Highly strategic and results-oriented advocates committed to excellence in client service.

Tara Wendell

Associate ( Chicago )

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Tara Wendell’s broad, hands-on experience as a summer associate, journalist, and research assistant has equipped her with a suite of skills needed for a successful career as a litigation associate at Riley Safer Holmes & Cancila. In addition to assisting with litigation as a summer associate, Tara developed an in-depth understanding of trial preparation and courtroom procedures and presentation through over a decade of mock trial experience, which included participation in Georgetown Law’s nationally ranked Trial Advocacy program.

Tara is a strong writer accustomed to working on tight deadlines and synthesizing complex information to present to juries and judges. Tara has written full drafts of several motions, discussed new case theories with senior attorneys and partners, and prepared partners for oral arguments. She strategically crafts arguments that promote her client’s interests and prevent the opposing party from controlling the proceedings.

Tara's flexible approach allows her to adapt to the unique challenges of each matter. She values diversity and collaboration and enjoys working closely with clients and teammates to reach successful resolutions.



Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 2023
Dean’s List
Georgetown Law Barrister’s Council, Trial Advocacy Division
CALI Award, Evidence
ACLU Issue Director, Student and Youth Rights

Northwestern University, Medill School of Journalism B.S., Journalism, 2017
Departmental Honors & “Thesis of Distinction” in Legal Studies
Dean’s List
Mock Trial
Women’s Club Lacrosse, President
Northwestern News Network Sports, Sports Director

Bar Admissions

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

Languages Spoken & Fluency

Spanish, Proficient


Community Service

Completed over 500 Pro Bono hours during law school
School Without Walls High School Mock Trial, Coordinator and Coach 
Lacrosse, Official, Coach, and Program Director