Jessica Tara is a junior lawyer with the firm. She enjoys a broad range of practice areas at this stage of her career, and is particularly drawn to wills and estate planning and estate administration.
Jessica grew up in Victoria and received her Bachelor of Arts with Distinction from the University of Victoria. She attended law school at Dalhousie University where she received its top law scholarship and braved three years of east coast winters. During her final two years of law school, Jessica worked for a senior solicitor where she drafted wills, administered estates, and assisted with real estate transactions. She spent a semester at the intensive Dalhousie Legal Aid Clinic where she represented clients in family and criminal matters at the Nova Scotia Supreme Court (Family Division) and the Halifax Provincial Court.
After graduating with her Juris Doctor degree in 2015, Jessica returned to the west coast to begin her articles. She completed her articles with Pearlman Lindholm and was called to the British Columbia bar in 2016.
In her spare time, Jessica loves to do all sorts of artistic, home improvement, and do-it-yourself projects.
- Arthur Allister MacBain Memorial Scholarship (Dalhousie, 2012-2015), for academic excellence and significant involvement in extracurricular and community activities
- Honourable Angus L. MacDonald Prize (Dalhousie, 2013), for the highest grade in first-year Tort Law
- University of Victoria Excellence Scholarship (UVic, 2006-2010)
- Hector William Hadland Scholarship (UVic, 2010), for outstanding achievement as an undergraduate psychology student
- NSERC Undergraduate Student Research Award (UVic, 2008)
- Heather Cragg Memorial Scholarship (UVic, 2007), for outstanding achievement as a visual arts student