Shifra Tarica joined the firm in July 2019, following her role representing public boards of education and private institutions at a prominent New Jersey education law firm.
Ms. Tarica concentrates her practice on insurance coverage litigation and all areas of school law including: IDEA, Section 504, student discipline, Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act, student residency, civil rights, tenure, FERPA, OPRA, and OPMA.
Ms. Tarica’s in-depth knowledge of special education law and familiarity with parent advocates, attorneys and experts allows for collaboration and creative solutions between parties without the need for protracted litigation. However, when a resolution is not possible, Ms. Tarica works closely and extensively with clients to defend school districts in due process proceedings, from inception through trial.
Ms. Tarica routinely provides in-service trainings on a broad variety of school law and special education topics for school administrators, district personnel, and child study teams. She also conducts lectures and workshops for other educational institutions and organizations, including the New Jersey School Boards Association.
In addition to her education practice, Ms. Tarica worked closely with healthcare professionals and educators within the School of Health and Medical Sciences at Seton Hall University to support their application for federal funding for personnel training in special education content areas. This endeavor resulted in a grant award totaling more than $1.2 million from the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Program, and the subsequent development of the University’s esteemed “Project Write to Learn” graduate program. Shifra continues to collaborate with the program’s directors, and meets annually with the students to provide IDEA related training and guidance.
Ms. Tarica holds a J.D. from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where she was selected to serve as the student speaker at the 2006 commencement ceremony. Prior to law school, Ms. Tarica graduated Magna Cum Laude from Stern College for Women with a degree in Psychology. After law school, Ms. Tarica practiced commercial litigation at a top plaintiffs’ law firm in New York City, where she specialized in federal securities class action litigation. She is also a family mediator, certified by the Kukin Program for Conflict Resolution.
Ms. Tarica is a member of the bars of the State of New Jersey and the State of New York. She is also admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey.
Ms. Tarica is a member of Methfessel & Werbel’s Employment and Civil Rights Practices Group under the direction of Eric L. Harrison.