Teresa’s practice focuses on government relations and legislation, public finance, real estate development and financing, new markets tax credits, economic development incentives and tax increment financing. She also counsels clients regarding public-private partnerships.
Teresa is experienced in bond transactions and has served as bond, underwriter’s, borrower’s as well as placement agent counsel, joint economic development zones and joint economic development districts, project labor agreements and diversity plans. She has represented private entities and local and county governmental agencies, including municipalities, port authorities, healthcare entities and library systems on business, real estate matters, construction and government relations. For a list of Teresa’s Representative Transactions, click here.
Teresa has been selected as a 2017 YWCA Women of Achievement and in 2016, she was a panelist for the Union Club’s Engaging Women’s Committee event, “Is Your Financial House in Order? Or Things I Wish I Had Known When….”. Teresa was also a panelist in the Professional Development Series presented by Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity Tau Boule. She presented at the IGNITE session of the women’s mentoring luncheon hosted by the International Economic Development Council’s Annual Conference. In December 2016, Teresa was inducted into the Villa Angela-St. Joseph High School Hall of Fame.
Teresa is a popular speaker with a relevant message for the profession and the community. In 2015, she presented at many events, including Crain’s Women of Note Summit and Awards where she was also part of the “Women Ignite” motivational program. She spoke at the Flourish Cleveland Conference for Women in Leadership, the Cleveland Professional 20/30 Club’s “Ladies Who Lead: Professional Women’s Forum,” Ohio Diversity Council 2015 Women in Leadership Symposium and YWCA Circle of Women Committee. She was the keynote speaker at the Case Western Reserve University Black Law Students Association “Black Ties” event in 2014 and also was the featured speaker at a celebration of International Women’s Day 2014 at URS Cleveland.
Dedicated to the field of law, Teresa is a member of a number of professional organizations, including In Counsel With Women, the National Association of Bond Lawyers, Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW), Women In Public Finance, Executive Women’s Leadership Forum, the American Bar Association and the National Bar Association. Teresa has also been recognized by a number of regional organizations. She is also very active in the community. Teresa recently agreed to serve on the 5805 Euclid Board of Directors, the entity that will oversee the construction and hold the lease to the facility that will become University Hospital’s Women’s & Children’s Center, as well as the Downtown Cleveland Alliance Board. She is a member of the Cleveland Foundation’s board of directors and is a member of the Audit, Finance and Administration Committees and the Grant Making and Community Engagement Committee; and she serves on the board of trustees and is a member of the governance and executive committees for Laurel School for Girls. Teresa also continues to serve on the Advisory Board of Cleveland Business Connects magazine since 2008. She recently completed a six-year term on the board of the Cleveland Botanical Garden and served as the chair of the Committee on Governance for the Cleveland Botanical Garden.
Teresa is active in The Links, Incorporated (Western Reserve Chapter) where she serves as Financial Secretary, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. (Greater Cleveland Alumnae Chapter) and is a former member of Jack and Jill of America Foundation (Cleveland Chapter). Teresa has also been involved with the Sing Out! for Cleveland Rape Crisis Center (CRCC), among other volunteer efforts at the CRCC. She is also a member of Bluecoats Inc.
In 2012, Teresa’s work was included in an MIT case study on University Hospitals’ Vision 2010 Program, which included a groundbreaking Project Labor Agreement regarding minority participation in University Hospital’s major construction project, which included the construction of two new hospitals, a $1 billion project. The Project Labor Agreement has become a model for many other such projects in and outside of Ohio. The Cleveland Foundation later commissioned the MIT School of Architecture & Planning to conduct the case study. The presentation is titled “Leveraging the Power of Anchor Institutions to Build Community Wealth: A Community Forum.”
Her experience also includes serving as Director of Law for the City of Cleveland under Mayor Jane Campbell’s administration from 2003 to 2004. Teresa served as a member of Cleveland Mayor Frank G. Jackson’s three-person Special Commission on Missing Persons and Sex Crime Investigations, which developed 26 recommendations that were accepted by Mayor Jackson in 2011.
Teresa was a participant in the 2011 Universal Sisters: Live Younger Longer program and has served on the boards of the Village Capital Corporation, the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Black Professionals Association Charitable Foundation, A Cultural Exchange and chaired the African-American Philanthropy Committee of the Cleveland Foundation from 1999 to 2012.
Teresa joined Calfee in 2011. She was named a partner in 2014 and serves as Chair of the firm’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee and is a member of the firm’s Marketing and Client Services Committee.