William Mitchell College of Law, J.D., 2008, Magna Cum Laude
 - Dean's List
 - CALI Award Recipient

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  • Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court District of Minnesota
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
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Tara Reese Duginske is the Business Litigation section leader. 

Tara represents a broad range of businesses in a cost effective and efficient  manner.  She has successfully litigated a wide variety of business disputes including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Property and personal injury claims
  • Stray voltage claims
  • Employment discrimination
  • Toxic torts
  • Products liability
  • Wage and hour claims
  • Issues particular to utility and railroad industries
  • State and federal appeals

Tara previously worked as in-house counsel for a Class I railroad.  Having been on both ends of statements for legal services, Tara understands the value and cost of legal service and how to help inside counsel succeed.

In the community, Tara is actively involved in pro bono work. She developed and continues to administer an appellate pro bono program with the State Appellate Public Defender’s Office, which pairs attorneys at law firms interested in pro bono appellate work with the Public Defender's Office.  Through this program, Tara has argued numerous appeals before the Minnesota Court of Appeals and Supreme Court. 

During law school, Tara was an extern for the Honorable Paul A. Magnuson in the U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota. She also represented William Mitchell College of Law (now Mitchell Hamline) in the New York Bar Association’s National Moot Court Competition, winning the regional competition and advancing to the final rounds in New York City. Tara received the Best Brief Award and was named a “Top 10 oral advocate” in the competition. She has also been an adjunct professor at Mitchell Hamline School of Law, where she coached both the Rosalie Wahl and National Moot Court Competitions.

Honors & Awards

  • Rising Star, Minnesota Super Lawyers
  • Attorney of the Year, Minnesota Lawyer, 2012
  • Outstanding Pro Bono Service Award, Briggs and Morgan
  • North Star Lawyer, Minnesota State Bar Association

Professional Affiliations

Minnesota Women Lawyers, Member

Federal Bar Association, Member

Minnesota State Bar Association, Member

National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel