Tara Jones Willecke
Tara Jones Willecke
Tara has been practicing family law exclusively for twenty years. Tara is known as a formidable attorney steeped in the facts of each client’s matter. Tara’s reputation highlights her ability in exploring avenues to settle family law matters and disputes outside of court, whenever possible, to minimize the “damage” to the family unit. Tara’s commitment is that litigation should be an option exercised only after careful consideration of the risks including the monetary and non-monetary costs to the family. For that reason, Tara has often been retained by clients who appreciate the non-monetary costs to the family of litigating and by clients who have seen firsthand the cost of litigating and are looking for a straight shooter and a “closer” to bring their case to an expeditious and fair resolution.
While Tara settles the majority of her cases (even if those cases are litigated for a time), there are situations that arise, in which fair and equitable settlements cannot be achieved, even despite great effort and attention. In these instances, Tara deliberately and strategically litigates cases on her clients’ behalf, mindful of the potential damage that certain actions may cause to the family unit–a sometimes unavoidable result of litigation. Tara demonstrates her preparedness, is attentive to detail and is a zealous advocate for her clients. Tara is recognized for her familiarity with, and extensive knowledge of, her clients, their spouses and children. Tara is committed to taking the time to gather this information, in an immersive manner because this information is pivotal in determining whether and how a case can be settled or whether and how a case should be litigated to conclusion.
Tara has acquired extensive experience counseling high net worth individuals (and their spouses) in connection with high conflict, emotionally charged and sensitive family law matters. These matters often include complex valuation issues, tax issues and trusts and estates issues.
Partner, Blank Rome LLP
Of Counsel, Donohoe Talbert LLP
Professional & Civic Affiliations
New York State Bar Association
In the Media
The Happily Married Spouse’s Guide to Divorce: Ten Tips for the Blissful But Prudent, The Huffington Post (2013)
Awards & Recognitions
Best Lawyers in America
National Law Journal’s Family/Elder Law Trailblazers
Education & Admissions
Temple University, J.D. 2002
Villanova University, B.A. Political Science, Business Minor, 1999
New York State Court
New Jersey State Court