Armstrong Teasdale Names Tessa Trelz Head of Corporate Services

January 16, 2014 Press Releases

Armstrong Teasdale has named partner Therese “Tessa” Rolufs Trelz head of its Corporate Services Group (CSG). The CSG, which is one of the firm’s core areas, provides comprehensive representation in all areas of business and transactional law. The group’s more than 25 practitioners advise clients on matters ranging from corporate governance and compliance, commercial contracting and finance and investments to mergers and acquisitions.

“This appointment is a great testament to Tessa’s leadership skills and in-depth knowledge of corporate law and complex commercial transactions,” said Michael A. Chivell, Armstrong Teasdale’s managing partner. “She consistently has delivered innovative business solutions to clients, with whom she has developed a strong bond as corporate counsel. At the same time, Tessa has served as an advocate for and mentor to our lawyers in an effort to help them reach their greatest potential.”

In her practice, Trelz represents clients ranging from international publicly-held corporations to local privately owned midsize corporations. Her work involves outside general counsel representations, strategic sales and purchases of products and services (including information technology), mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, and shareholder and board of directors matters.

Founder of the firm’s Professional Advancement of Women Program, Trelz received the 2013 “Inspiring St. Louisan” Award from the St. Louis County NAACP and the 2010 Women Trailblazer Award from the University of Missouri-St.Louis. She chairs the Mercy Health Foundation board of directors and is a member of the Mercy St. Louis Hospital and Mercy Health East Communities boards of directors. She also is a founder, member, and past-chair of the Women’s Initiative Leadership Council and a member of the Chancellor’s Council, at UM-St. Louis and was recognized as a 2009 Business Practitioner Women’s Justice Award Honoree by the St. Louis Daily Record.

She received her J.D., cum laude and Order of the Woolsack, from Saint Louis University School of Law in 1987 and B.A., with distinction, from the University of Virginia in 1981.