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Tara Renee Burd

Litigation Attorney at San Diego, CA

5.0   4 reviews
  • State Years
    California - CA 12 years
    Indiana - IN Licensed
  • Licensed for 12 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2011
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed
    State IN
    Acquired N/A
    Temporary Admission No misconduct found

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About Tara

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Practice areas
  1. Litigation
    I have extensive probate and trust litigation experience, including Marvin actions, community property disputes, employment disputes, property disputes, anti-trust matters, mass torts, breach of contract disputes, and multi-forum litigation.

    13 years

  2. Estate planning
    To avoid probate, clients need to have an estate plan with a trust. We help individuals with estates under $5 million to put there assets in a simple, manageable trust.

    11 years

  3. Probate
    Probate is the process of distributing an estate when the assets are not within a valid trust.

    13 years

Tara R. Burd brings extensive probate and trust litigation experience, with a specific emphasis on complex trust litigation, probate avoidance estate planning, probate administration, and professional liability defense. She regularly practices in both civil court and probate court, and is familiar with the procedures and processes of each.

Throughout her career, Ms. Burd has handled a wide variety of matters including Marvin actions, community property disputes, employment disputes, property disputes, anti-trust matter, mass torts civil rights cases, and breach of contract matters, in state, federal, and out-of-state courts. This diversity of experience contributes to her ability to handle complex and multi-forum matters, and to advise trustees in multi-faceted administrations or disputes. She is also able to craft strategies for clients to reduce or eliminate the risk of litigation through creative and proactive solutions.

Ms. Burd is active in the community as a Representative on the Board of the California Lawyers Association (CLA), nominated by the Real Property Law Section after serving as it’s Co-Chair. Within CLA, she also serves on the Health and Wellness, and Membership Committees, and led the CLA’s Online Research and Publication Services Committee, testing and demonstrating cloud-based products to be offered as a member benefit. In 2018, she was appointed to serve on The State Bar of California’s Access Through Innovation of Legal Services (ATILS) Task Force, which is tasked with reevaluating rule and laws applicable to the practice of law for the purpose of increasing access to justice through the use of technology and innovation.

Locally, Ms. Burd serves as a Past President of the Irish-American Bar Association and is involved in the Association of Business Trial Lawyers, Lawyers Club of San Diego, Probate Attorneys of San Diego, and the San Diego County Bar Association. She has also served as a volunteer judge of the St. Patrick’s Day Parade from 2016 through 2019, and volunteer judge for the Miss Colleen Pageant in 2018.

Ms. Burd is the recipient of the AV®-Preeminent™ peer review rating by Martindale-Hubbell. In 2017, she was first selected by Super Lawyers® as a Rising Star and has continued to earn that recognition every year since. In 2018, Ms. Burd was named a recipient of the Reisman Award by Clio.

Ms. Burd received her Juris Doctor from California Western School of Law, cum laude with Honors Distinction in Criminal Prosecution and Defense Practice. In law school, she received the Trustees Scholarship and was a member of the Pro Bono Honors Society.

