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Tara Barton first joined Johnson Pope as a Summer Associate and subsequent Law Clerk in 2017, gaining exposure to various practice areas. Tara has since concentrated her practice on the area of health care law. She advises on matters concerning health care compliance; licensure; medical staff bylaws; Medicare, Medicaid, and insurance company audits; mergers and acquisitions, and other health care regulatory and business matters.

In addition to her time at Johnson Pope while in law school, Tara has worked as a Law Clerk at a prominent intellectual property law firm, and interned for the Honorable Elizabeth A. Kovachevich at the United States District Court for the Middle District of Florida, Tampa Division. Prior to attending law school, Tara was a mental health counselor.

Distinctions and Memberships

  • Pinellas County Association for Women Lawyers
  • The Florida Bar
  • Volunteer for Guardian ad Litem, 6th Judicial Circuit


  • Stetson University College of Law, J.D., magna cum laude (2018)
    • Stetson Law Merit Scholarship
    • Dean’s List and Honor Roll
    • Highest Grade Designation in Employment Law, Administrative Law, and Higher Education Law
    • Stetson Law Review, Articles and Symposia Editor
    • Stetson Law Student Ambassador
  • Wheaton College, B.A., Psychology (2013)
    • Community Scholar
    • Scholar Athlete
    • Dean’s List and Honor Roll

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