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TaCara Harris is an associate in the Atlanta office of King & Spalding and a member of the firm’s Trial and Global Disputes practice area. Her practice concentrates on representing clients in the pharmaceutical, medical device, consumer products, and tobacco industries in nationwide product liability, mass tort, and personal injury litigation.  TaCara has experience handling all aspects of large-scale, high-stakes mass tort litigation, from early case assessment, through discovery, and on to trial or other exit strategies.  TaCara's practice also focuses on pro-bono work, community service, and a commitment to creating a more diverse and inclusive legal profession.

TaCara earned her J.D. from Vanderbilt University Law School with honors in 2013. While attending law school, TaCara was a law clerk at the Office of the General Counsel of Vanderbilt University, where she assisted the university and medical center with defense of claims, compliance research and policy drafting regarding Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Family and Medical Leave Act, the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act and other state and federal laws. 

Prior to law school, TaCara worked as an intern for the Office of the General Counsel of Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University. She is also committed to pro bono work, including assisting military veterans with meritorious claims seeking benefits and healthcare. 

Publications

  • “Is Forum Shopping for Equal Rights on the Horizon?” Baker Donelson’s Labor and Employment News (May 2014)
  • “Defending Against No-Injury Product Liability Litigation,” CLE Presentation – Hot Topics for In-House Counsel, Nashville (November 2013)

Education

  • Vanderbilt University Law School, J.D., 2013
    • Recipient − Vanderbilt Scholastic Excellence Award for Highest Grade in Legal Writing
    • Recipient − Highest Grade in Pre-Trial Litigation
    • Recipient − McGuireWoods Diversity Scholarship
    • Recipient − Bradley Arant Boult Cummings Diversity Scholarship
    • Recipient − Lloyd M. Johnson (Arnold & Porter LLP) Scholarship
    • Teaching Assistant − Legal Research and Writing
    • Research Assistant − Professor David Williams
    • Recruiting and Retention Chair − Black Law Students Association
    • Semi-Finalist − 1L Mock Trial Competition
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Credentials

J.D., Vanderbilt University School of Law, Dean's List

B.A. Sociology, Vanderbilt University, summa cum laude with highest distinction

Tennessee

U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee

Georgia Association of Black Women Lawyers

Lawyers of Color Second Annual Hot List – Issue 2014 (recognizing early- to mid-career attorneys who are excelling in the legal profession)

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Lawyers of Color Second Annual Hot List – Issue 2014 (recognizing early- to mid-career attorneys who are excelling in the legal profession)

Matters

Served as a member of the trial team representing GlaxoSmithKline in federal court in Chicago in the matter of Wendy Dolin v. GlaxoSmithKline (N.D. Illinois 2017), for the first-ever tried "innovator liability" case

Member of team serving as national coordinating counsel for international pharmaceutical company in Proton Pump Inhibitors Product Liability Litigation involving allegations of acute and chronic kidney disease

Member of team serving as national coordinating and trial counsel for an international medical device company in female pelvic mesh litigation

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Served as a member of the trial team representing GlaxoSmithKline in federal court in Chicago in the matter of Wendy Dolin v. GlaxoSmithKline (N.D. Illinois 2017), for the first-ever tried "innovator liability" case

Member of team serving as national coordinating counsel for international pharmaceutical company in Proton Pump Inhibitors Product Liability Litigation involving allegations of acute and chronic kidney disease

Member of team serving as national coordinating and trial counsel for an international medical device company in female pelvic mesh litigation

Representing an SEC university in a putative class action pending in an MDL before the Northern District of Illinois that alleges the university failed to protect football players from concussion-related injuries

Member of the team serving as national coordinating and trial counsel for GlaxoSmithKline in Paxil®-birth defect litigation.

Member of the trial team representing R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company in numerous Engle progeny personal injury/wrongful death cases pending in Florida

Matters

Served as a member of the trial team representing GlaxoSmithKline in federal court in Chicago in the matter of Wendy Dolin v. GlaxoSmithKline (N.D. Illinois 2017), for the first-ever tried "innovator liability" case

Member of team serving as national coordinating counsel for international pharmaceutical company in Proton Pump Inhibitors Product Liability Litigation involving allegations of acute and chronic kidney disease

Member of team serving as national coordinating and trial counsel for an international medical device company in female pelvic mesh litigation

See more
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Matters

Served as a member of the trial team representing GlaxoSmithKline in federal court in Chicago in the matter of Wendy Dolin v. GlaxoSmithKline (N.D. Illinois 2017), for the first-ever tried "innovator liability" case

Member of team serving as national coordinating counsel for international pharmaceutical company in Proton Pump Inhibitors Product Liability Litigation involving allegations of acute and chronic kidney disease

Member of team serving as national coordinating and trial counsel for an international medical device company in female pelvic mesh litigation

Representing an SEC university in a putative class action pending in an MDL before the Northern District of Illinois that alleges the university failed to protect football players from concussion-related injuries

Member of the team serving as national coordinating and trial counsel for GlaxoSmithKline in Paxil®-birth defect litigation.

Member of the trial team representing R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company in numerous Engle progeny personal injury/wrongful death cases pending in Florida

Credentials

J.D., Vanderbilt University School of Law, Dean's List

B.A. Sociology, Vanderbilt University, summa cum laude with highest distinction

Tennessee

U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee

Georgia Association of Black Women Lawyers

Lawyers of Color Second Annual Hot List – Issue 2014 (recognizing early- to mid-career attorneys who are excelling in the legal profession)

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Recognition

Lawyers of Color Second Annual Hot List – Issue 2014 (recognizing early- to mid-career attorneys who are excelling in the legal profession)