Telios Law PLLC focuses on general litigation and appellate work for businesses and individuals, on representing churches and ministries in a variety of religious law issues, on religious liberties law, and on special education/civil rights law. "Telios" is a Greek word that means "complete," "whole," or "mature." Theresa Sidebotham, the founder, says that excellent legal work is important, but wasted unless it makes your business, personal life, or ministry more whole and helps achieve your vision more perfectly. Because Theresa is an Allied attorney with Alliance Defending Freedom, she does pro bono religious liberty work.
Although Theresa was born in New York, her parents arrived in Indonesia just in time for the "Year of Living Dangerously," and her family was among the few foreigners who stayed in Jakarta through the Communist coup and counter-coup. Fortunately, she was too small to remember any of it, including the death threats. She grew up in West Java, making her a Third Culture Kid or Missionary Kid. Like many TCK/MKs, she has lived in 7 countries for a summer or more and learned—and mostly forgotten—7 languages if you include English. Her schooling included international school, missionary boarding school, private Christian school and American public school, though mostly home school—of the "have these books finished before the end of the school year" variety.
She left for Wheaton College with no visible means of support when she was 16, going on 17. There she met her husband Bruce, who was on a full ROTC scholarship for the U.S. Army. Theresa graduated in the top 1% of the class and decided to be a military wife. The four Sidebotham boys were born on three different continents. After Bruce’s military service and further education, the family headed to Sumatra for seven years.
In Sumatra, Theresa managed a tri-lingual household in a fairly primitive setting. She taught English literature in a university, and helped start a quilting home industry for under-privileged women there. Daily life in their home included her four sons; a small international school that she ran with students from at least four different countries; her husband's office and coworker; her household helpers and their child; and a constant stream of visitors, some from remote villages. Their most terrifying family adventure was the time her husband and some friends were in the crater of an active volcano when it erupted. No one in their group was killed, but Theresa helped evacuate two of the victims to Singapore, and her husband carries the burn scars to this day.
After coming back to the U.S. for family reasons, Bruce stayed in ministry. Theresa spent some time homeschooling their sons, partly to help some of them overcome disabilities, which later gave her an interest in special education law. Theresa started law school with her four sons still at home. Law school was a relaxing change, and she graduated first in her class in 2005.
Theresa was mentored by judges at the Colorado Court of Appeals and worked at a large law firm serving religious institutions and doing general litigation before opening Telios Law PLLC.
Languages Spoken: Indonesian
Licensed since 2005
Hourly ($200-275/hour), Contingent (20-40%), Fixed (Sometimes), Pro Bono (10%)
|TX||Eligible To Practice In Texas||2013||08/25/2015|
|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Rising Star||Super Lawyers||2013|
|Up and Coming Lawyers||Law Week Colorado||2010|
|Owner, attorney||Telios Law PLLC||2012 - Present|
|Associate||Rothgerber Johnson & Lyons, LLP||2009 - 2012|
|Judicial law clerk||Colorado Court of Appeals||2005 - 2009|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|Homeward Pikes Peak||Board Member||2013 - Present|
|Special Kids Special Families||Board Member||2012 - Present|
|Alliance Defending Freedom||Allied Attorney||2012 - Present|
|Rotary Club International||Member||2011 - Present|
|Colorado Bar Association||Member||2009 - Present|
|Wheaton College Alumni Association||Chair||2005 - Present|
|Christian Legal Society||Board Member||2003 - Present|
|Evangelical Missiological Society||Getting it Right, Healing the Wrong: Legal Issues in Protecting Children and Organizations from Child Sexual Abuse||2014|
|Website||Clickapedia on Special Education||2012|
|Juvenile Law Benchbook||Serving Children with Disabilities||2011|
|White paper||Are Protestant Ministries a New Market?||2011|
|The Colorado Lawyer||Express of Religion in Public Schools||2011|
|The Colorado Lawyer||An Overview of Special Education Law, Parts 1 and 2||2009|
|The Colorado Lawyer||Elements of a Successful Appellate Brief||2008|
|The Colorado Lawyer||Interested Parties in Juvenile Dependency and Neglect Cases||2004|
|University of Denver Sturm College of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2005|
|Wheaton College, Wheaton IL||Literature||B.A.||N/A|
|National conference||How Child Sexual Abuse Litigation Works||2013|
|Monthly luncheon||Persons with Disabilities: Intersections with Family Law and Juvenile Law||2013|
|Missio Nexus STAND||Refresh Your Employment Law Map: Potential Road Blocks and Traffic Jams for Ministries||2013|
|Annual conference||Lessons Learned from the Catholic Sexual Abuse Scandal||2013|
|SYNC Personnel Conference||Anatomy of a Lawsuit||2012|
|Rocky Mountain Regional EMS Conference||The Blood of the Martyrs and Legal Liability||2012|
|Red Sky at Morning||Charting the Reefs: Identifying and Avoiding Legal and Financial Threats to Your Ministry's Future||2012|
|National Conference||Using the Discovery Process as a Litigator, co-presenter||2012|
|Colorado Springs Downtown Rotary Club||Third Culture Kids--Children of Nowhere or Global Citizens?||2012|
|ACLU Winter Forum||Religion and Public Schools: Reconciling Personal Faith and the School's Role||2012|
|Symposium on Children at Risk||Are Protestant Ministries a New Market?||2011|
|Colorado League of Charter Schools||Watch Your Step! A Case Study on a Special Education Due Process Dispute||2010|