Tara Messing


Tara Messing is on the Board for the Santa Barbara Women Lawyers Foundation and Santa Barbara Women Lawyers, and also serves as the SBWL liaison on the Santa Barbara County Bar Association Board.  

Tara works as a staff attorney at the Environmental Defense Center (EDC), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation that provides legal counsel to other nonprofit organizations.  As the only public interest environmental law firm between Los Angeles and San Francisco, Tara is thrilled to have joined the EDC team. The organization’s mission aligns with her longtime commitment to protecting and preserving the environment.  

Prior to joining the EDC staff in 2017, Tara practiced as a civil litigator in Santa Barbara, handling a variety of cases involving intellectual property, contract disputes, and employment law.  Tara graduated from the University of Maryland Carey School of Law with honors and a certificate in environmental law.