Overview

Taren represents employers in a broad facet of employment matters including harassment, discrimination, wage and hour claims, workers’ compensation, leave laws, disability accommodation, policy drafting and client counseling for compliance with federal, state, and local laws. She has represented companies in both state and federal court and before administrative agencies including the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the New York State Division of Human Rights and the New York City Commission of Human Rights, New York Department of Labor, and the New Jersey Department of Labor. Taren has also represented clients in matters in Ohio, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Texas and Tennessee, among other states. Taren works diligently to advocate for her clients and to provide them with zealous defense and representation. Both small businesses and Fortune 500 companies regularly call upon Taren to provide advice on compliance with federal, state, and local employment laws, as well as to conduct sensitive workplace investigations. Taren’s extensive experience has helped to quickly establish her as an expert in the area of labor and employment law.

Taren is not only a passionate defender in the courtroom, she also has a passion for the community. Taren founded the Black Young Professionals (BYP), an auxiliary of the Urban League of Rochester, to create a forum for young professionals of color to socialize, network and serve their community. The organization has grown to more than 60 members and has a reach of approximately 1,500 in the Rochester community. Taren is also a member of the Urban League Board of Directors, Dress for Success Rochester Board of Directors, Women’s Council of the Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce and the Sisters of St. Joseph Foundation Board.

Honors & Recognitions

  • One to Watch, Best Lawyers®, 2021
  • IGNITE Future Leader's Award, Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce, 2019
  • Leader in Law, The Daily Record, 2019
  • Top Women in Law Award, The Daily Record, 2016
  • Excellence In Leadership Award, Rochester Black Bar Association, 2014
  • Rochester Business Journal Forty Under 40, 2014
  • Up & Coming Attorney, The Daily Record, 2013

Professional & Civic Associations

  • Monroe County Bar Association
  • Rochester Black Bar Association
  • Greater Rochester Association of Women Attorneys, Diversity Committee Chair (2013-2014)
  • Black Young Professionals of Rochester, President
  • Urban League of Rochester, Board of Directors 

News & Analysis

Client Presentations & Firm Publications

Speaking Engagements & Industry Publications

  • "Keeping firms in line with the law," Rochester Business Journal, January 2015

Blogs, Videos & Podcasts

Blog Posts

Education

Duke University School of Law

  • J.D., 2010 

Spelman College

  • B.A., cum laude, 2007

Bar & Court Admissions

  • New York, 2011
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York
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