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Tara Smith-Eckert

Tara Smith-Eckert


NY – New York
T: 212.365.5411 | F: 212.434.0105


Tara is a highly experienced litigator and coverage attorney in our New York office. She proactively handles cases from inception to trial in both federal and state courts. Tara focuses her practice on defending commercial general liability cases involving premises liability and complex construction litigation, as well as automobile liability and products liability. She also handles professional liability matters pertaining to executives, directors and officers, and other miscellaneous professionals. Tara litigates cases involving complex insurance coverage issues and counsels clients on the intersection between contract, tort and insurance coverage law. She also represents reinsurers, including several Lloyd’s of London syndicates, with respect to reinsurance multiline programs inclusive of general and automobile liability, medical malpractice, professional liability and workers’ compensation programs. Tara’s reinsurance practice includes conducting reviews of ceding companies with respect to critical evaluations of operations, management and claim handling.

In addition to her impressive record as a defense attorney, she previously served as a claims attorney for several global insurance and reinsurance companies. In her role as a claims attorney, Tara was responsible for managing and evaluating all aspects of high-exposure claims under primary, umbrella and excess policies. She also handled facultative reinsurance contracts in several lines of business, including commercial and professional liability. Tara also has represented insurance company clients in mediations and settlement negotiations in federal and state actions.

Her experience as both a defense attorney and a claims professional provides a unique vantage point for an effective, client-focused defense and resolution.