Carie Tarte has over 15 years of legal experience. She has a strong background in insurance claims management and has made significant contributions to medical malpractice, premises liability, motor vehicle accident and other personal injury matters. Prior to working for Maley and Maley, Carie assisted with complex criminal/civil litigation and intellectual property litigation cases during her seven years at Sheehey Furlong & Behm. Before that, she worked for 10 years at Paul, Frank + Collins as a senior paralegal, where she worked primarily in the insurance services division, handling third-party administration claims and insurance audits. During her tenure at Paul, Frank + Collins, she also developed estate planning and civil litigation skills.
In 2013, Carie earned the Registered Paralegal designation after passing the Paralegal Advanced Competency Exam administered by the National Federation of Paralegal Associations, a proficiency-based examination designed to test the competency level of experienced paralegals. Fewer than 10 Vermont paralegals hold this designation. Carie also has an extensive knowledge in insurance claims, stemming from her experience working in claims management and her dedication to studying and obtaining her Associate in Claims (AIC) designation from the Insurance Institute of America (IIA) in 2013. Carie showed her interest in advanced legal study by completing Vermont’s four-year Law Office Study/Vermont Bar Clerkship Program in 2004.
Carie is the immediate past-president of the Vermont Paralegal Organization and was instrumental in winning the bid to bring the National Federation of Paralegal Associations national conference to Vermont in 2016. She is active on the Vermont Bar Association’s Legal Education Committee, working under the direction of the Vermont Bar Association’s Board of Managers to study and develop solutions to ensure that Vermonters can obtain quality, yet affordable legal representation. Carie co-authored an article with Heather Moreau, the firm manager at Maley and Maley, on limited legal licensure for paralegals, which was published by the Vermont Bar Association, the National Federation of Paralegal Associations and the Missouri Paralegal Association on the topic of limited legal licensure for paralegals.
Clients, witnesses, legal professionals and opposing parties alike have recognized Carie for her professionalism, responsiveness and legal skills. Her analytic and investigative abilities have made her an instrumental team member and a leader in the legal profession.
Carie grew up in the Plainfield/Marshfield area and is a native of central Vermont.
Education & Special Training
- Insurance Institute of America, Associate in Claims (AIC) – 2013
- National Federation of Paralegal Association, PACE Registered Paralegal – 2013
- Vermont Bar Clerkship Program - 2004
- Rivier University, B.S., Paralegal Studies, cum laude - 1994
- Member, National Federation of Paralegal Associations, Inc.
- Paralegal Member, Vermont Association for Justice
- Associate Member, Vermont Bar Association (VBA)
- Member, VBA Legal Education Committee
- Member, VBA Paralegal Section
- Member, Vermont Paralegal Organization (VPO)
- VPO Immediate Past President
- VPO 2016 NFPA Annual Convention & Policy Meeting Host Coordinator Co-Chair
- VPO CLE Committee Chair
- VPO Scholarship Committee Chair
Presentations & Publications
- "Paralegals and Limited Legal Licensure," Co-author, Vermont Bar Journal, 2014
- How Paralegals Can Help Your Law Practice, Presenter, Vermont Bar Association Solo and Small Firm Conference, 2013
- Trial Preparation From Start To Finish, Presenter, IPE, 2012
- Paralegal Regulation & Legislative Lobbying, Presenter, Vermont Paralegal Organization Annual Meeting, 2011
- Effective Utilization of Paralegals, Presenter, Vermont Bar Association Annual Meeting, 2011
- “Vermont Legal Assisting Fundamentals,” Presenter, HalfMoon Seminars, 2008