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Overview

Theresa immerses herself in case law, writing successful motions and pursuing creative solutions for clients.

Analytical and articulate, Theresa’s commercial litigation practice finds intelligent solutions to complex problems for clients in a variety of industries. She is an asset in all stages of litigation, including fact investigations, initial pleadings, dispositive motions, motions in limine, discovery, depositions and trial preparation. Theresa’s intuition and calm demeanor allow her to build effective partnerships with clients.

Theresa has a particular affinity for educational matters. Theresa counsels educational clients, conducting athletics, Title IX and increasingly common historical misconduct investigations. She advises administrators and staff to ensure compliance with numerous state and federal regulations including Title IX, Title IV, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the Family Educational Records Privacy Act (FERPA).

Theresa is also a member of the St. Louis - Cortex team, helping startup companies navigate the legal environment. Theresa was previously a senior associate in the Allen Angel Capital Education Fund, which is a group of mid-Missouri investors. Her approachable nature and legal skills generate successful collaboration with entrepreneurs.


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Recognition

Education

  • J.D., University of Missouri School of Law
      • Order of Barristers
      • Dean's List
      • Journal of Dispute Resolution, Editor in Chief
      • International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution Best Original Student Article Award Recipient 
      • Law School Ambassador
      • Moot Court Team, Best Oral Advocate Award 
      • National Moot Court Prize 
      • Board of Advocates Fall Moot Court Director
      • Tim Heinsz 5K Steering Committee 
      • Honor Code Committee Student Representative 
  • B.S., University of Missouri
    • Business Administration: Emphasis in Finance and Banking, Minor in Political Science
      • Honors Certificate
      • Dean's List
      • University of Missouri Top 5 Most Influential Student
      • University of Missouri Homecoming Queen
      • Omicron Delta Kappa Honor Society, President  
      • Cornell Leadership Program 
      • Kappa Delta Sorority, Treasurer
      • Mizzou Alternative Breaks, Executive Director

Admissions

  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri
  • Missouri
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois
  • Illinois

Professional Memberships and Certifications

  • The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
  • Missouri Bar Association

Clerkship

Missouri Court of Appeals, Eastern District, 2015

Experience

Education

  • Conducted and prepared audit regarding Title IX equity in athletics.
  • Co-investigated alleged incidents of sexual harassment by a university dean.
  • Prepared comprehensive biannual memorandum regarding federal legal updates relevant to school districts' policies and procedures.
  • Represented educational non-for-profit dedicated to improving the lives of African American children in public schools.
  • Served as outside investigator for schools and universities, providing independent analysis of sexual misconduct complaints raised under Title IX policies.
  • Assisted with complex investigation into legacy sexual abuse allegations against former employee at a private high school.
  • Drafted effective position statements in response to Office of Civil Rights helping avoid costly litigation.

Litigation

  • Successfully represented large public university in Title IX lawsuit obtaining summary judgment on all counts.
  • Successfully represented private university in student-discipline lawsuit in federal district court, obtaining dismissal for lack of personal jurisdiction.
  • Won class action status for lawsuit against the Missouri Department of Corrections on behalf of inmates sentenced to life imprisonment as juveniles. Suit alleged that department ignored due diligence for inmates.
  • Achieved full dismissal of mail order pharmacy from case alleging improper dispensing of prescription drugs.
  • Achieved full dismissal of corporation from case alleging a suit on account and account stated.
  • Successfully argued motion to dismiss regarding unjust enrichment claims.
  • Successfully defended and resolved medical malpractice cases against various healthcare providers, including hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, and individual providers.
  • Recouped 12+ months of assessments for St. Louis condominium association. Resident sold unit in response to our filing for judicial foreclosure; resident also dismissed counterclaims for malicious slander of title in response to our motion for summary judgment.
Case Studies
Black Leaders Advancing Quality Urban Education (BLAQUE)

Dr. Cokethea Hill had a vision for creating a nonprofit organization that advances educational equity and improves educational outcomes for African-American children in public schools. While Dr. Hill had a robust framework for how to achieve the underlying goals, the scope and boldness of her ideas required a sophisticated approach to the organization’s formative stages.  

Dr. Hill met Demetrius Peterson through a relationship he made in the Centurions Leadership Program, the Kansas City Chamber of Commerce’s two-year leadership development program. After an initial consultation, Dr. Hill retained Husch Blackwell to transform her vision into a reality.

Articles | September 27, 2019
EQ: Why Startups Should Consider Litigation Risk
Blog | September 11, 2019
Watch Out for the FTC with your #SponCon
News Releases | May 28, 2020
Husch Blackwell Named CLOC's Inaugural Legal Innovation in Operations Project Award Winner

Husch Blackwell is believed to be the only law firm to date to be recognized by both the CLOC LIO Project and ACC Value Champion award series for its ability to implement legal solutions that cut spending, improve predictability and achieve better outcomes.

News Releases | July 05, 2019
Husch Blackwell's Ault and Mullineaux Receive 2019 Missouri Bar Pro Bono Publico Awards

The Missouri Bar presents its Pro Bono Publico Awards annually to attorneys who have rendered outstanding pro bono service to indigent or low-income persons in need of legal assistance.

Community Leadership
  • Recent Alumni Advisory Board for the Trulaske College of Business
  • Kappa Delta Sorority, St. Louis University, Chapter Advisory Board
  • Griffths Leadership Society for Women

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