Marco Tarantino, JD

Picture of Marco Tarantino, JD Contact marco.tarantino@envisionus.com 316-440-1524 Expertise And Interests •    Disability Rights
•    Equal Employment Opportunity
•    Federal Sector Employment

NIB Policy and Employment Research Fellow

Marco Tarantino is an NIB Research Fellow with the Envision Research Institute.  He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from the University of Tampa and Juris Doctor degree from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law.  His interest in disability employment rights began in his second year of law school when he worked as an Administrative Judges’ (AJs) Rotating Intern in the Federal Sector Hearings Unit within the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, aiding AJs to draft decisions regarding discrimination and harassment matters brought before them by federal sector employees.  He then worked in a similar capacity as an Employment Complaints and Adjudication Division Legal Intern independently reviewing and editing final agency decisions and promoting equal employment opportunity best practices with the Office of Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of the Interior. 

He used these experiences in a neutral capacity reviewing discrimination and harassment complaints to soon thereafter advocate on behalf of employees with disabilities. This experience includes working as a Summer Law Clerk with the Federal Employment Discrimination Team at Gilbert Employment Law, P.C., one of the nation’s largest plaintiff-side employment law firms, and as a Student Attorney and Legal Fellow with the National Association of the Deaf (NAD), the oldest civil rights organization in the United States.  While at the NAD, Marco represented multiple individuals in mediations to reach an amicable solution regarding their complaints of alleged disability discrimination and harassment in the workplace.  He hopes to use his policy research while at ERI to advocate and promote employment outcomes for the blind and low vision community in ways that litigation is too costly and time consuming to accomplish.