Law School & Education

George Mason University Law School
  • Juris Doctor
  • Arlington, VA

George Mason University Law School

Juris Doctor

Tara graduated from George Mason University School of Law in December 1994. She was a quarterfinalist in the Moot Court Competition. Tara gained extensive civil and criminal litigation knowledge working during law school. She clerked for a personal injury/asbestos litigation firm and then for U.S.Pretrial Services administering a diversion program for low-level criminal offenders. In June 1994, Tara began a post-degree judicial clerkship for U.S. Magistrate Judge Barry R. Poretz in the Alexandria Division of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.

Yale University
  • Political Science
  • New Haven, CT

Yale University

BA Political Science

Tara attended Yale University from 1985 through 1989 graduating with a degree in political science. In addition to being a three-year varsity field hockey player, Tara worked for Yale in various capacities to finance her education. She also was a paid summer intern for the Internal Revenue Service in Washington, D.C. To complement her degree,Tara studied in Madrid, Spain for a semester during her junior year with the Vanderbilt-in-Spain program.

Background & Qualifications

A New Hampshire Court Room

Tara's eighteen years of litigation experience in state and federal courts give her the knowledge and confidence to handle the most complex and contentious cases. This experience dovetails perfectly with her primary practice areas of family law and divorce which tend to be both complex and contentious.

Tara promotes mediation to clients as an excellent dispute resolution tool but one that requires good faith on both sides.

Tara is a member of the following groups and associations:

  • New Hampshire Bar Association
  • New Hampshire Association for Justice
  • New Hampshire Bar- Family Law Section
  • Rockingham County Bar Association
  • New Hampshire Pro Bono Program
  • Yale University New Hampshire Alumni
  • New Franklin School Parent Teacher Organization

Previous Legal Experience

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  • Litigation Attorney
  • Portsmouth, NH

Tober Law Offices - Portsmouth, NH

Litigation Attorney from 1997 to 2014

Tara has 18 years of litigation experience practicing in New Hampshire handling both civil and family law matters. Her practice focuses primarily on family law but has included business contract disputes, personal injury litigation, attorney discipline cases and basic estate planning and probate matters.

Tara Schoff - Baker Hostetler Washington DC
  • Litigation Attorney
  • Washington, D.C.

Baker & Hostetler - Washington, D.C.

Litigation Associate

Following her federal court clerkship, Tara joined the downtown Washington, D.C. office as a litigation associate primarily working on Virginia federal and state court litigation involving employment law, contract disputes and tax cases. Tara left to return to her native Portsmouth, New Hampshire in October 1997.

Law Clerk
  • Federal Law Clerk
  • Eastern District, Virgina

Law Clerk to the to the Honorable Barry R. Poretz

U.S District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia

Tara assisted U.S. Magistrate Judge Poretz in all civil and criminal matters including motions hearings, jury trials by consent, social security appeals (reports and recommendations) and mediation conferences. Tara prepared bench memos, research memos and draft recommendations.

Tara C. Schoff

Memberships & Associations

Attorney Tara Schoff | Top Attorney Divorce
New Hampshire Association for Justice
New Hampshire Bar Association

Client Testimonials

Ian made me feel so comfortable while I went through a traumatic divorce. I felt that Ian really understood what I was going through and was instrumental in helping me achieve the results I wanted.

Family Law Client, Hampton, NH

Before I came into Attorney Reardon's office I was very scared and concerned about both my and my children's future. I left our first meeting feeling confident and I knew that Ian would protect my interests in the divorce.

Divorce Client, Portsmouth, NH

Testimonials are only placed on with prior written approval by a client.

Community Involvement

  • New Hampshire Pro Bono Attorney
  • New Hampshire DOVE Project
  • New Franklin School - PTA
  • Portsmouth, NH Fairy House Tour

Family & Personal Interest

My son

Ian was born and raised in Seacoast New Hampshire. He currently lives in Rye with his wife Katie, his 6 month old son Robbie, and their 3 dogs, Daisy, Jerry, and Jack.

When not working or taking care of Robbie (which isn't often now a days), Ian enjoys skiing, hiking and playing golf.