Tarah Powell-Chen

Tarah G. Powell-Chen

88 Kearny Street
10th Floor
San Francisco, CA 94108

Phone: 415.788.1900
Fax: 415.393.8087

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Primary Practice Areas

Business Law

Civil Litigation

Commercial Law

Employment Law

Privacy and Cyber Security

Professional Liability

Real Estate


  • All Courts in the State of California
  • United States District Court, Northern District


  • J.D., University of San Francisco, School of Law
  • B.A., University of California, Davis

Tarah Powell-Chen

Associate, CIPP-US

Ms. Powell-Chen is an Associate at Murphy, Pearson, Bradley & Feeney in their San Francisco office where she represents individuals and corporate clients with matters involving professional liability, commercial and business litigation, real estate, employment law and data privacy issues. She also serves as general counsel to various California businesses and law firms, providing advice and counsel on data privacy compliance, regulatory issues, and general contract review.


  • Prior to attending law school Ms. Powell-Chen worked for the Supreme Court of the United States as a Marshal's Aide. This experience shaped her understanding of the judicial process and inspired her to become an advocate.
  • Ms. Powell-Chen graduated from the University of San Francisco, School of Law. While in law school, she gained varied legal experience by working in public-interest, civil litigation, and as a judicial extern. Ms. Powell-Chen was active in extracurricular activities while at USF. In additional to her leadership roles in various student organizations, Ms. Powell-Chen also served as a tutor in subjects including: Criminal Law, Contracts, Torts, and the CA Bar.

Professional and Community Contributions

Ms. Powell-Chen is a member of the American Bar Association (ABA), the Bar Association of San Francisco (BASF), and the Asian American Bar Association (AABA).

Selected Publications

Awards and Honors

  • Deans Honors List, University of San Francisco, School of Law and at University of California, Davis
  • Provost Scholar
  • AABA Asian Pacific American Judges' Award
  • Allen E. Broussard Scholarship Recipient
  • St. Thomas Moore Scholarship Recipient
  • Public Interest Law Foundation Grant Recipient

Academic Distinctions

  • Moot Court Case Counsel, University of San Francisco, School of Law
  • Co-Chair and Board Member of the Public Interest Law Foundation (PILF)
  • Law Review Junior Editor
  • Public Interest Certificate with Honors
  • Alumni Relations Director, Estate Planning and Tax Society
  • CALI Award for Excellence: Elder Law
  • Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society
  • Phi Alpha Delta Pre-Law Society

Certified Information Privacy Professional

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