Tara Schellhorn practices in Riker Danzig's Bankruptcy and Reorganization Group. Tara’s practice is diverse and focuses on all areas of bankruptcy and restructuring including the representation of financial institutions, secured creditors, unsecured creditors and debtors. Tara has significant experience representing clients on complex corporate lending issues including the representation of indenture trustees in default and bankruptcy situations.
Tara is actively involved in a number of bankruptcy and insolvency organizations and currently serves as Co-Chair of the New Jersey Network of the International Women’s Insolvency & Restructuring Confederation. Prior to being elected as Co-Chair, Tara served as secretary of IWIRC-NJ from 2012 – 2015. She currently serves as the Membership Relations Director of the Young and New Members Committee of the American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI). Tara also serves as Co-Chair of the Morris County Bar Association's Women Lawyers Committee. In addition, she has been appointed to the Board of Advisors of the Widener University Commonwealth Law School.
Prior to joining Riker Danzig, Tara served as Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Raymond T. Lyons, United States Bankruptcy Judge for the District of New Jersey. Tara earned her law degree, magna cum laude, from Widener University School of Law in 2007. While pursuing her degree, Tara served as Editor-in-Chief of the Widener Law Journal and received the Widener Law Journal Award for Distinguished Legal Scholarship. She was also the recipient of the 2007 American Bankruptcy Institute Medal of Excellence for outstanding performance in her bankruptcy coursework. Tara received her undergraduate degree, magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from Gettysburg College in 2004.
In 2013, Tara was selected as the first attorney from New Jersey to participate in the National Conference of Bankruptcy Judges (NCBJ) Next Generation Program, an exclusive program designed for up-and-coming bankruptcy attorneys from across the country. Tara has been included on the Super Lawyers “Rising Star” list for Bankruptcy Law since 2011 by Thomson Reuters. See Awards and Honors Methodology.
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