Tiara B. Shoter, a seasoned trial lawyer, is a partner and a member of the Executive Committee in the Louisville office of Boehl Stopher & Graves, LLP, an AV-rated regional law firm with five offices founded in 1895. She maintains residences in Palm Beach County, Florida and Louisville, Kentucky.
Tiara predominantly defends wrongful death nursing home, medical malpractice and health care negligence claims in state, federal and appellate courts in Kentucky. She regularly represents long term care and rehab facilities, hospitals, home health agencies, physician practices, nurses, therapists, EMS agencies, pharmacists, dentists, perfusionists, chiropractors, fitness/wellness coaches, and other health care professionals. She assists clients with professional licensure defense, regulatory violations, involuntary discharge appeals and other administrative law matters. She provides individualized consulting and risk management guidance aimed at reducing the frequency and exposure of claims. She also provides in-service training to healthcare employees on a variety of topics.
Tiara also defends sexual tort/molestation claims arising in the long term care, church and educational settings. Her legal practice includes the defense of general professional liability claims as well as a broad spectrum of employment law matters such as ERISA, wrongful termination, retaliation, discrimination, EEOC, and golden parachute disputes. Tiara also has prior experience defending general personal injury negligence, insurance bad faith, consumer fraud, product and medical device liability, premises liability, commercial trucking, malicious prosecution, and defamation claims.
In a pro bono capacity, Tiara serves as legal counsel to the Executive Board of the American Academy of Developmental Medicine and Dentistry.
Tiara serves as Vice Chair of the ABA Health Law Section's Post-Acute Care Continuum (LTC) Task Force. She previously served as Chair of ABA's Nursing and Allied Healthcare Professionals Task Force.
A frequent lecturer and author on health care litigation, including to national ABA and DRI audiences,Tiara has addressed topics including "Policy, Privacy & Legal Concerns with Use of Cameras in Healthcare Settings," "HIPAA Privacy Rules: What You Need to Know," "Navigating the Pitfalls of Nursing Home Litigation," "Documenting the Medical Record," "Post Acute Care Fundamentals," "Tips for Senior Living Businesses to Limit Legal Risk," "The Physician Shortage Crisis & Use of Allied Healthcare Providers," ""The Top 5 Risk Management Tips for Nurses and Health Care Providers;" "Using Expert Testimony to Evaluate and Rebut Emotional Damages in Sexual Tort Claims;" "Assessing and Evaluating Medical Malpractice Cases;" "Identifying Hospital Corporate Liability and Institutional Negligence;" "Trial Tips and Techniques for Trying the Medical Malpractice Case from the Plaintiff and Defense Perspectives;" "Analysis and Summary of Medical Records;" "Preparing Medical Information for Use at Trial;" "Mediation, Negotiation and Settlements;" and "Professional Civility: Establishing a Breed Standard for Trial Lawyers."
Prior to joining Boehl Stopher & Graves, LLP in 2001, Tiara served as General Counsel for a technology company focused on the legal market; defended insurance litigation claims at Stockschlaeder, McDonald & Sules, PC in New York; litigated plaintiff medical malpractice and product liability claims at Reingold & Tucker in New York; and while employed with the New York City Law Department, Office of Corporation Counsel, Brooklyn Tort Division, defended the Police, Transportation, Parks and Board of Education Departments in multi-million dollar civil lawsuits.