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Tara A. Harris
Attorney at Law

I pursued a law degree in order to protect children and fight injustice. Starting my own practice is the next step toward achieving those goals. Since 2003 I have been a practicing trial attorney, and dedicated more than ten years of my career to serving the people of Lewis and Clark County. I have tried more than 40 jury trials, numerous judge trials, and a variety of civil and administrative hearings. I returned to private practice in January of 2015 changing my focus to estate planning, probate, guardianships, adoptions, employment law, general civil litigation, and small business planning. In addition to my legal work, I am an adjunct professor at Carroll College where I have taught Constitutional Law since 2006 and coached the Moot Court Team since its inception in 2008 until its end in 2016. 

I grew up in a small town outside of Great Falls, Montana and learned from a young age the value of hard work and the difference between right and wrong. In 2000, I received my B.A. from Carroll College with distinguished honors, double-majoring in Business Administration-Management and Political Science. I earned my J.D. from the University of Montana Law School in 2003. Today I serve as a member of the State Bar of Montana, and also serve as a Board Member and Chair of the Children’s Alliance of Montana.

I find great satisfaction in being able to use my law degree to help people plan for their future, protect their families, and right wrongs. When I am not working, my husband and I can be found exploring the world through the eyes of our son and enjoying the outdoors.

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Kari Coate
Client Services Director and Legal Assistant

Kari Coate joined Harris Law in February 2017 as the Client Services Director and Legal Assistant. Kari grew up in Helena, Montana, graduating from Capital High School with honors and Carroll College with a B.A. in Political Science. The daughter of an attorney, Kari developed a keen interest in the law at a young age. As a result, Kari competed on the Carroll College Moot Court Team for four years, earning ninth at the national competition with her partner in 2011. In 2014, Kari served as Campaign Manager for a statewide Supreme Court race, resulting in a decisive win.

Kari, a passionate advocate, has traveled far and wide to work with victims of human trafficking. Her zeal for helping others brought her to a local non-profit organization, where she worked as Assistant Program Manager and Case Manager for two years before joining Harris Law. Kari was also the Assistant Moot Court Coach at Carroll College in 2015 and 2016.

When not working, Kari can be found coaching middle school volleyball, enjoying the outdoors, and debating the Griz – Bobcat rivalry with her husband.