Tara Aaron, CIPP/US, CIPP/E


tara aaronTara 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.

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 Malta.

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 new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) that was enacted in Europe last year and 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. The landscape is changing so quickly that she will almost certainly need to write a follow-up article in the next few months.

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.

Tara’s goal at Aaron | Sanders is to serve clients in a straightforward way that offers flexibility to lawyer and client alike. When she is not practicing law, she can be found working on her 99 year old house in East Nashville, practicing her singing, or walking (or being walked by) Miles, her two-year old shepherd/hound rescue mutt. Tara is the chairperson of the Copyright Society of the South, a committee member on the Trademark Reporter for the International Trademark Association, and a member of the International Association of Privacy Professionals. She is a former chairperson for the Intellectual Property Section of the Nashville Bar Association and for  Ten Thousand Villages of Nashville, Inc. a non-profit retail store in Green Hills selling fairly traded arts and crafts from artisans in the third world. She strongly recommends that you shop there on your next trip to Green Hills.  A complete list of her memberships and activities can be found below:



  • 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

Selected Publications and Presentations

Previous Affiliations

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

Professional Activities

  • Chairperson, Copyright Society of the South, 2016-2018
  • Member, Trademark Reporter Committee, International Trademark Association (INTA), 2018.
  • Subcommittee Co-Chair, Trademark Scholarship Symposium, Academic Committee, International Trademark Association (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
  • CIPP / US


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