Tara Rao focuses her practice on estate planning and probate and trust administration. Prior to joining Hill Ward Henderson, Tara worked at distinguished law firms in Washington, D.C. and Tampa, Florida. Tara was also the principal of The Rao Law Firm, P.L. in Tampa, Florida for many years where she practiced in the areas of estate planning, probate and trust administration, guardianship, and business planning.

She was one of four Florida Bar’s Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section Fellows in 2016, and served on the Executive Council. She was in the inaugural class and is a graduate of the Florida Fellows Institute of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel.

Tara regularly presents and publishes on a variety of topics related to estate planning, estate and trust administration, guardianship, related ethical considerations, elder abuse, and exploitation. Tara has lived in many cities throughout the United States and India. She enjoys writing, traveling, kayaking, hockey (Go Bolts!) and dancing an ancient form of Indian dance, Bharatnatyam. She recently authored a children’s book, Ready to Dance!!

Credentials & Experience


University of South Florida, B.A., 2001

University of Florida Levin College of Law, J.D.,  Estates and Trust Certificate, 2004

University of Montpellier School of Law

Boston University School of Law, LL.M. in Taxation, 2014

Bar Admissions

The Florida Bar

The Maryland Bar

The Virginia Bar

The New York Bar

The District of Columbia Bar

Court Admissions

The United States Tax Court

Professional & Civic

Community & Professional

  • Real Property, Probate, and Trust Law Section of The Florida Bar
  • Hillsborough Association of Women Lawyers


Articles & Publications

How the Sausage Gets Made: The Unintended Consequences of the 2017 Tax Act and the Outlook for Tax Legislation in 2018. Moderator for Panel, American Bar Association, Section of Taxation, May 9, 2019.

Unintended Consequence? A One-Year Review of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. Moderator of Panel, The Women's Bar Association of the District of Columbia and SABA-DV, January 24, 2019. 

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