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Tara O’Donnell

Tara J. O’Donnell is a partner at Murphy Donoghue Partners. With more than 25 years of governmental affairs experience, Tara provides day-to-day client management and counsel to a variety of clients across varied industries, including biomedical/life science; health care; financial services; insurance; pharmaceutical; restaurant/hospitality; real estate development; technology; and telecommunications.

Tara has worked in both the Massachusetts House of Representatives as well as the State Senate. She serves on the judicial council for the Massachusetts Democratic State Committee and the Board of Hospitality Homes. Tara was also the legislative counsel for the Boston Initiative to Advance Human Rights (BITAHR) and helped enact the Massachusetts Anti-Human Trafficking Law.

Professional Background

Manager of State Government Advocacy, Massachusetts Hospital Association
Deputy Director of Inter-governmental Affairs, Massachusetts Water Resources Authority
Government and Media Relations Liaison, Massachusetts Water Resources Authority Advisory Board
Administrative Aide, Massachusetts House of Representatives
Legislative Aide, Massachusetts State Senate


Suffolk University Law School, J.D., cum laude, 1996
Bowdoin College, B.A., cum laude, 1987

Court / Bar Admissions


Service Areas

Appropriations & funding; Business strategies & positioning; Coalition building; Community relations; Ethics, Lobbying & campaign finance; Government relations; Grassroots; Healthcare reform advocacy; Issues research & drafting; Lobbying; Permitting & approvals; Political navigation; Professional licensure; Public policy; Real estate & project development; Regulatory advocacy & consulting; State & local advocacy


Biomedical/Life Science; Financial Services; Health care; Insurance; Pharmaceutical; Real Estate Development; Restaurant/Hospitality; Technology; Telecommunications; Trade Associations

Professional Memberships

Massachusetts Bar Association
Massachusetts Women’s Political Caucus
Boston Bar Association
Women’s Bar Association


“Massachusetts Universal Health Care”, American Staffing Association annual meeting, Washington, D.C.
“Massachusetts Anti-Human Trafficking Legislation”, Panelist, BITAHR

Civic & Charitable Activities

Board of Directors, Boston Municipal Research Bureau
Democratic State Committee Judicial Council
Board Member, Hospitality Homes
Boston Initiative to Advance Human Rights (BITAHR)
Former Board Member, Pathways to Wellness

representative matters

  • secured $25M appropriation for a Massachusetts e-Health entity looking to purchase and implement EHR systems
  • advised an international trade association on strategic policy communications for real estate development issues
  • advised a technology trade association on myriad issues including spam, privacy, and environmental waste
  • successfully lobbied on behalf of a leading computer chip manufacturer to remove restrictions on materials
  • represented a national employer group on labor and workforce issues
  • secured tens of millions for distressed hospitals
  • successfully secured consumer discount legislation



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