About Tara

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Tara Adyanthaya, J.D.,
MBE (Master of Bioethics)

I left a job I loved because I saw a real need for someone trained in clinical ethics who understands how hospital systems work, what healthcare providers experience, AND the experience of patients and families. I have studied intensively in the areas of clinical ethics education and bioethics mediation. I am a registered with the Supreme Court of Georgia as a neutral and have studied negotiation and dispute resolution.

I have over sixteen years’ experience as an attorney, five of which were spent in-house at an academic medical center advising hospital ethics committees and providers on compliance with legal and ethical obligations. I have a masters’ degree in bioethics and have participated in and advised on complex ethical dilemmas. I am registered as a neutral with the Supreme Court of Georgia and have specialized training in bioethics mediation. I also have spoken regularly at Grand Rounds, seminars, conferences, taught classes, and provided education to groups about legal and ethical issues relating to patient care and provider, patient, and family obligations and rights.

I am passionate about improving the quality of patient, family, and provider experiences in the healthcare system. We are all better working together rather than against each other, especially in high anxiety situations where much is at stake. I care deeply about my work and the people I encounter, and bring both excellence and humanity to my work.


Past Work Experience

  • Emory University, Associate General Counsel for Healthcare
    • Woodruff Leadership Academy Fellow, Class of 2012
  • King & Spalding LLP, Healthcare Litigation Counsel
  • Morris Manning & Martin, LLP, Healthcare Litigation Associate


  • Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University J.D. cum laude (1997); Mercer Law Review; Author, In re Piper Aircraft Corp., 47 Mercer L. Rev. 927 (1997); Moot Court Board; Gabrielli National Moot Court Competition; CALI Awards for Excellence in Healthcare Law, Bioethics, and Commercial Law; Faculty Award for Outstanding Achievement in Legal Writing; Brainerd Currie and Phi Kappa Phi Honor Societies; Host, "What’s Happening in Middle Georgia" for the Georgia Radio Reading Service for the Blind.
  • University of Pennsylvania, Masters of Bioethics (GPA 3.98) (2009)
  • University of Pennsylvania Neuroscience Intensive; Recipient, MacArthur Foundation Fellowship
  • Washington Hospital Center, Clinical Ethics Consultation Intensive
  • Montefiore Medical Center, Bioethics Mediation Intensive
  • Boston College B.A. in Philosophy and Psychology (1992)


  • Co-Chair of the Planning Committee and speaker for the Healthcare Ethics Consortium of Georgia Annual Meeting
  • Past Speaker at the Law and Bioethics Workshop at the American Society for Bioethics and the Humanities (ASBH) Annual Meeting
  • Past Speaker at the National Society for Academic Emergency Medicine Annual Conference
  • Pro bono service with Pro Bono Partnership and the Georgia POLST Coalition
  • Member, American Society for Bioethics and the Humanities
  • Supreme Court Commission on the Role of the Judiciary in Public Health Emergencies (co-drafted Georgia’s Benchbook)
  • Past Member, Board of Governors for the State Bar of Georgia
  • Past Member, Georgia State Bar Investigative Panel
  • Board of Directors for the Georgia Asian Pacific American Bar Foundation;
  • Former Co-Chair and Member of the Board of Directors of the Multi-Bar Leadership Counsel
  • Past President and Member, Board of Directors of the Georgia Asian Pacific American Bar Association
  • Honoree, Nightingale’s Outstanding Young Healthcare Lawyers of 2007 (one of 12 nationally);
  • Past Member, Board of Directors, Litigation Section of the Atlanta Bar Association
  • Fellow of the Lawyers’ Foundation of Georgia;
  • Member, American Health Lawyers Association