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Posted by Kenny | May 25, 2016
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| Consulted Attorney
Highly Recommended
Tara Burd was without a doubt a true blessing to me and my wife. Our situation seemed unbearable but her ability to not only educate us but help facilitate our issue legally was unmatched. She was available when we needed her and was extremely professional and detailed. I highly recommend her services to anyone who is looking for representation from a smart and savvy attorney. Thank you Tara for everything! I can only imagine the headache we would have endured without your help and expertise.
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Posted by Leah | March 10, 2016
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An Exceptional Lawyer
I had a very difficult case, though I am sure they all are, and had a consult with Tara Burd. Tara was the third lawyer I interviewed, and although ultimately the case was settled a different way than with attorney's, I would have hired her over all the others. I was impressed with the meeting as Ms. Burd addressed issues that were overlooked by the other attorneys. I unfortunately have had to hire many lawyers for different business reasons over the last few years. Tara was most impressive. Her professionalism and intellect were clear, but she also had a true kindness and concern over my situation. I was and am highly impressed with her both personally and professionally. Very impressed.
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Posted by James | February 20, 2016
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Hire this lawyer
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Posted by David | March 9, 2012
Client testimonial for law offices of Tara Burd
To Whom It May Concern: I recently used The Law Offices of Tara Burd to review the Software License Agreement for my recently completed software product at my new startup company. I had a serviceable template, which I had then made several customizations and wanted an attorney specializing in contracts to review the modified agreement. I would like to note the following about my experience: • The contract was reviewed and resulted in a Software License Agreement that I am confident with and will actually use. • My parameters and priorities were followed during review • Ms. Burd provided useful strategic advice for both my product’s billing model and Software License Agreement policy. • Ms. Burd used useful analogies to help explain legal jargon I was unfamiliar with. • All interactions were prompt and professional. Overall I had a positive experience and would recommend The Law Offices of Tara Burd. I also plan to be a returning client should the need arise. Sincerely, ESCROWWEB LLC, A California Limited Liability Company David Jentz, Managing Member
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AVVO RATING 9.7 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Litigation Attorney
  • Pavone & Fonner LLP
  • 2013 - Present
  • Principal
  • T.Burd Law Group
  • 2011 - Present
  • Document Review Attorney
  • Bonnett Fairbourn Friedman & Balint, PC
  • 2011 - 2011
  • Document Review Attorney
  • Cooley Godward
  • 2011 - 2011
  • Law Clerk
  • GP Schick
  • 2010 - 2010
  • Law Clerk
  • Multiple Conflicts Office - Public Defender
  • 2010 - 2010
  • Legal Assistant
  • Barrack, Rodos & Bacine
  • 2005 - 2008
  • Legal Assistant
  • Grady and Association
  • 2004 - 2004
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  • San Diego Inn of Court
  • Graduate, Trial Advocacy Workshop
  • 2014
  • California Western SOL
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2010
  • San Diego State Univ
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 2005

Legal Cases

  • Smith v. Schwarzengger, et al.
  • Pending


  • Association of Business Trial Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Enright Inn of Court
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Lawyers Club of San Diego
  • Red, White & Brew Committee Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Wallace Inn of Court
  • Member
  • 2012 - 2014
  • Irish American Bar Association
  • Event Chair
  • 2011 - 2015
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Best of the Bar
  • San Diego Business Journal
  • 2016
  • Women Who Mean Business Finalist
  • San Diego Business Journal
  • 2015
  • Trustees Scholarship
  • CWSL Board of Trustees
  • 2008

Speaking Engagements

  • Savvy CEO Strategies
  • Employment Dispute Remedies
  • 2014
  • Hon. William B. Enright American Inn of Court
  • Jury Voir Dire
  • 2014
  • Savvy CEO Strategies
  • Distinguishing Independent Contractors, Volunteers and Employees
  • 2013
  • Hon. J. Clifford Wallace American Inn of Court
  • Best In-Court Practices
  • 2013
  • Hon. J. Clifford Wallace American Inn of Court
  • Proposition 34
  • 2012
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Attorney endorsements

Received (13)
Given (8)
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Litigation Attorney | Feb 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Tara is smart, tough, and dedicated to her clients. She truly loves the law and it shows in her work."
Litigation Attorney | Nov 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Tara is a very intelligent and resourceful attorney. She is a fighter who will go to great lengths to get her clients the best possible results. I highly recommend her."
Litigation Attorney | Sep 09
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Tara and I have worked together on a number of matters. She is a diligent and tenacious attorney who ethically and zealously represents her clients. I look forward to working with her again."
Litigation Attorney | Aug 24
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Tara is a dedicated and hard-working attorney who fights for her clients. I endorse Tara without any reservations."
Litigation Attorney | Aug 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Ms. Burd is one of the hardest working and most dedicated lawyers I know. I have personally watched her bend over backwards and go far beyond the ordinary to ensure that her clients get the justice they deserve."
Litigation Attorney | Jun 09
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Tara is a consummate legal professional with a personable style. I've had the pleasure of collaborating with Tara, and she always impresses me. She is able to astutely diagnose legal issues while maintaining a practical focus. I wholeheartedly recommend Tara as a general counsel attorney."
Estate planning Attorney | Jun 09
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Oct 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Tara is a top-notch lawyer. She is very good, diligent, cares deeply about her clients, and works really hard to get the best results for her clients. I absolutely recommend and endorse her."
Litigation Attorney | Apr 17
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Tara is bold, devoted, intelligent, and one of the most impassioned attorneys I have had the honor of working with."
Litigation Attorney | Aug 07
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | May 16
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jun 29
Relationship: Friend
"Tara is a skilled attorney who keeps her client's goals in focus at all times."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
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