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I have been practicing employment litigation defense (exclusively on the company/ management side) for 17 years now with the same firm (Constangy)- which seems crazy.  Over those many years, I’ve learned employment law creates a strange world, and partly because of that, I can’t imagine doing anything else.  I'm not one for touting all the credentials that almost every other employment-defense attorney out there probably also has, but I guess just for the record, I should verify that yes, yes, I’ve handled a zillion (give or take) employment litigation cases, including class/ collective actions, I’ve taken tons of depositions, have taken about 10 cases through trial, and have argued some on appeal, too.

In terms of me, personally, I grew up in rural Arkansas, lived/ traveled in various spots in the U.S. during college/ law school, and finally settled in Nashville when I came to Constangy 17 years ago as a "baby attorney."  I am now married to a Missions Pastor and a mother of 3 -- two boys and a little girl we adopted from Ethiopia in 2011.  I am passionate about adoption and am always happy to talk to people who might be interested in going down this path!


I am also passionate about mentoring young attorneys/ professionals, and ensuring that (especially) women have a strong network.  I firmly believe there is such a thing as work-life balance!  But I also recognize part of my theories on that is that I work for such an amazing firm and with such amazing people. 


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Practice areas


  1. Employment: 45%
    20 years, 200 cases
  2. Litigation: 35%
    20 years, 150 cases
  3. Sexual Harassment: 20%
    20 years, 50 cases

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    Having worked with Teresa since 2008, I have had the opportunity to observe first-hand her skills as a lawyer, mentor, and as a leader within our firm, our community, and our profession. Teresa has a tremendous capacity to connect with her clients, providing advice and guidance in an extremely accessible way. She balances her various leadership, charitable, family, and work obligations with enviable ease, due in no small part to her obvious strong work ethic in all that she does.


    Katherine Scarbrough Employment and labor Attorney
    Relationship: Worked for lawyer

Contact info

Constangy, Brooks & Smith, LLP

401 Commerce St Ste 1010
SunTrust Plaza
Nashville, TN, 37219-2484


VAAuthorized to practice law199603/31/2016
INTemporary AdmissionUnknown02/14/2016
DCInactive 199807/05/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Women of Influence FinalistNashville Business Journal2013
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale Hubbell2013
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2013
Highly RankedChambers USA Guide2013
Outstanding Subcommittee ChairAmerican Bar Association, Litigation Section2013
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Clerk/ ExternJudge Thomas Penfield Jackson1996 - 1996
Association namePosition nameDuration
CrossPoint Community ChurchVolunteer2003 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Wright v Marshal Mize FordWon! Summary Judgment Granted for company
Baker v Rent-A-CenterWon Motion to Dismiss (case dismissed)
Chattman v Toho Tenax of AmericaSummary Judgment granted/ reversed by 6th Cir
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Publication nameTitleDate
ABA Litigation NewsWhat GINA Means for Employers & Employees2010
ABA Litigation NewsStarbucks Reversal Stirs Employment Law Community2009
Portfolio Media (Law360)Is Summary Judgment in Employment Cases a Myth?2009
ABA Litigation MagazinePractical Use & Risky Consequences of Rule 68 Offers of Judgment2007
Association of Corporate Counsel DocketDeBunking the WorkLife Balance Myth: Is it Fact or Fiction?2007
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Pepperdine University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1996
John Brown UniversityEnglish LiteratureB.A.1996
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Web & Podcast: Powerful Deposition TechniquesPowerful Deposition Techniques2013
Web EventFact or Fiction: Balancing Your Work & Personal Life2012
Web ConferenceWitness Preparation Strategies2012
Teleconference: Navigating U.S. and U.K. Employment LawNavigating U.S. and U.K. Employment Law2012
NRF HR Executive SummitNo Comment: PR Guide to Crisis Management for the HR Executive2012
Employment Law Update SeminarEmployment Law Update2012
NRF HR Executive SummitCreating Savvy Managers: Training Management to Avoid Needless Litigation2010