Women in Business: Tara Phelan Carver
Tell us how and when you began your career in the profession you are in: I began my career in law in 1995 as a judicial law clerk in the Essex County courts. Spending a year watching the court proceedings and meeting the legal professionals who zealously and continually argued on behalf of their clients taught me that I was much more suited to work in an environment where zealous advocacy resulted in adverse parties working together to solve legal challenges and issues. I learned that I would much rather be involved in building someone or something up than taking someone or something down. What is your current position? Partner in a full-service law firm with attorneys who handle sophisticated matters for businesses across the United States and internationally. Why did you choose the field/profession you are in today? I chose to focus my legal practice on real estate and the development of projects because I enjoy solving the complex puzzle of legal challenges they present. When my clients complete a successful transition or disposition of commercial real estate and secure financing for these deals, I am proud to know I contributed to advancing their business interests. Being part of the process of a construction project is especially satisfying when the work is complete and the project is open for business.