Tara Aaron-Stelluto
(CIPP/US, CIPP/E)

5 Star Reviews

“I highly recommend working with Tara. She’s a huge asset for my company, especially as we deal with data, privacy, IP, and more. Tara is friendly, accessible, forward thinking, and brilliant. Very grateful to have found her!”

Aimee R.


“Needed quick turnaround on understanding the risks, responsibilities, and liabilities with a Data Processing Agreement (re: GDPR). Tara was able to engage quickly, was clearly familiar with both GDPR and technology services contracts and provided great advice. Worth every penny.”

William A.


“Tara has been our go-to trademark and copyright counsel for years. Wouldn’t go anywhere else.”

Isaac R.


Read More

5 Star Reviews

Practice Areas:

Tara helps clients across multiple industries and countries with licenses and disputes involving trademarks, copyrights, domain names, software, trade secrets, and privacy compliance. She earned her Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP) in U.S. Privacy Law in 2018 and in European Data Protection Law in 2019. Her clients include data brokers, market research firms, technology start-ups, software developers, and website designers as well as long-standing institutional clients who come to her for representation in copyright, trademark, licensing and privacy. She also assists with the purchase and sale of intellectual property assets. She has on multiple occasions successfully obtained hijacked domain names for the rightful owners, and regularly negotiates service and technology agreements with the largest telecommunications and software providers in the country. She is frequently invited to speak, write, and podcast about issues around data protection and where it intersects with trademark concerns.

Her trademark work connects her with clients and colleagues around the globe, as she assists foreign companies with protecting their marks and their brands in the U.S. while also helping U.S. clients expand their reach to other territories, from Mexico to Macau.

Education:

  • J.D., University of Tennessee, 2004
    Member, Order of the Coif
    Member, Law Review, 2002-2004
  • B.A., cum laude, Vanderbilt University, 1997
  • Semester Abroad, University College Cork (Cork, Ireland), 1996

Honors and Awards:

Recent Publications and Presentations:

Previous Affiliations:

  • Associate, Stites & Harbison PLLC, Nashville, Tennessee 2004-2011

Professional Activities:

  • Chairperson, Copyright Society of the South, 2016-2019
  • Member, Data Protection Committee, International Trademark Association (INTA), 2020
  • Member, Trademark Reporter Committee, INTA, 2018-2019
  • Subcommittee Co-Chair, Trademark Scholarship Symposium, Academic Committee, INTA, 2016 – 2018.
  • Board of Trustees,Copyright Society of the U.S.A (CSUSA), 2015 – 2018
  • Member, Planning Committee, When Trademarks Overlap with Other Rights, INTA (December 2014)
  • Chair, Social Media Committee, CSUSA., 2011
  • Co-Chair, Southeastern Chapter, CSUSA, 2011
  • Member and Past Chair, Nashville Bar Association, Intellectual Property Section
  • Member, SOURCE (Women in the Music Business)

Professional Licenses:

  • Tennessee
  • Certified Information Privacy Professional, US and EU law
More about Tara:

Tara is particularly interested in the ongoing development of privacy laws and how tech companies will have to adapt their data protection practices to stay in compliance. She is a  frequent author, speaker and complainer about the  General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that is significantly affecting U.S. companies and their internal policies around handling personal data of customers and business associates. At the end of 2018 she authored a commentary for  The Trademark Reporter® on the problems surrounding using the WHOIS database for trademark infringement investigation after the GDPR required that all the personal information of domain owners in the European Union be redacted.

She has been a central part of the conversations in the legal profession about the overlap among the various types of intellectual property rights. She was a contributing author for a book on the subject for Oxford University Press  (you can get it here), and has spoken on the topic in London and in Munich.   She has been a guest blogger for IPKat, a London-based intellectual property blog, and has recently.  And of course, she writes when she can for the firm’s own blog.

When she is not practicing law, she can be found working on her 100 year old house in East Nashville, practicing her singing, throwing balls with her rescue dogs Miles and Charlie, or just enjoying the backyard with her husband Jim.

 

Earlier Presentations and Publications: