Tara Stark

Mentor and Lawyer


Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours)
Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice
Australian Legal Practitioner


At Leo Cussen

Tara is a Mentor in Practical Legal Training to full time trainees. She is a member of the Civil Litigation and Thriving Topic Teams

Tara is also a Director on the Board of the Satellite Foundation, a non-for-profit organisation supporting children and young people who have a parent with a mental illness.


Before Leo Cussen

Prior to becoming a mentor at Leo Cussen, Tara taught Practical Legal Training as an Adjunct Lecturer for several years. She has been a sessional academic at Deakin University.

Tara worked in personal injury practice at Slater and Gordon for 12 years, providing advice and representation to clients in a broad range of civil matters. She also managed an innovative program designed to enhance the accessibility of legal services to the community in Victoria and NSW.

Prior to entering law, Tara worked in local government and public mental health sector roles supporting children, young people and families affected by mental illness.

Tara has also been engaged as a speaker and community advocate on behalf of many mental health organisations and governmental bodies, with an emphasis on highlighting the role of young carers.



Tara is a member of the Law Institute of Victoria. She is a former member and co-chair of the Law Institute of Victoria’s Young Lawyers Professional Development Committee and Young Lawyer’s Executive Committee. She has regularly participated in the LIV’s mentoring program.


Achievements/Special Interests

Tara’s services to the community have been recognised with an Australia Day Award. She was amongst the Law Institute of Victoria’s ‘Top 10 Rising Stars’ and has been a finalist for the Victorian Law Awards ‘Emerging Lawyer of the Year’.

Tara has developed an interest in supporting the mental health of the legal profession and she is certified in Mental Health First Aid.

Outside of law, Tara enjoys time with her young family and her not-so-young bulldog, who can often be heard snoring in the background of Zoom meetings.