Tarnetta is senior counsel in the firm’s Commercial & Public Finance practice group. She focuses her practice on finance transactions with an emphasis on leveraged, investment grade, asset-based, working capital and acquisition finance. She represents financial institutions, lenders, private equity and hedge fund sponsors, and public and private issuers and borrowers in secured and unsecured, syndicated and bilateral, revolving and term lending transactions. Tarnetta also assists clients with a wide range of general corporate matters.

Tarnetta’s experience includes working on transactions in a variety of industries, including financial services, manufacturing, computer software and hardware, education, retail, telecommunications and media.

Prior to joining Thompson Hine, Tarnetta founded and served as CEO of a legal and strategic services firm, where she gained corporate transactional and commercial legal experience advising C suite executives in multinational financial institutions and counseling entrepreneurs and founders of early stage and emerging companies.


Representative matters from Tarnetta’s previous firms include:

  • Representation of the agents and bank syndicate members in a $1.32 billion senior secured credit facility for a leading domestic energy provider
  • Representation of a hedge fund sponsor in a $1.225 billion senior secured credit facility in connection with the acquisition of a multinational music publishing company
  • Representation of the agent and bank syndicate member in various financings to facilitate restructuring of more than $650 million in debt for a global automotive supplier
  • Representation of the agent and bank syndicate member in a $575 million debtor-in-possession financing for a global aluminum manufacturer
  • Representation of the lead underwriter in a 144A and Regulation S offering of $440 million of secured high-yield bonds by a leading African independent oil and gas exploration company
  • Representation of a private equity firm in connection with various acquisition financings ranging from $50 million to $250 million for education, data center and broadband target companies
  • Representation of a private equity adviser in a $200 million term loan and asset-based lending facility in connection with the acquisition of a premium watch and accessories retailer
  • Representation of the agent and lender in a $165 million variable funding note facility for a multi-office boutique wealth management firm
  • Representation of the agent and syndicate member in a $120 million term loan facility for a leading independent producer of renewable energy in North and South America
  • Representation of the lender in the issuance of a $40 million secured direct pay letter of credit to an international constructions materials provider
  • Co-author, “False Statements and False Claims,” 43 Am. Crim. L. Rev. 199, 461 (2006)
  • Selected by Lawyers of Color for its inaugural “Hot List” of 100 accomplished attorneys in the eastern region of New York, 2013
Professional and Civic

Professional Associations

  • National Bar Association
  • National Association of Women Lawyers
  • New York State Bar Association
  • New York City Bar Association
  • Metropolitan Black Bar Association

Community Activities

  • Member, Benefit Committee, Young Life Gotham City

Professional Activities

  • Board member, UPWARD Women, New York City Chapter
  • Member, Georgetown Law Alumni Council