Tara Patet, JD

Tara Patet

Senior Prosecutor, Office of the St. Paul City Attorney


ara Patet is a senior prosecutor with the City Attorney’s Office in St. Paul, Minnesota, where she oversees the Domestic Violence and Elder Abuse Prosecution Unit. She has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice and Political Science from the University of St. Thomas and received her law degree from William Mitchell College of Law. She has been a prosecutor for 24 years, specializing in domestic violence and elder abuse cases. Ms. Patet is cross-deputized to prosecute misdemeanor and felony-level cases as part the Joint Special Victims Unit focusing on high-risk domestic violence and crimes against elders and vulnerable adults. Ms. Patet is certified through the US Department of Justice to train law enforcement, prosecutors, and social service professionals in the areas of domestic violence and elder abuse. She has assisted in the ongoing development of national training curricula in these areas and has been conducting national training for the Dept. of Justice, Office of Violence Against Women, and National Clearinghouse on Abuse in Later Life for the past 10 years. In addition, Ms. Patet conducts domestic violence and elder abuse best practices training for prosecutors and is a faculty member and instructor for the National Institute on the Prosecution of Elder Abuse. Ms. Patet is active with the Minnesota Elder Justice Center and has served as Chair of the Criminal Code Subcommittee, which has drafted and lobbied for legislative initiatives that aim to protect elders and vulnerable adults. In 2018, Ms. Patet was the recipient of the Elder Justice Center’s Jane Ochrymowycz Award for her work in the pursuit of justice for older adults.