Tara Haupt

  • University of Baltimore School of Law - J.D. - 2011

    cum laude

  • University of Maryland College Park - B.A. - 2007

    Journalism and Philosophy

  • University Honors Citation, University of Maryland College Park - 2007
Practice Areas
  • Business Litigation
  • Asset-Based Lending & Commercial Finance, Equipment Lease Financing and Secured Transactions
  • Bankruptcy, Receivership and Creditors’ Rights
  • Corporations and Unincorporated Business Entities
  • Business Transactions
Significant Cases

Legal Cases and Professional Representations

Peroutka, Jr. v. Kevin Sniffen, et al.

Circuit Court for Baltimore County, Maryland. Represented businesses accused of assisting Ponzi scheme by cashing checks and transferring funds. Obtained dismissal and withdrawal at trial of substantial portion of claims and favorable trial verdict on many others.

Capefirst Funding v. Garrison Courtney, et al., Circuit Court for Fairfax County Virginia, and Jacobs Engineering Group, Inc. v. Capefirst Funding LLC et al., United States District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia

Represented commercial finance company defrauded by CIA imposter Garrison Courtney in state and federal litigation. Obtained seven figure fraud judgment against Courtney and recovered all of client’s funds from Courtney’s employer in federal interpleader action.

Currently represents commercial bank in numerous lawsuits, demands, and other matters nationwide related to large commercial loan facility secured by tax lien receivables.
Represented commercial bank as largest creditor in first successfully confirmed Chapter 11, Subchapter V plan of reorganization in history of United States Bankruptcy Court for the District of Maryland

Obtained substantial recovery in same.

Currently represents largest independent inventory finance company in North America in commercial loan disputes throughout Mid-Atlantic Region.
Successfully defended sexual assault victim in internet defamation actions in state and federal court.
Represented individual alleged to have stolen hundreds of thousands of dollars of firearms and other valuables

Obtained complete defense verdict in civil jury trial.

Served as local class counsel in various class actions against international “household name” corporations.
Routinely represents banks, commercial finance companies and equipment leasing companies in state, federal and bankruptcy court matters.

Maryland Super Lawyer Rising Star 2019-2021

University of Baltimore School of Law
  • Best in Competition; Best Brief – 2010 Byron L. Warnken Annual Moot Court Competition
  • Highest grade (A+) in class, Contracts I (2008); Law and Literature (2011)

Eagle Scout, Boy Scouts of America

Government Service
  • Judicial Clerk, Hon. James R. Eyler, Maryland Court of Special Appeals, 2011-2012
  • Law Clerk, Federal Communications Commission, 2010
  • Law Clerk, Maryland Attorney General, Office of General Assembly Counsel
  • Law Clerk, Maryland Office of the Public Defender, Appellate Division, 2009-2010
  • Judicial Intern, Honorable Glenn T. Harrell, Jr., 2009
Community Service
Pro Bono Intern, DLP Piper, 2011

    Allen v. Dackman: Subsequent Developments and Unanswered Questions Regarding Its Impact and Potential Impact on Limited Liability Principles
    Maryland Bar Journal, September 2014

    Assistant Editor, American Bar Association’s Commercial Lending Law – A State-by-State Guide

    Assistant Editor, American Bar Association's The Law of Guaranties – A Jurisdiction-by-Jurisdiction Guide to U.S. and Canadian Law

Teaching Experience

University of Baltimore School of Law - Professional Roles and Contributions

University of Baltimore School of Law

Teaching Scholar, 2010-2011

Adjunct Professor

Coach, National Moot Court Team, 2012-2015

Coach, Wagner Labor and Employment Law Moot Court Competition, 2015-2017

Instructor, Introduction to Advocacy

Frequent Guest Coach and Judge for various moot court teams

Introduction to Federal Practice Program, 2022

Presented on Federal Rules of Evidence with the Hon. Paula Xinis, United States District Judge for the District of Maryland

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