Consulting Director & Case Strategist (Non-Attorney)
Tara Makhmali is a consulting director and case strategist at Fensterstock, P.C. Tara combines her Project Management Professional (“PMP”) certification with her background in technology, advertising, and storytelling to offer the firm an exceptional and unique perspective on case management, team building, and strategy. Tara has an innate ability to read people and situations on the fly, which gives Fensterstock, P.C. an advantage when taking, or defending, depositions, conducting trial witness examinations, and negotiating agreements.
Prior to joining Fensterstock, P.C., Tara was the founder of CommonSmarts Media, L.L.C., a consulting company, and the author of Misswired, a literary mystery that was featured by Kirkus Reviews and the Jersey Journal. In early 2018, Tara was featured by Hoboken Girl and in SWAAY magazine. Tara has worked in various leadership capacities for notable companies such as Pearson Publishing, FCB Advertising, Bridgewater Associates, and HBO. From leading award-winning educational programs, to designing progressive recruiting frameworks, to implementing large-scale enterprise systems, to assisting litigators in discovery and trial, Tara excels in all facets of the goal-setting and problem-solving processes.
From May 2018 to July 2019, Tara was a litigation and trial strategy consultant to Fensterstock, P.C. on a complex commercial litigation involving the efficacy and valuation of a large-scale insurance policy administration system—and the contractual obligations of former shareholders of an insurance company, and a third-party technology systems and services provider—before, during, and after the sale of an insurance company to its new owners for over $63 million. After a four-day bench trial before the Honorable Justice Ostrager of the Supreme Court of New York, Commercial Division, the client was awarded a nearly $5 million judgment.
Tara has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Massachusetts in Boston where she wrote for the student newspaper. Prior to transferring to Umass-Boston as a tuition-free scholar, she attended Northeastern University where she was on the Dean’s List, completed the requirements for the Communication Studies major, and was also the Coordinator of the Tobacco Control Resource Center and the Public Health Advocacy Institute, two legal think-tanks that were sister organizations. She also studied abroad at Bond University in Australia in 2002 with a concentration in Organizational Communications, and, since 2010, she has been a PMI-certified Project Management Professional, PMP, in good standing for three renewal periods. In 2021, she earned her certificate in Negotiation Mastery from Harvard Business School Online, where she was among the top performers. She is currently enrolled in the Professional Mediation executive certification program at Cornell.