Tara Moriarty Kumpf is an advocate for employers in all aspects of labor and employment law. She represents employers at the administrative level before the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and Texas Workforce Commission, as well as in state and federal court. Tara also counsels employers on a variety of employment-related issues, including claims of discrimination and harassment, wage and hour compliance, employee relations issues, and disability and medical leave issues. Tara frequently conducts workplace investigations and assists employers in drafting handbooks, policies, and a variety of employment agreements.
Prior to joining Ogletree Deakins, Tara completed a Federal Clerkship with The Honorable Harry Lee Hudspeth, Senior U.S. District Court Judge for the Western District of Texas, in Austin, TX, where she helped manage the docket, analyze summary judgment motions, and brief upcoming issues for trial.
While attending the University of Texas School of Law, Tara interned with The Honorable Lee Yeakel, U.S. District Court Judge for the Western District of Texas, in Austin, TX, where she helped draft final judgment orders and prepare for judicial proceedings.
Tara also interned for the Office of the Texas Attorney General in the General Litigation Division, as well as with a variety of other law firms in Austin. During law school, she was heavily involved with the Board of Advocates and Interscholastic Mock Trial Team, becoming a national finalist at the John L. Costello Mock Trial Advocacy Competition.
Prior to attending law school, Tara was a Teach for America Corps Member in Houston, TX, working as an elementary school teacher for the Houston Independent School District.
While attending Cornell University, Tara interned at the International Labor Organization (ILO), a United Nations agency dealing with labor issues, in Geneva, Switzerland. Tara also worked at a prominent investment bank in New York City as part of its Human Resources department.
Tara is an active member of the Robert W. Calvert Inn of Court, a professional organization designed to improve the skills, professionalism, and ethics of attorneys and judges in the Austin community. She also enjoys volunteering at Austin Pets Alive as a Rufftail Runners member and watching college football.