Tara Paulson

Education: 

Augustana College – Sioux Falls, SD, Government and International Affairs, Spanish, B.A., magna cum laude, 2007; University of Nebraska College of Law, J.D., with distinction, 2010

States: 

Nebraska

Industries: 

Automotive

,

Agriculture

,

Construction

,

Energy & Utilities

,

Financial Services

,

Government

,

Health Care

,

Individuals

,

Insurance

,

Manufacturing

,

Nonprofits

,

Professional Services

,

Restaurants, Retail & Hospitality

,

Technology

,

Transportation

,

Tara's practice primarily focuses on employment matters as she guides employers through a wide variety of complex disputes and compliance issues. Tara is often retained as an attorney workplace investigator and trainer on discrimination, harassment, and other workplace issues. Tara has significant experience in employment litigation, including matters involving federal, state, and local employment laws. Tara regularly represents clients in responding to administrative charges before federal, state, and local agencies, counsels employers regarding various labor and employment law issues, negotiates and prepares employment and separation agreements, reviews and revises employee handbooks, and drafts personnel policies. Tara's experience and skill has earned her recognition as Lawyer of the Year (Management) for 2022 by The Best Lawyers in America for Lincoln, Nebraska.

Tara also serves Rembolt Ludtke as its Chief Executive Officer and is responsible for executing the Firm's strategic vision. Among other things, Tara oversees attorney recruitment, employment engagement and implementation of the Firm's growth strategy.

  • Jane Kress v. Tecumseh Poultry, LLC, No. 4:16-cv-03146 (D. Neb. 2017). Successfully obtained summary judgment on claims of disability discrimination and retaliation.
  • Nebraska Association of Public Employees, Local 61 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees v. the State of Nebraska, Nebraska Department of Correctional Services, 2016 WL 536686, January 25, 2016 (No. 1399). Successfully defended State against prohibited practice charge filed by Union.
  • Barnhardt v. Open Harvest Cooperative, 742 F.3d 365 (8th Cir. 2014). Successfully obtained and defended summary judgment on ERISA, FMLA, ADA and age claims.
  • Rosberg v. Johnson, 284 Neb. 104, 815 N.W.2d 867, 2012 WL 2865598, Neb., July 13, 2012 (No. S-11-734). Successfully defended incumbent Nebraska Public Service Commissioners in election challenge.
  • Washington v. Resort Lifestyle Communities, 2012 WL 1884901, W.D.Tex., May 23, 2012 (No. A-11-cv-407 LY). Successfully obtained summary judgment on claims of race and color discrimination.
  • Ginsburg v. Concordia University, 2011 WL 839393 and 2011 WL 41891, 111 Fair Empl. Prac. Cas. (BNA) 441, D. Neb., 2011 (No. 4:10-cv-3064). Successfully obtained summary judgment and attorneys’ fees award against plaintiff on religious discrimination claim.
  • The Best Lawyers, Lawyer of the Year, Lincoln, Nebraska, Employment Law - Management (2022)
  • Great Plains Super Lawyers, Rising Star (2018-2021)
  • Nebraska Defense Counsel Association, current President (2022), Board of Directors (2016-present)
  • Nebraska Defense Counsel Association, Rising Star Award (2018)
  • Robert Van Pelt American Inn of Court, Member (2012 – present)
  • Defense Research Institute, Employment Law Committee (2010 – present); The Voice Subcommittee Chair (2012 – present)
  • UNL College of Law Dean's Advisory Committee (2013 - 2021)
  • Friends of Woods Tennis, Board Member (2011 – present)
  • JDRF, Board Member (2017 – 2020)
  • UNL College of Law Young Alumni Council, Member (2013 – 2018)
  • Lincoln Bar Association, Board Member (2013 – 2016)
  • Teach a Kid to Fish, Board Member (2013 – 2016)
  • American Red Cross, Lancaster County Chapter Board, Board Member (2013 – 2016)

