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Tara A. McGuire

Associate, Louisville

Tara joined SKO in 2015, following her previous career as a professional chef. She brings a business perspective to the Public Finance, Business Services, Mergers & Acquisitions, and Labor, Employment & Employee Benefits practices where she focuses on ERISA and Employee Benefits.

University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law
2015, J.D., magna cum laude
University of Kentucky
2011, B.A.


  • University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law, Book Award, 2012
  • University of Louisville Law Review, Best Note, 2014
  • Brandeis Honor Society, 2014-2015


  • American Bar Association, member
  • Kentucky Bar Association, member
  • Louisville Bar Association: member; Vice Chair, Corporate Law Section, 2018
  • Young Professionals Association of Louisville, 2017 – present
  • Louisville Employee Benefits Council, 2015 – present
  • The ESOP Association, 2015 – present
  • National Association of Bond Lawyers, 2016 – present
  • Fund for the Arts:  NeXtGen Board member 2017 – present; NeXt Arts Ambassador Program, 2015-2016
  • Louisville Project H.E.L.P., volunteer
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Meet Tara

My Focus

My experience with the inner workings of a small business, combined with the concerns faced by business owners and management teams, guides the legal assistance I am able to give clients and colleagues. When federal or state laws change, I communicate those changes to clients, along with steps they can take to stay in compliance. It’s also important that businesses of all sizes are aware of what can happen if they are adequately prepared. Highlights of my practice include the following:

  • Assisted lead attorney as issuer’s counsel for the issuance of $122.88 million tax-exempt conduit revenue bonds to finance and refinance new multi-level senior healthcare facilities in central Kentucky; 2017.



Looking Ahead

This is a season of flux in the corporate arena, when uncertainty about the market, interest and tax rates, employment needs and more are driving trends in multiple directions. The last eight years have witnessed an overhaul of the way healthcare and employee benefits are managed, necessitating major restructuring of not only the types of benefits offered by employers and the way they are administered, but also the financial structures supporting the healthcare industry itself. Shakeups to investment benefits are just on the horizon with the introduction of new laws on the financial advisor’s fiduciary responsibility to the client. As the post-Recession economy stabilizes and bond issuance rates are at an all-time high, fast-rising interest rates are similarly predicted to shake the bond market in the coming months and years.