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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 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

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Practice areas


  1. Constitutional: 30%
  2. Litigation: 20%
  3. Civil Rights: 20%
  4. Appeals: 20%
  5. Education: 10%



Hourly ($225-300/hour), contingent (20-40%), Fixed (sometimes), Pro bono (10%)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

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  • Kelly Michelle Politte

    Theresa is a caring, insightful, thorough, and passionate attorney. She has a strong understanding of the law and works exceptionally hard for her clients. Her phenomenal ability to articulate the law, facts, and issues, is very beneficial to Theresa’s clients—Theresa has a knack for persuasion. I believe that her clients are well-served by her skills and passion, regardless of whether the case or client matter involves discrimination issues, civil rights issues, constitutional issues, or another issue.


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Contact info

Telios Law PLLC

P.O. Box 3488
Monument, CO, 80132


TXEligible To Practice In Texas 201307/16/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top Attorneys in Church LawColorado Style Magazine2016
Top Attorneys in Appellate LawColorado Style Magazine2016
Rising Star NonprofitsSuper Lawyers2015
Top Attorneys in Church LawColorado Springs Style Magazine2015
Rising Star NonprofitsSuper Lawyers2014
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2013
Up and Coming LawyersLaw Week Colorado2010
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Owner, attorneyTelios Law PLLC2012 - Present
AssociateRothgerber Johnson & Lyons, LLP2009 - 2012
Judicial law clerkColorado Court of Appeals2005 - 2009
Association namePosition nameDuration
Homeward Pikes PeakBoard Member2013 - Present
CLA Colorado SpringsBoard President2013 - Present
Alliance Defending FreedomAllied Attorney2012 - Present
Colorado Bar AssociationMember2009 - Present
Wheaton College Alumni AssociationChair2005 - Present
Christian Legal SocietyBoard Member2003 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
J.C. v. Dungarvin Colorado, LLCDecided in my client's favor
R. v. XX Property Owners Assoc.Summary judgment for my client
Acker v. GraysonDecided in our client's favor
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Publication nameTitleDate
WebsiteAppellate Law Practice Guide2016
Evangelical Missiological SocietyGetting it Right, Healing the Wrong: Legal Issues in Protecting Children and Organizations from Child Sexual Abuse2014
WebsiteClickapedia on Special Education2012
Juvenile Law BenchbookServing Children with Disabilities2011
White paperAre Protestant Ministries a New Market?2011
The Colorado LawyerExpress of Religion in Public Schools2011
The Colorado LawyerAn Overview of Special Education Law, Parts 1 and 22009
The Colorado LawyerElements of a Successful Appellate Brief2008
The Colorado LawyerInterested Parties in Juvenile Dependency and Neglect Cases2004
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Denver Sturm College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2005
Wheaton College, Wheaton ILLiteratureBA - Bachelor of ArtsN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Continuing Legal Education SeminarProcess, Pointers, and Pitfalls for the Non-Appellate Attorney2016
National conferenceHow Child Sexual Abuse Litigation Works2013
Monthly luncheonPersons with Disabilities: Intersections with Family Law and Juvenile Law2013
Missio Nexus STANDRefresh Your Employment Law Map: Potential Road Blocks and Traffic Jams for Ministries2013
Annual conferenceLessons Learned from the Catholic Sexual Abuse Scandal2013
SYNC Personnel ConferenceAnatomy of a Lawsuit2012
Rocky Mountain Regional EMS ConferenceThe Blood of the Martyrs and Legal Liability2012
Red Sky at MorningCharting the Reefs: Identifying and Avoiding Legal and Financial Threats to Your Ministry's Future2012
National ConferenceUsing the Discovery Process as a Litigator, co-presenter2012
Colorado Springs Downtown Rotary ClubThird Culture Kids--Children of Nowhere or Global Citizens?2012
ACLU Winter ForumReligion and Public Schools: Reconciling Personal Faith and the School's Role2012
Symposium on Children at RiskAre Protestant Ministries a New Market?2011
Colorado League of Charter SchoolsWatch Your Step! A Case Study on a Special Education Due Process Dispute2010