Candidate, Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas
Beth was born in the Crafton neighborhood of Pittsburgh, and soon after her family moved into the Quaker Valley School District where she graduated, her son Ben also followed in his mother's footsteps, graduating in 2011. Beth and her husband still resides in the district with her aging parents. Beth jokes that when her sons went out the backdoor, her parents came in through the front door - and she wouldn’t want it any other way! In true servant-leader fashion, Beth has dedicated the majority of her adult life to caring and advocating for other people.
Beth attended the University of Pittsburgh on a woman's athletic scholarship, making her one of the first women to receive a full collegiate athletic scholarship thanks to her strong work ethic at a young age and Title 9. Beth went to law school at Duquesne University, giving birth to her son Ted during her third year, two days before her Tax 2 final. No stranger to hard work, Beth worked at Tarasi, Tierney & Johnson and clerked in the Federal Court – Western District for the Honorable William Standish while attending law school in the evenings.
After graduating in 1991, she joined Tarasi, Tierney & Johnson full time working alongside her toughest boss, her father Louis M Tarasi Jr., who had her trying cases as soon as she was admitted to the Bar. Beth has another son, Ben, born one year after she graduated law school, and raised her boys as a single mother. She has since litigated thousands of cases, including many landmark cases, and is regarded by her peers and clients as one of Allegheny County’s most respected and qualified attorneys. She holds an AV Preeminent rating and has been inducted into the Best Lawyers in America, two of the highest honors a lawyer can achieve.
Beth litigated the property and personal injury cases resulting from the Three Mile Island incident, setting the standard for the admission of expert testimony in the state of Ohio, and assisted in the creation of the dangerous dog law in Pennsylvania. For the last thirty years, Beth has worked on difficult and complex civil litigation cases.
In addition to her legal excellence, Beth also serves on the rules committee for the Allegheny County Bar Association and the Amicus Curie Committee for the Pennsylvania Association for Justice. Beth has been an instructor for many continuing Legal Education Courses, . She has also volunteered to coach for a grade school basketball program for 13 years. Her sons would tell you she’s the only female coach ever to win back-to-back Diocesan Championships. Beth is actively involved in Kids Voice, an organization that advocates for children’s voices in the court system. She annually helps to raise over $60,000, and has been auctioned off as a chef for over $3,500 - a testament to her cooking! Beth has also been on the front lines of voter protection since 2016 - because she believes protecting people’s rights doesn’t stop in the courtroom.
I have worked really hard as a single mother of two boys, Ted and Ben, to set an example for them of service to others.
Beth provides pro bono legal guidance to Operation Better Block - Homewood https://obbinc.org providing assistance to their wills clinic and real estate matters. Beth had prioritized pro bono and volunteer work.
With over 30 years of trial experience, Beth understands the difference good, experienced judges make. Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas are already backlogged. That could mean someone sitting in jail waiting for their day in court. That person could lose their job and stability for their family -- they don’t have time to wait for a judge to learn on the job. Right now, we need judges who already understand procedure and rules, who are ready to work on day 1 to move these cases along. We must elect qualified judges who are committed to making a difference - Beth will be ready to work on Day 1