Tara Farris Zeller is a proud native of St. Tammany Parish and a graduate of Slidell High School, Louisiana State University, and LSU Law School. Now a resident of Covington, she is the mother of two school age children and a daughter studying at the University of Wisconsin. Tara is a member of The One Hundred Supper Club and is active in her community.
Upon graduating from law school, Tara practiced for several years in a general civil litigation practice in Slidell. Afterwards, she was selected to serve eleven years as Staff Attorney for Judge Donald M. Fendlason and, after Judge Fendlason retired, for Judge Richard A. Swartz of the Twenty-Second Judicial District Court. Tara also served as the Twenty-Second Judicial District Court's Commissioner pro tem for both Washington and St. Tammany Parishes. In that capacity she set bonds in criminal matters, heard motions for protective orders, and presided over non-support cases.
After taking time away from the practice of law to spend several years as a stay at home mom, Tara approached Annie and Buddy Spell and told them that she wished to return to private practice. She was enthusiastically welcomed into Spell & Spell as a partner in January, 2015. At Spell & Spell, Tara manages and oversees the firm’s misdemeanor docket and assists with the ever growing felony case load. She also represents clients before the Louisiana Board of Pardons and Parole and sits second chair at jury trials.
Tara is admitted to practice in all Louisiana state and federal courts.