Teresa has been a champion for civil rights since she began her career representing disabled people who had been discriminated against and/or physically denied access due to their disability. Teresa sought and was instrumental in achieving fair treatment and reasonable accommodations for the disabled community throughout Northern California. As a class action attorney, Teresa fought for the rights of thousands of low-income employees who were denied overtime pay, minimum wages, and meal and rest breaks in violation of California’s wage and hour laws. Teresa continues her pursuit of justice as an associate with Haddad & Sherwin where she now represents individuals and families who are victims of wrongful death and police misconduct. Teresa has consistently strived to improve the lives of others and hold accountable those persons or entities who have impeded access to basic human rights entitled to all. Teresa is inspired by the quote from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
Admitted: 2009, California
Graduate: George Washington School of Law, LL.M., Litigation and Dispute Resolution
Law school: University of the District of Columbia, David A. Clarke School of Law, J.D.
Undergraduate: California State University, Hayward, BA Political Science
Member: National Police Accountability Project; National Lawyers Guild, San Francisco/Bay Area chapter; Black Women Lawyers of Northern California; San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association
Personal: Teresa resides in the East Bay with her husband and children. She enjoys going to amusement parks with her children, whitewater rafting, swimming, and playing the piano. When she’s not working or spending time with her family, she mentors former foster youth who have aged out of the foster care system.