Tara Helms

Top rated Personal Injury attorney in Huntsville, Alabama

Martin & Helms, P.C.
Tara Helms
Martin & Helms, P.C.

Practice Areas: Personal Injury, Products Liability, Insurance Coverage; view more

Licensed in Alabama since: 1998

Education: Samford University Cumberland School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2021 - 2024
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Martin & Helms, P.C.

2317 Market Pl SW
Huntsville, AL 35801 Visit website


Tara Helms is one of the founding partners of Martin & Helms, P.C. Focusing her practice exclusively on personal injury and wrongful death claims, her firm is located in Huntsville, Alabama, and she represents clients throughout Madison County and other parts of the state.

Ms. Helms’s client base consists of people who have been harmed due to the negligent acts or omissions of other parties. Her cases have been grounded on medical malpractice, motor vehicle crashes, defective products, nursing home abuse, construction site accidents, and premises liability, and she has been successful in her efforts to obtain substantial amounts of compensation for her clients through negotiated settlements and jury awards. Some of her representative results have included a jury verdict in excess of $1.5 million for a client who was injured in a motor vehicle accident and an $850,000 settlement in a case involving premises liability. Ms. Helms’s track record both in and out of the courtroom has led to a great deal of positive recognition from her fellow members of the bar, including an AV Preeminent* peer review rating through Martindale-Hubbell and a “Superb” peer review rating through Avvo.

Ms. Helms attended The University of Alabama in Huntsville and received a Bachelor of Arts cum laude in political science in 1992. After obtaining her master’s degree in public affairs in 1994 from the same institution, she enrolled at Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law, and she served on the Cumberland Law Review and participated in moot court competitions prior to graduating with her Juris Doctor in 1998. Admitted to practice in Alabama, Ms. Helms is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Middle Districts of Alabama, and she is a member of several professional organizations.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards. 

Practice areas

Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff, Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff, Insurance Coverage, Workers' Compensation: Claimant

Focus areas

Brain Injury, Dram Shop Laws, Insurance, Medical Devices, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Motor Vehicle Defects, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Pharmaceutical, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Trucking Accidents, Wrongful Death

  • 60% Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
  • 20% Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff
  • 10% Insurance Coverage
  • 10% Workers' Compensation: Claimant

First Admitted: 1998, Alabama

Professional Webpage: https://martinhelms.com/meet-our-team/tara-helms/

Educational Background:
  • University of Alabama in Huntsville. BA, Political Science, 1992
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Member and active volunteer in the Madison County Volunteer Lawyers Program, 2007
  • Tara Helms is very active in the Christian Women’s Job Corp (“CWJC”) which is a faith-based non-profit organization, 2000
  • The highest peer-review rating under Martindale-Hubbell’s rating system, AV Preeminent Rated, Martindale Hubbell, 2014
Verdicts/Settlements (Case Results):
  • $850,000 – Products Liability Severe lower leg injury, 2016
  • $215,000 – MVA pedestrian/knee injury, 2018
  • $1,592,672 - Motor Vehicle Accident jury verdict, 2012
  • $1,000,000 – 18-wheeler/wrongful death, 2014
  • $412,500 – MVA /Severe chest wall contusion, 2016
  • $692,500 – MVA/severe leg injury, 2018
  • $1,500,000 – Premises Liability/Severe leg and back injury, 2013
  • $825,000 – Workplace assault, 2015
  • $700,000 – MVA guest passenger/severe leg injury, 2017
  • $800,000 – MVA/ severe hip and leg fracture, 2013
  • $575,000 – MVA Chest wall trauma and heart attack, 2015
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • President of the Madison County Volunteer Lawyers Association, 2018
  • Chair of the Huntsville-Madison County Grievance Committee, 2019
  • Tara Helms is a sustaining member of the Alabama Association for Justice, a member of the Huntsville and Alabama Bar Associations, as well as the American Association for Justice.  Tara also Chairs the Women’s Caucus of the Alabama Association for Justice and serves on the Board of Directors for the Alabama Association for Justice. She has written articles that have been published in the quarterly Journal of the Association, 2000
Industry Groups:
  • Personal Injury

These comments were made by fellow attorneys during the annual nomination process.

“Tara Helms is and has been for several years one of the best all around plaintiffs personal injury lawyers in North Alabama. Tara without question meets all of the requirements of a Super Lawyer. ”

“Tara Helms is probably the best lawyer who I have ever worked with in my career. Tara is hard working, highly ethical and compassionate towards others. These characteristics combined with her exceptional intelligence have allowed Tara to be very successful as a personal injury lawyer. Tara Helms is an excellent trial attorney and a great advocate for her clients. Tara has also been active as a servant leader and currently serves as President of the Board for the Madison County Volunteer Lawyer's Program. In my opinion, Tara Helms has been deserving of Super Lawyer status for the past several years.”

Office location for Tara Helms

2317 Market Pl SW
Huntsville, AL 35801

Phone: 256-829-4201


4 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2021 - 2024

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