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Tara Montgomery Madison

Tara Montgomery Madison is a partner in the Baton Rouge office of Kean Miller. She joined the firm in 2004 and practices in the business litigation and intellectual property groups. She has particular experience in trademark, copyright, trade dress, unfair competition, unfair trade practices, and trade secret matters, including copyright and trademark infringement litigation. She also advises clients on electronic discovery, e-discovery compliance, electronically stored information (ESI), electronic information management, and retention and destruction policies and procedures. Tara serves on the Admissions Committee for the Louisiana Technology Park.

Tara is listed in Louisiana Super Lawyers as a Rising Star for 2013-2019.

Representative Experience
  • Representation of national custom home builder in copyright infringement relating to architectural plans
  • Representation of various businesses and individuals in drafting and negotiation nondisclosure agreements and intellectual property licensing agreements
  • Representation of business and individuals in trademark opposition and cancellation proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board ("TTAB")
  • Representation of businesses involved in complex litigation regarding discovery-related issues, including best practices, document collection, review and production, as well as coordinating and managing teams responsible for fulfilling the client's discovery obligations
  • Representation of a global computer company in complex commercial litigation
  • Representation of a publicly-traded health care provider in copyright infringement litigation
  • Representation of a national drinking water company in trademark litigation
  • Representation of a telecommunications company in false advertisement claims
  • Representation of a publicly-traded advertising company in a wide variety of trademark and copyright issues
  • Representation of an international fragrance manufacturer in trade dress claims
  • Representation of various authors, musicians, and artists in a range of copyright matters
  • Representation of numerous Louisiana companies in protecting and enhancing their brands through Brand Management Programs
  • Representation of various businesses in contractual disputes, including commercial lease disputes
  • Representation of various businesses in pursuing and defending open account claims
  • Representation of real estate firm in Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA) litigation
  • Representation of various businesses in unfair trade practices litigation
  • Representation of various businesses in trade secrets act litigation
  • Representation of various businesses in prosecuting federal trademark applications before the United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO)
  • Representation of various businesses and individual in prosecuting copyright application before the United States Copyright Office

Tara earned a B.A. in Mass Communication in 2001 from Louisiana State University where she was a University Medalist for maintaining a 4.0 grade point average. She earned her J.D. and her B.S. in Civil Law from the LSU Law Center in 2004 and was an Editor in Chief of the Louisiana Law Review. In law school she was a member of the Order of the Coif, the Chancellor's List and the Wex S. Malone American Inns of Court.

  • Admitted, Louisiana, 2004; United States District Courts for the Eastern, Middle and Western Districts of Louisiana; United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit; United States Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • Baton Rouge, Louisiana State, American and Federal Bar Associations; Wex S. Malone American Inns of Court; Young Lawyer Fellow of the Louisiana Bar Foundation
Articles, Publications and Presentations
  • Why Intellectual Property is More Important Than You Think, Kean Miller Hospitality Forum, New Orleans, October 2018
  • What will American be dunkin' in 2019? Loyal Dunkin' Donuts Fans Make the Case for the Value of a Strong Brand, Intellectual Property Law Blog, October 3, 2019
  • Caramel deLites v. Samoas - What's in a name?, Intellectual Property Law Blog, March 12, 2018
  • Disparaging and Scandalous Trademarks Fair Game for Trademark Protection, Intellectual Property.Law, January 18, 2018
  • Understanding All Things "E", presentation to Society of Louisiana Certified Public Accountants, December 2, 2013
  • Understanding The Risks and Benefits of Social Media, Association of Corporate Counsel, LA Chapter CLE, August 2013
  • "Should Businesses Like Social Media", presentation to Entrepreneurs' Organization, 2012
  • Trademark 101, keanmiller.com, June 2012
  • Guidelines for Promoting Your Business Through Social Networking Websites, Louisiana Law Blog, March 2012
  • "ABC's of Trademark Law", LSU Intellectual Property Seminar, November 12, 2009
  • "Guidelines for Promoting our Business Through Social Networking Websites", Kean Miller Business Newsletter, August 2009
  • The Digital Millennium Copyright Act-Stopping Internet Copyright Infringement Without Filing Suit, Around the Bar, January 2008
  • Digital IP: Protecting You and Your Company on the Internet, Kean Miller Intellectual Property Seminar, September 14, 2007
  • Take This Job and Shove It, Kean Miller Business Briefing, March 9, 2007
  • A Crash Course on Intellectual Property Do's and Don't, presentation to National Outdoor Advertising Company, October 2006
  • Washington Legal Foundation v. Legal Foundation of Washington, Much Ado About Nothing, Louisiana Law Review, Winter 2003
  • Contributor, "The Name Game," article in QSR magazine, April 2014
Community Service
  • Board Member, Alzheimer's Services of the Capital Area
  • Alumni Chapter Advisor, Phi Gamma Chapter, Chi Omega Sorority of LSU
  • Past President, Baton Rouge Chapter, Federal Bar Association
  • Member, First United Methodist Church of Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Board of Directors, Big Buddy Program of Baton Rouge, 2005-2010
  • Chairperson, Kean Miller CAUW Giving Campaign, 2012