  • On the Basis of Sex: Gender Discrimination and Pay Equity in the Workplace, March 2022
  • Can Your Organization Benefit from Employee Assessments?, February 2022
  • New Year’s Resolutions for Your Workplace, January 2022
  • Nebraska Telecommunications Association, December 2021
  • 2021 in the Rearview Mirror: What We Learned That May Help Reduce Your Workplace Risks in 2022 and Beyond, December 2021
  • Biden Unveils COVID Rule for Private-Sector Workers, November 2021
  • It’s a Matter of Faith: Religious Accommodations for Vaccinations and the Workplace, November 2021
  • Lincoln Human Resources Management Association Presentation, October 2021
  • Central NE HR Employment Issues, October 2021
  • All Things COVID: The Biden Vaccination Mandate, Recent EEOC Developments and More, October 2021
  • It’s All So Confusing! Wage & Hour Issues for Tipped Employees, September 2021
  • UNL College of Law E-Clinic Employment Presentation, May 2020
  • Nebraska State Bar Association Business Committee Employment Update, August 2021
  • We Need Bodies! Legal and Practical Issues in Attracting and Retaining Quality Employees, August 2021
  • They Did What?! Recent Employment and Labor Developments and What’s Next, July 2021
  • Lincoln Chamber of Commerce COVID Update, June 2021
  • Part 2: Getting Employees Back to Work (or Off Your Payroll) Without Getting Sued, June 2021
  • Part 1: Getting Employees Back to Work (or Off Your Payroll) Without Getting Sued, May 2021
  • April Fool or The Golden Rule? Time to Test Your Workplace Law Knowledge, April 2021
  • Central NE HR COVID Webinar, March 2021
  • You Spoke, We Listened: Answering Your Most Burning Labor and Employment Law Questions, March 2021
  • Lincoln Chamber of Commerce COVID Vaccine Guidance, February 2021
  • Leave, Leave and more Leave Leaves Employers with a Headache: Federal and State Employee Leave Developments, February 2021
  • Lessons Learned and the Road Ahead, January 2021
  • Make it Worth the Paper It's Written On: Key Considerations in Drafting and Reviewing Employment Agreements in Nebraska. The Nebraska Lawyer (Nov./Dec. 2020)
  • Here Comes Santa Claus…and the COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout! The Latest on All-Things COVID-19, December 2020
  • Now What? How the Election Results May Impact Employment Law and Your Workplace, November 2020
  • Workplace Ghosts, Ghouls and Goblins – Scary Employment Law Developments You Should Beware Of!, October 2020
  • Off Kilter – Managing and Executing a Trial Under Unique Circumstances, September 2020
  • Wage and Hour Roundup: COVID019 Edition, September 2020
  • Workplace Law Whack-a-Mole: Recent Employment and Labor Law Developments That Popped Up, August 2020
  • OSHA: It’s Not Just for Safety Officers Anymore, July 2020
  • NE Chamber COVID Business Liability Issues, June 2020
  • Practical HR in a Pandemic World, June 2020
  • UNL College of Law E-Clinic Employment Presentation, May 2020
  • Steadying the Ship in the COVID-19 Storm: Ten Issues Employers Must Consider Today and Tomorrow, May 2020
  • Getting Back to Work: Legal and Practical Guidance for Employers in the COVID-19 Era, April 2020
  • CARES Act, What This Means for Staff, Caddies, and Instructors, April 2020
  • Coronavirus, Unemployment and Workplace Updates: Part 4, April 2020
  • Nebraska State Bar Association Coronavirus Legal Update, March 2020
  • Coronavirus, Taxes & the Workplace: Part 3, March 2020
  • Coronavirus & the Workplace, Part 2, March 2020
  • Coronavirus & the Workplace – Anything I Need to Know?, March 2020
  • Solving the Human Capital Conundrum: Attracting and Retaining Employees in 2020 and Beyond, February 2020
  • Are Your Employees Partying Like It’s 2020? A Drug/Alcohol Testing Legal Update, January 2020
  • “Obesity. A Big Problem for Employers?” For the Defense. DRI Publication (January 2016)
  • “Discovering Social Networking Sites” Nebraska Defense Counsel Association Newsletter (May 2013)
  • “It’s All About the Fundamentals: Six Points to Written Discovery that Every Lawyer Should Know” Nebraska Defense Counsel Association Newsletter (August 2011)
  • “Avoiding Common Misconceptions: Seven Things About Depositions That We Think We Know But Don’t” Nebraska Defense Counsel Association Newsletter (December 2010)

View Related Attorneys

Alan Slattery

Business and General Counsel

|

Business Formation, Governance and Succession Planning

|

|

Estate Planning and Administration

|

Intellectual Property and Technology

|

Real Estate

|

Kurth Brashear

Business Formation, Governance and Succession Planning

|

Estate Planning and Administration

|

|

Tax

|

Mergers and Acquisitions

|

Public Entities and Government

|

Sami Segelke

Business and General Counsel

|

Business Formation, Governance and Succession Planning

|

|

Business and General Counsel

|

Estate Planning and Administration

|

Agriculture

|

Our Service to You

If you are interested in contacting one of our professionals, you may do so directly through the contact information contained in our team biographies.

See AttorneysOur Locations