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Dr. Tara Tabatabaie

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Dr. Tara Tabatabaie, a lawyer and a scientist, concentrates her practice on mass tort litigation, with a primary focus on complex pharmaceutical cases. She also handles a variety of legal issues involving product liability, environmental damage, and toxicity. She represents clients in state, federal, and appellate courts, and mediations. Dr. Tabatabaie currently serves as a member of the Plaintiffs’ Steering Committee in the multidistrict litigation, In re: Actos (Pioglitazone) Products Liability Litigation, MDL 2299, as well as the Science Committees for In re: Propecia (Finasteride) Products Liability Litigation, MDL 2331 and In Re: Fresenius Granuflo/Naturalyte Dialysate Products Liability Litigation. MDL 2428. She also served as a member of the Science Committee in the In re: Avandia Marketing, Sales Practices, and Products Liability Litigation, MDL 1871, where her scientific expertise made significant contributions to the successful resolution of the case that has resulted in a multi-billion dollar settlement for the plaintiffs.

Prior to starting her legal career, Dr. Tabatabaie was a senior research scientist at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation in Oklahoma City. In that position, she studied the biomedical processes involved in a variety of diseases, including cancer, diabetes, stroke, heart disease, Alzheimer’s disease, AIDS dementia, and various environmental toxicities. Dr. Tabatabaie is the author of numerous scientific articles and book chapters and has served as the peer reviewer for several prestigious scientific journals. Due to her extensive biomedical research experience, Dr. Tabatabaie is frequently requested to lecture and educate the legal community on the scientific issues involved in pharmaceutical litigation.

Tara is married and lives in Oklahoma City with her husband and their two sons.

  • Ph.D., Chemistry University of Oklahoma - Graduate School
  • Juris Doctorate, Magna Cum Laude Oklahoma City University School of Law - Graduate School

Honors & Awards:

  • Merit Scholar, Oklahoma City University
  • Faculty Honor Roll
  • Dean’s Honor Roll
  • Multiple CALI Awards for the highest grade in respective courses
  • Outstanding Service Award, Oklahoma City University School of Law Alumni Association
  • Graduate Research Excellence Award, University of Oklahoma
  • Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society
  • Phi Delta Phi Honorary Legal Society

Civic Associations:

  • Member, Board of Directors, Sustainable Oklahoma City
  • Past Member, Board of Directors, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
  • American Association of Justice
    American Association of Justice
  • Oklahoma Association for Justice
    Oklahoma Association for Justice
  • Oklahoma Bar Association
    Oklahoma Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
    American Bar Association
  • American Constitution Society
    American Constitution Society
  • American Diabetes Association, Professional Affiliate
    American Diabetes Association, Professional Affiliate
  • American Chemical Society
    American Chemical Society
  • American Association for the Advancement of Sciences
    American Association for the Advancement of Sciences
  • Society of Free Radical Biology and Medicine
    Society of Free Radical Biology and Medicine
  • Tabatabaie, T., Vasquez-Weldon, A.M., Moore, D.R., & Kotake, Y. (2003) Free radicals and the pathogenesis of Type 1 Diabetes: Cytokine-mediated generation of free radicals by beta cells. Diabetes, 52: 1994-1999.
  • Hensley, K., Tabatabaie, T., Stewart, C.A., Pye, Q.N., and Floyd, R.A. (1997) Nitric oxide and derived species as toxic agents in stroke, AIDS dementia, and chronic neurodegenerative disorders. Chemical Research in Toxicology, 10:527-532.
  • Tabatabaie, T., Kotake, Y., Wallis, G., Jacob, J., and Floyd, R.A. (1997) Spin trapping agent phenyl N-tert-butylnitrone protects against the onset of drug-induced insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus. FEBS Letters, 407:148-152.
  • Tabatabaie, T., Stewart, C., Pye, Q.N., Kotake, Y., and Floyd, R.A. (1996) In Vivo trapping of nitric oxide in the brain of neonatal rats treated with the HIV-1 envelope protein GP 120: Protective effects of α-phenyl-Tert-butylnitrone. Biochem. Biophys. Res. Commun., 221:386-390.
  • Tabatabaie, T., and Floyd, R.A., (1996) Protein damage and oxidative stress. IN Cellular Aging and Cell Death. (Holbrook, N.J., Martin, G.L., Lockshin, R.A., eds.) Wiley-Liss, Inc., pp 35-49.
  • Tabatabaie, T., Goyal, R.N., Blank, C.L., and Dryhurst, G. (1993) Further insights into the mechanisms by which 5,7-Dihydroxytryptamine expresses its neurotoxicity. Journal of Medicinal Chemistry, 36:229-236.
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