Tamara was born and raised in southwest Detroit. Her first career choice was to become a nurse, receiving a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Michigan State University. But nursing was not to be the final stop. After practicing pediatric oncology nursing for several years, she decided to make a career change and attend law school. She received a full scholarship and graduated first in her class from Detroit College of Law at Michigan State University in 1997.

Upon graduation, she served as a judicial law clerk for the Michigan Supreme Court, working first for Justice Patricia J. Boyle, then Justice Maura Corrigan, Justice Robert P. Young, Jr. and Justice Kurtis T. Wilder. She learned valuable lessons from each Justice, and their dedication to the law inspired her as she honed her legal analysis and writing skills.

Currently, she works as an attorney in the Practice Area of Appellate Advocacy and Appeals. In this capacity, she addresses challenging and novel legal questions. She researches issues and provides analysis and a robust advocacy in appeals. She also supports the Hewson and Van Hellemont trial lawyers with litigating complex legal issues and dispositive motions during all phases of litigation. Tamara likes to think that she’s doing her part to help the trial lawyers fight insurance fraud.

Currently, Tamara serves on the Board of Directors at the Southwest Detroit Immigrant & Refugee Clinic. She also does work with cat rescue and is a TNR (trap/neuter/release) volunteer.

Tamara loves to travel to foreign countries and explore new cultures. She is an unapologetic Harry Potter aficionado and a truly horrid musician. One of her favorite quotes comes from Snoopy: “Keep looking up…that’s the secret of life.”