Tessa provides effective and practical solutions to corporate transactional and governance matters for both public and private clients nationwide.

Overview

With more than 30 years’ experience, Tessa guides companies through highly complex mergers and acquisitions in a variety of industries including financial/payments and manufacturing. She also handles nondisclosure and noncompetition transactions, distributorships, and outsourcing arrangements valued at hundreds of millions of dollars, and frequently counsels on the structure and documentation of joint ventures and other strategic partnerships in which technology and intellectual property assets are key.

Experience

Relative to all types of technology agreements, Tessa has supported clients in high value transactions focused on cloud services, data centers, hosted platforms and other software and data solutions including the purchase and sale of application development, testing, licensing and maintenance services.

Tessa served as counsel to the purchaser of a Netherlands-based software company in the strategic expansion of its existing suite of software products serving the residential and commercial construction industries.

She acted as counsel to a private equity fund in its $20 million investment in a company serving various large industrial and aerospace customers.

She served as outside counsel responsible for more than $35 million in a long term strategic fulfillment and transportation contract for an international retailer.

Tessa served as outside counsel to a client in the financial services industry on a multiyear strategic alliance to provide a suite of technology services in Asia Pacific.

She acted as lead local corporate counsel on a multibillion dollar merger of two publicly traded international organizations.

Tessa acted as lead corporate counsel on the resolution (including ongoing supply agreements) of a high-stakes dispute among owners of a multinational group of companies that design, manufacture and distribute industrial equipment.

She was lead counsel on successive multimillion dollar transactions in which the client was deploying existing technology in innovative arrangements and new service lines with key business partners.

Tessa represented a client in completing numerous acquisitions of manufacturing, distribution, construction and technology companies ranging in value from several million dollars to nearly $100 million.

Recognitions

Recognitions

Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters, University of Missouri-St. Louis, 2017

Named among St. Louis’ Most Influential Business Women, St. Louis Business Journal, 2017

Best Lawyers in America®, Corporate Law, Mergers and Acquisitions Law, 2013-present

Missouri and Kansas Super Lawyers©, 2011, 2012, 2015-present

Inspiring St. Louisan Award, St. Louis County NAACP, 2013

Super Lawyers Business Edition, 2011/2012

University of Missouri-St. Louis Women Trailblazer Award recipient, 2010

Women’s Justice Awards Business Practitioner Honoree, St. Louis Daily Record, 2009

AV® Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell

Professional & Civic Activities

Professional & Civic Activities

The Missouri Bar

Illinois State Bar Association

American Bar Association

Mercy Health, Mercy East Communities Board of Directors, Former Member

Mercy Foundation St. Louis Board of Directors, Founding Member and Former President

University of Missouri-St. Louis Chancellor’s Council, Former Member

  • Chancellor’s Council Advocacy Committee, Former Co-Chair
  • Women’s Leadership Council, Founding Chair

Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri, Former Board Member

Family Support Network (n/k/a Epworth), Former Board Member and President

U.S. Law Firm Group, Women’s Committee Founding Member

Admissions

  • Missouri
  • Illinois

Education

Saint Louis University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1987

  • Order of the Woolsack
  • Public Law Review, Articles Editor

University of Virginia, B.A., Political and Social Thought, with distinction, 1981

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