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Theresa L. Davis



  • Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology, J.D., with honors
  • University of Wisconsin - Madison, B.A., with highest distinction

Professional Admissions / Qualifications

  • Illinois

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Second Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court - Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court - Central District of Illinois

Theresa is a member of the firm's Financial Industry Group. She represents banks, financial institutions, private equity and hedge funds and other parties in connection with corporate reorganizations and bankruptcies, loan workouts, commercial disputes, financial services litigation, and corporate governance matters. Theresa has extensive experience in complex commercial litigation involving matters pending in federal and state courts throughout the country.

Theresa also has substantial experience representing public and private companies and their directors, officers and key employees in securities actions, directors’ and officers’ liability actions and regulatory investigations. She has conducted more than a dozen internal investigations for corporate clients, boards of directors and board committees, and is skilled in handling matters involving the interaction between regulatory investigations, enforcement proceedings and civil lawsuits. She has handled a wide range of matters arising from allegations of accounting irregularities, breaches of fiduciary duties, insider trading, inadequate or misleading public disclosures, purchase price disputes, options backdating and other regulatory violations.

Theresa’s clients include companies in numerous fields of endeavor, including banking, financial services, telecommunications, technology, life sciences, real estate and insurance. With her depth of industry experience, she is often called upon to perform both transactional and litigation work involving domestic and cross-border transactions.

Employment History

  • 2013 - Reed Smith
  • 2009 - Loeb & Loeb
  • 2001 - Katten Muchin Rosenman

Honors & Awards

  • Named in Illinois Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters Business (2012-2015)
  • Listed in the Top 50 Women “Illinois Super Lawyers” (2013-2015)
  • Listed in the Top 100 “Illinois Super Lawyers” (2013)
  • Recommended “Top Lawyers in Illinois” in Commercial Litigation, Leading Lawyers Network, A Division of Law Bulletin Publishing Company (2011-2015)

Professional Affiliations

  • Member, International Women’s Insolvency and Restructuring Confederation
  • Member, Turnaround Management Association
  • Member, American Bankruptcy Institute 
  • Board Member, National Women’s Law Center, Washington, D.C.
  • Board Member, ABA Commission on Women in the Profession, Research Advisory Board
  • Executive Committee Member, CBA Alliance for Women and former Co-Chair of Women’s Leadership Institute