Overview

First and foremost, Teresa is a relationship partner for her corporate clients in the employment defense space, and a very practical "problem solver."​  She is constantly trying to figure out how to connect her clients to resources that can make their job easier, help them navigate through tricky employment and HR issues, as well as connecting them to the excellent attorneys at Constangy throughout the U.S.  In her 19 years of practice as a defense-side employment litigation attorney (all 19 years at Constangy), she has litigated cases and counseled clients on almost every conceivable employment-related issues involving everything from co-workers literally spray-painting each other, to employees sending inappropriate texts, to serious whistleblowing and collective and individual wage claims. She’s learned employment law creates a strange world, and partly because of that, she can't imagine doing anything else.

Because every good attorney’s bio has to list all the amazing stuff they have done to impress everyone, for the record, Teresa has handled a zillion employment litigation cases, including class/ collective actions, has taken a gazillion depositions, has taken multiple cases to trial, and has argued in front of the appellate courts, too. Oh, and she loves mediating, public speaking, mentoring, and making employment law training fun.

And feel free to stop there, but if you happen to want to hear more, just know that Teresa also serves as Administrative Partner and General Counsel at Constangy, was the founding chair of Constangy’s Women's Network, and has received numerous awards and nominations such as Super Lawyers, Best Lawyers in America, Martindale Hubbell, Chambers USA, and the Nashville Business Journal (Women of Influence).  Currently, she is serving as co-chair of the ABA Litigation Section's Employment and Labor Relations Law Committee.

No matter the trials won or the accolades on paper, the thing Teresa loves most about her work is meeting new people. She feels honored to call so many clients friends.

Honors & Recognitions

  • Best Lawyers in America® (2013-2018)
  • Chambers USA Guide® 
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation 
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent® 
  • Mid-South Super Lawyers® (2008-2010, 2012-2017)
  • Top 50: Nashville Super Lawyers® (2013, 2017)
  • Top 50: Women Mid-South Super Lawyers® (2013, 2015, 2017)
  • Top 100: 2017 Tennessee Super Lawyers® (2017)
  • Top Labor & Employment Law Attorney, HR Professionals Magazine (2015)
  • Women of Influence Finalist, Nashville Business Journal (2013)

Professional & Civic Associations

  • Co-chair, Employment and Labor Relations Law Committee, ABA Litigation Section
  • 4Word Nashville Leadership Team
  • Nashville CEO Roundtable Member
  • Former Editorial Board member, ABA Litigation News Magazine
  • Nashville Bar Association
  • Harry B. Phillips American Inns of Court, alumni
  • Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Board of Trusts, St. Paul Christian Academy
  • West Nashville Inner City Dream Center volunteer
  • Cross Point Community Church volunteer
  • Former General Counsel, Outlook Nashville

About Me

Teresa enjoys spending time with her husband and their two boys, as well their little girl, whom they adopted from Ethiopia. When Teresa is not chasing after her kids, she enjoys hanging out at the lake (or any body of water), writing legal and leadership articles, travel, home projects, promoting adoption, and volunteering with kids and single moms at the West Nashville Dream Center, where her husband is the Director/Pastor. She loves the outdoors, and wishes she had more time to fit in water skiing and hiking!

More about Teresa

My first job

My first job was at age 16 as a waitress at a local Pancake House in Harrison, Arkansas. I went in for the interview and was so excited I got the job that I forgot to ask how much I was going to make!  I found out on my first day of work that I earned the awesome rate of $1.65 plus tips. I worked there until I found a mouse stuck in syrup, and quickly upgraded to waitressing at Pizza Hut!

Best advice a family member or mentor gave me

You will be happier and more successful in life and your career if you focus on others instead of yourself.

What I would be if I wasn't a lawyer

If I wasn’t a lawyer, I would be an author  – I have always wanted to write a historical novel, but I never have time!   If there were no other life concerns, I might just pick up and move to Ethiopia or somewhere in Africa to help promote the legal system there (but I guess that entails me still being a lawyer).

Something you might be surprised to learn about me

In 2012, my husband and I made two back-to-back trips to Ethiopia and adopted a little 2-year-old girl from there (we already had two biological boys). Her name is Dibora and she has fit into our family like a glove. I am now passionate about adoption and about helping women (and men) figure out a way to balance an engaging career with their family/personal life and needs.

News & Analysis

Speaking Engagements & Industry Publications

Blogs & Videos

Blog Posts

Videos

  • "I used to be afraid of failing at something that really mattered to me, but now I'm more afraid of succeeding at things that don't matter."
  • Bob Goff 

Practice Emphasis

  • Defense of employment litigation, including class claims
  • Sexual harassment investigations and defense
  • Policy analysis and employment law training
  • Compliance Audits
  • Mediation

Education

Pepperdine University School of Law

  • J.D., cum laude, 1996
  • Margaret Martin Brock Academic Scholar (1995-96)
  • Labor Law Mock Arbitration Panel (Fall 1995)
  • Fall Individual Advocacy Tournament (1995)
  • London Legal Program Student Representative (1995)
  • Judicial Extern, Honorable Thomas Penfield Jackson, U.S. District Court, District of Columbia

John Brown University

  • B.A., English, magna cum laude, 1993
  • Arkansas Governor’s Scholar
  • John Brown Division Scholar
  • American Studies Program Representative
  • Washington, D.C. (Fall 1991)
  • Internship with U.S. Senator Don Nickles (Fall 1991) 

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Tennessee, 1997
  • Virginia, 1996
  • District of Columbia, 1998
  • Arkansas, 2012
  • Tennessee Supreme Court
  • Supreme Court of Virginia
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Virginia
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