Tara Vitale


About Me

Both my parents owned small businesses, so it is very personal to me to see local businesses succeed and make an impact. After moving to Seattle for my JD/MBA, I interned at Apex and I stayed with Apex to build my career because of Apex’s focus on empowering entrepreneurs to make a difference.

I serve local for-profits and nonprofits through formation, growth, and exit strategies. I empower both for-profit and nonprofit founders to establish their new venture correctly from day one. Working with a business from the start builds a solid foundation from the first day they open their doors.

Once established, I continue to partner with clients throughout their growth by assisting with hiring, partnership agreements, customer and vendor agreements, and fundraising. I ensure our clients can accomplish their goals while protecting their hard work.

Additionally, I serve clients who are buying or selling a business. I support our clients through accurately papering the business deal. For sellers, I empower the seller to have a clean break from the sold business. For buyers, I support the buyer by protecting their investment through due diligence and strategic drafting.

Practice Areas

Startups & Formation

  • Forming for-profit and nonprofit entities with state and local agencies;
  • Drafting and managing convertible note rounds;
  • Drafting and managing early stage fundraising; and
  • Drafting and managing employee stock option plans.

Business Transactions & Services

  • Employment matters for standard employees and independent contractors;
  • Drafting vendor and customer facing agreements;
  • Drafting and negotiating letters of intent;
  • Drafting and negotiating asset purchase agreements;
  • Drafting and negotiating equity purchase agreements;
  • Managing due diligence and impacts of findings on the purchase and sale; and
  • Assisting with dissolutions.

Intellectual Property

  • Filing trademark applications;

Speaking Engagements/Publications

  • Understanding the 501(c)3 Application Process for Communities Rise
  • Corporate Liability & Entity Choice with Leigh Ann Sajor at Chicago Title


  • Seattle University School of Law & Albers School of Business & Economics – Joint J.D. and M.B.A., cum laude, Class of 2016
  • University of Kentucky – Bachelor of Arts, Political Science & Anthropology, magna cum laude, Class of 2013

Volunteering & Community Groups

  • Communities Rise Nonprofit Legal Clinic Volunteer since 2016
  • Communities Rise Microenterprise Legal Clinic Volunteer since 2016
  • Communities Rise CoVID-19 Small Business and Nonprofit Legal Clinic Volunteer (2020)
  • Member of Business Networking International’s Dynamic Downtowners since 2019

Bar Admission

  • Washington State Bar, 2017
  • Kentucky State Bar, 2018

Outside Activities/Accomplishments

  • Running
  • Cooking and baking with family

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