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

Metropolitan State University, B.S., 2003, With Highest Honors

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  • Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court District of Minnesota
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Tara Duginske is a member of the Business Litigation section and Appellate practice group. She practices principally in the areas of:

  • General business litigation
  • Appellate law
  • Property and personal injury defense
  • Railroad and utility industry litigation
  • Labor and employment

Tara represents clients in federal and state courts with respect to a wide variety of matters such as property and personal injury claims, Federal Employers' Liability Act (FELA) and railroad defense work, toxic tort litigation, public utility law and employment matters. A significant part of her litigation work has involved representing public utilities in matters involving stray voltage claims and alleged exposure to harmful levels of underground current and representing railroad companies in crossing litigation matters.

Tara recently worked as in-house counsel for a Class I railroad, where she focused on employment matters, including defending against employment discrimination claims brought under the various federal and state laws including Title VII, the Americans with Disabilities Act and whistleblower claims under the Federal Rail Safety Act.

In the community, Tara is involved at William Mitchell College of Law, where she is an adjunct professor and mentors students. She is also actively involved in pro bono work. Tara helped develop and initiate an appellate pro bono program with the State Public Defender’s Office, which pairs attorneys at law firms interested in pro bono appellate work with the Public Defender's Office. 

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 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.

Honors & Awards

  • 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