ticket from an automobile accident my son was in. Tara did a great job communicating with us and letting us know what to expect. We ended up not needing to go to court as well as a favorable outcome.
Posted by James | November 27, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
YOU WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED !!!
Tara Sharp was amazing... Tara took on a very difficult case after our first attorney dropped the ball. She was very professional, and actually showed that she cared about our case. Her integrity to showing the truth will not be forgotten by us. She was also extremely efficient. Thank you for your advice and assistance - it was successful! It is also most appreciated.I highly recommend them. Thank you so much Tara.
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Posted by Mian | November 7, 2020
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The best
She is a great attorney she helped me with everything I will definitely be using her again in the future she made things very easy
Posted by Tera | November 2, 2020
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Thank you
Thank you for treating me with respect even though I messed up. You helped me to not be so hard on myself. It was drug out with Covid but you never lost touch and always answered my questions in a timely manner.
Posted by Sean | April 10, 2020
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Thank you
Tara is a pleasure to work with she was very understanding and was able to work with me threw this confusing time in my life. I was very happy with the services she supplied and the the way she explained the legal part to me . I would highly recommend her group to anyone. Thank you again Tara.
Posted by Roniesha | January 31, 2020
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Child Protective Service Case
If you need an attorney she is the one for you!!! She will fight for your child like it’s hers. She knows the laws and will make sure nothing gets slid under the rug. She is the best attorney I’ve ever had. I switched attorneys and obtained her and it was honestly the best thing I could have done. She’s a complete bulldog in the courtroom. In a courtroom full of men and a male prosecute she was never intimidated and called out all conflicts. You need her! I am so happy i obtained her and you will be too.
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Posted by Donald | December 30, 2019
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Blessed
Tara has helped me fight for custody of my daughter for years. In the beginning I felt helpless. She helped me to be patient and assured me that the truth would come out, as it has. Im a person who isn’t well versed in the legal world, but I’ve always been well guided by Tara. I’ve always recommended her to all of my friends and family. I recommend her to you all as well Im very blessed to have her in my corner! She saved my daughter from a very bad situation.
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Posted by Alyssa | September 25, 2019
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Beyond blessed
I started off with having my own free attorney through legal aid for a custody battle who bashed me and told me that I’d never get what I wanted. So at that point I didn’t have any clue of what to do, I was on my own. I was living in Arizona at the time but my case was filed in Michigan so finding an attorney out of state was just overwhelming, especially with the previous free attorney I was assigned to. My mother actually came across attorney Sharp and I must say once I had one over the phone conversation with attorney Sharp I knew she was the one. She was so dedicated and determined, her and her team were always on top of everything. Always in contact with me through email and phone. Attorney Sharp was so good that I didn’t even know that I won my case until she snapped me back into the real world after a horrible hearing with my ex and she looked at me and said “you won, we won”, hearing that “you won”, first and then “we” just gave me that sense of relief that I had been needing for these past 2 years. I could breathe and walk out there undefeated. I absolutely couldn’t of asked for a better attorney. Very detailed and stuck to actual facts, hit every point. If anything is to happen down the road attorney Sharp is who I will always, ALWAYS reach out to. Thank you again not only have you changed my life but you’ve helped my two toddlers out as well. We are beyond blessed. Thank you attorney Sharp.
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Posted by Leslie | July 18, 2019
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Divorce and Child Custody
When I met with Tara for my consultation I was scared of everything. Not knowing what was going to happen to my kids or myself. Once I explained the situation and left her office I returned the next day with my retainer fee. I have had full confidence in Tara throughout this whole process. Tara, is caring, she listens, she's straightforward and doesn't let my ex continue to bully me. My case is still on going and I wouldn't want another Attorney by my side. Thank you for all you've done thus far.
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Posted by Laura | July 3, 2019
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Attorney Sharp has been impressive all around
Attorney Sharp has been impressive all around from the beginning. Tara has been very patient with my questions and has been available via text, email and phone. She has been very organized and followed through with everything she said she was going to, has kept me informed though out the process. Not only do I feel like she cares about me, my case, and my daughter, but she is firm and fought for what was right. She understands the system and has gave me good advice though out my case. For this precise area of the legal field it take an exceptional person to be able to stay focused on the best interests of the child, calm down a stressed out mom, and still argue a case in court, professionally. I appreciate everything that Tara has done (and will likely need to do again in the future) for myself and my daughter.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner/Attorney
  • Sharp & Associates Law Firm
  • 2016 - Present
  • Partner
  • Sharp & Gabry, PLLC
  • 2009 - 2016

Education

  • Thomas M. Cooley Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2009
  • Western Michigan University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2006

Associations

  • Kalamazoo County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Kalamazoo County Family Law Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2009 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top 10 Attorney
  • America's Best Advocates
  • 2021
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • 10 Best Under 40
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2016
  • Top 40 Lawyers Under 40
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2016
  • Top 10 Attorneys Under 40
  • National Academy Of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2016
  • 10 Best Under 40
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2015
  • Top 40 Lawyers Under 40
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • 2015
  • Premier 100 Designation
  • American Academy of Trial Attorneys
  • 2015
  • Top 10 Attorneys Under 40
  • National Academy Of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2015
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Attorney endorsements

Received (12)
Given (11)
Endorse Tara
Family Attorney | Mar 10
Relationship: Co-worker
"Tara is an excellent attorney and well respected in the community. Her passion for helping others is perfectly matched by her expertise in law. I'm honored to endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Dec 05
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer because she is caring, prepared, and honest."
Family Attorney | Jun 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Attorney Sharp is excellent, very helpful, and accessible. I endorse her 100%."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Jan 27
Relationship: Co-worker
"Ms. Sharp is committed to achieving the best possible result for her clients, She is approachable and takes the time to know her clients and their needs. Her tenacity as an advocate is well respected in the legal community."
Family Attorney | Jan 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Attorney Sharp. I have come to know Ms. Sharp since starting practice a few years back and have seen her in action in several family court and criminal matters in Kalamazoo County. Every time I have seen her in court she has been thoroughly prepared, and moreover appears to retain positive professional relationships with her clients. I have had no issue referring her matters in the past, and would have no issue referring her family court matters in the future. She is an asset to the profession, her clients, and the local legal community."
Estate planning Attorney | Jan 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ms. Sharp is a phenomenal lawyer with attention to detail. I am happy to provide her with an endorsement."
Unknown Attorney | Jan 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I've known Tara since law school. Her passion combined with intelligence, drive, and work ethic will be an asset to any client. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Tara is professional, trustworthy, and reliable. I have known her for many years and have referred work to her. One of those referrals raved about her representation and service. I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 03
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I know Ms. Sharp works hard for her clients. She understands the law and does all she can for her clients."
Unknown Attorney | Jun 02
Relationship: Friend
"I find Ms. Sharp to be genuinely compassionate for the clients she represnts. Ms. Sharp's star is on the rise and any client would be very fortunate to be represented by such an upstanding young woman like her in or out of a courtroom."
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Kalamazoo Criminal defense Lawyer Tara Lyn Sharp
Tara Lyn Sharp
Criminal defense Attorney
Kalamazoo, MI
Licensed for 14 years
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