Tara Stark

Lawyer & Mentor


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


At Leo Cussen

Tara is a Mentor in our Practical Legal Training program (part time blended) for law graduates in Victoria.

She is also a Supervising Lawyer in our national Civil Litigation and Consumer Law practice areas.

Outside of Leo Cussen

Tara is Senior Associate in Abuse Law at Slater and Gordon, where she has held a number of roles in several practice areas since 2008.

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

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 mentored in the LIV’s mentoring program and has presented on several panels for LIV careers events.

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.