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Theresa L. Davis

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 partner in the firm’s Complex Litigation Group. Theresa’s practice is focused on high-profile litigation, crisis management, and state and federal regulatory investigations. She has extensive experience in litigation matters pending in federal and state courts throughout the country.

Theresa has substantial experience defending companies and their directors, officers and key employees in a wide range of matters arising from allegations of minority shareholder oppression, breaches of fiduciary duties, accounting irregularities, FCPA violations, AKS violations, insider trading, inadequate or misleading public disclosures, purchase price disputes, and options backdating. Theresa has represented corporate clients in numerous internal investigations, compliance reviews, government investigations, and enforcement actions and frequently counsels clients on a wide range of strategic litigation and corporate governance matters.

Theresa’s clients include companies in numerous fields of endeavor, including financial services, life sciences, telecommunications, technology, banking, real estate and insurance. Theresa’s philosophy is to first understand her clients’ big-picture business goals and objectives and then to approach each matter from this business-oriented perspective. Theresa has successfully represented the nation’s largest and most prominent corporations, as well as smaller and emerging companies. She ensures that her clients are part of the process at every step and believes that the more informed and involved her clients are, the better able they are to make critical decisions affecting their businesses.

Employment History

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

Honors & Awards

  • Named in Illinois Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters Business (2012-2016)
  • Listed in the Top 50 Women “Illinois Super Lawyers” (2013-2016)
  • Listed in the Top 100 “Illinois Super Lawyers” (2013-2015)
  • Recommended “Top Lawyers in Illinois” in Commercial Litigation, Leading Lawyers Network, A Division of Law Bulletin Publishing Company (2011-2016)

Professional Affiliations

  • 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
  • Faculty, The John Marshall Law School