Title: Associate General Counsel
Location: Natick, MA
Education: LLM in Health Law & Public Policy, Seton Hall University School of Law, New Jersey, 2012; JD, Nova Southeastern University, Florida, 2011; MSW cum laude, Barry University, Florida, 1998; BSW, Salisbury University, Maryland, 1997;
Career History: Associate General Counsel, Trulieve, Florida, 2020-Present; Vice President of Regulatory Affairs & Licensing, Columbia Care, Massachusetts, 2019-2020; General Counsel, Garden Remedies Inc., Massachusetts, 2018-2019; Attorney of Counsel, South Natick Law, Massachusetts, 2017-2018; Attorney & Government Relations Consultant, Law Office of Tara Hopper Zeltner, Massachusetts, 2016-2017; Campaign Field Director, Five Corner Strategies, Massachusetts, 2016; General Counsel, Director of Governmental Affairs, Association of Developmental Disabilities Providers, Massachusetts, 2012-2016; LLM Student in Health Law & Public Policy, Seton Hall University, New Jersey, 2011-2012; Legal Research Assistant, Nova Southeastern University, Florida, 2010-2011; Law Clerk, Krupnick Campbell Malone, Florida, 2009-2011; Florida Bar Public Service Fellowship Recipient, Guardian Ad Litem Program, Florida, 2009; Director of Legislative Affairs, ChildNet Inc., Florida, 2007-2009; Chief of Staff, Florida Senate, Florida, 2004-2007; Mental Health Advocate, Director of Public Policy, Advocacy Center for Persons with Disabilities, Florida, 2000-2004; Mental Health Therapist, PsychSolutions Inc., Florida, 2001-2002; Technical Recruiter, Technisource, Florida, 1999-2000; Psychiatrist’s Assistant, Compass Health, Florida, 1998; Psychiatric Social Work Intern, Florida Medical Center, Florida, 1998; School Social Worker, Worcester Youth and Family Counseling Services, Maryland, 1996-1997
Type of Business: Law
Tara Hopper, Associate General Counsel at Trulieve, has been recognized as a Marquis Emerging Leader for their contributions and achievements in the field of health law.
Ms. Hopper became involved in her profession because she felt there could be much more done for patients in the pharmaceutical field. She strongly believes that medical marijuana is a great alternative to people who have been hurt by the pharmaceutical industry and has focused much of her practice in these related areas. In her academic pursuits, Ms. Hopper first earned a BSW from Sailsbury University in 1997 and continued at Barry University to receive a MSW, cum laude, in 1998. In 2011, Ms. Hopper received a JD from Nova Southeastern University, and followed this degree with an LLM in health law and public policy at Seton Hall University School of Law in 2012.
Prior to practicing law, Ms. Hopper spent several years as a social worker and in mental health, displaying an early propensity for helping others. In this respect, she was a school social worker for the Worcester Youth and Family Counseling Services, as a psychiatric social work intern for the Florida Medical Center, as a psychiatrists assistant for Compass Health and as a technical recruiter for Technisource. Prior to making the switch to law, she served as a mental health advocate and Director of Public Policy for the Advocacy Center for Persons with Disability. Since receiving a Juris Doctorate, she has practiced law in a variety of firms and institutions. Ms. Hopper has aided clients and garnered experience at the Association of Developmental Disabilities Providers, Five Corner Strategies, South Natick Law and Columbia Care. In 2020, Ms. Hopper became Associate General Counsel at Trulieve.
Ms. Hopper attributes her success to the people in her life, who have supported and taught her throughout her life. Though anticipating a long and fruitful career ahead of her, the highlight that has stood out the most thus far has been speaking to a group of parents of children with autism about how unique they are. In instances like this, Ms. Hopper can see the impact she has on others. Looking toward the future, she endeavors to follow the path of positive intentions as long as she keeps pursuing what she believes in and continue learning.