Tara Schellhorn practices in Riker Danzig's Bankruptcy and Reorganization Group. Tara’s practice focuses on all aspects of bankruptcy and restructuring including the representation of debtors, creditors’ committees, trustees, financial institutions, secured lenders, unsecured creditors and other parties in interest in complex chapter 11 cases. As a result, Tara is well positioned to advise clients on all aspects of bankruptcy. Tara also has experience in bankruptcy litigation including prosecuting and defending nondischargeability, preference and other avoidance actions. In addition, Tara has significant experience representing clients on complex corporate lending issues including the representation of indenture trustees in default and bankruptcy situations. Tara’s practice is not limited to bankruptcy but also includes civil litigation in both federal and state courts.
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 (IWIRC) and as Vice Director of Fall Programs for the IWIRC International Board. She also serves as the Education Director of the Young and New Members Committee of the American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI). In addition, Tara regularly writes and speaks on bankruptcy and insolvency topics. Tara is also involved in a number of other organizations. She is currently the Co-Chair of the Morris County Bar Association's Women Lawyers Committee and a member of 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 2017, Tara was named a “New Leader of the Bar” by the New Jersey Law Journal. A high honor, the Law Journal selects for this recognition attorneys in their second decade of practice whose achievements in the workplace and public service involvement distinguish them from their peers. 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. Best Lawyers in America®, a peer review of U.S. lawyers, has included Tara on its Best Lawyers list in the field of Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights Law for 2020. 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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