How Teresa Helps Clients
Teresa Beck has litigated and supervised the litigation of hundreds of civil cases. She represents a wide variety of clients, including small and large businesses, non-profits, governmental entities, senior care centers, grocery chains, parking management companies, developers, law firms, insurance companies and individuals. Teresa’s skill set includes representation of employers in employment-related litigation, personal injury defense, construction matters, contracts and civil litigation of all types. Additionally, Teresa serves as outside general counsel for several corporations, providing advice on corporate filings, records, franchises, contracts and related services. She also serves as vice chancellor of the Episcopal Diocese in San Diego.
Teresa is AV Rated by AmLaw and Martindale Hubbell in the areas of Litigation and Labor and Employment, and has been selected to the San Diego Super Lawyers® list consecutively since 2017. She has also been named CLM’s 2018 Outside Counsel of the Year for her work on claims and litigation management.
What Clients Can Expect
Teresa thrives on strategy and negotiation. She is a problem solver who works through a number of solutions to help clients achieve practical results that are in the client’s best interests – whether that means avoiding a trial or not. Teresa looks for opportunities to provide value-added benefits to her clients, which can include anything from training about accident report writing, to continuing education opportunities for claims professionals and in-house counsel.
Outside the Office
Teresa is passionate about the advancement of women in the workforce, work/life management, and diversity and inclusion causes. She is involved with and serves as a board member for a number of organizations whose missions align with her interests. As a board member with the National Conference of Women’s Bar Associations, she co-created the nationally known GOOD Guys program – cutting-edge curriculum designed to engage male leadership in diversity and inclusion to ensure businesses are benefiting from all of the financial and motivational rewards of diversity and inclusion. (See the toolkit at www.goodguysinlaw.com.)
In her role as a co-chair of the Work Life Management Sub-Committee of the Woman Advocate Committee of the American Bar Association’s Litigation Section, Teresa and her co-chairs co-edited a collection of stories of women lawyers across the United States, entitled "HerStory: Lessons in Success From Lawyers Who Live It,” published in 2017.
In 2014, she was awarded the prestigious Belva Lockwood Award by Lawyers Club of San Diego for her work to advance women, and she was awarded the National Diversity Council’s “Diversity First” Award in 2016. Teresa is deeply involved in her church, and she and her husband and three children often volunteer for various church activities.
- Teresa regularly shares her knowledge and experience about verdict assessment through verdict evaluation workshops and webinars. Topics to date have included construction verdicts, Reptile verdicts, trucking verdicts, and restaurant and retail verdicts, among others
- Teresa recently helped a concrete mix company secure a settlement of a wrongful death claim involving a co-defendant who was considered an equally culpable party. After complex discovery and strategic use of experts, Teresa and her team developed evidence to demonstrate the co-defendant was the primary responsible party, and the case resolved with the client paying only $90,000 to settle the case, and the co-defendant paying $2,500,000.
- When Plaintiff’s counsel in a personal injury case refused to engage in settlement discussions unless Teresa’s client would agree to offer a sum far in excess of the value of the case, Teresa led the defense team through trial, and obtained a verdict far below Plaintiff’s counsel’s settlement demand. Teresa and her team, well-versed in “Reptile” techniques used by plaintiff attorneys, used her knowledge of “Anti-Reptile” strategies to drive down the case value.
- Teresa resolved a contentious contractual indemnity claim on behalf of a national bank against a realtor who was required (but failed) to defend and indemnify the bank against claims of a prospective buyer who was injured while viewing a foreclosed home. A settlement recovering the bulk of defense fees and costs expended in the defense was achieved.
- Teresa recently assisted a long term non-profit client enter into a strategic agreement to franchise a specialized adult day care operation. Teresa coordinated a team of franchise and medical compliance experts to close the deal which is anticipated to result in the creation of over 200 franchises across the US in the next 10 years.
- Teresa regularly shares her knowledge and experience about verdict assessment through verdict evaluation workshops and webinars. Topics to date have included construction verdicts, Reptile verdicts, trucking verdicts, and restaurant and retail verdicts, among others.
University of San Diego School of Law, J.D., 1990, magna cum laude
San Diego State University, B.S., 1986
American Bar Foundation, Fellow
Claims and Litigation Management, member of multiple committees
American Bar Association; co-chair of the Work/Life Management Subcommittee of the Woman Advocate Committee, Section of Litigation
National Conference of Women’s Bar Association, Vice President of Finance
National Diversity Council, Vice President of San Diego Chapter
San Diego County Bar Association
San Diego Defense Lawyers
Lawyers Club of San Diego
National Diversity Council
American Bar Association's Immigration Justice Project, board member