St. Louis Attorney Tessa Trelz Named a 2017 Most Influential Business Woman

August 11, 2017 Press Releases

Armstrong Teasdale, a law firm with offices across the United States and in China, proudly announces that Corporate Services practice group leader and partner Tessa Rolufs Trelz has been named among the 2017 list of Most Influential Business Women by the St. Louis Business Journal.

The Most Influential Business Women Awards recognize some of the most successful female business leaders in the St. Louis region and highlight their sometimes challenging journeys to success.

“Tessa has been a leader in our firm and in the community for many years,” said John Beulick, managing partner at Armstrong Teasdale.  “We are proud of her accomplishments and important contributions.”

Trelz has nearly 30 years of experience providing transactional and corporate governance counsel to public and private companies throughout the United States. The focus of her practice involves buying and selling businesses, products and services, software and other intellectual property. She has had extensive experience as lead counsel in mergers and acquisitions, ranging in size up to hundreds of millions of dollars, in a variety of industry sectors, most notably financial/payments, technology and manufacturing.

She represents both vendors and users in technology services and consulting agreements, including those for data center and cloud computing environments; hosted platform, software and data solutions; software as a service and data as a service; application development, testing, and maintenance; and licensing and other technology services. Since 2013, Trelz has been named among The Best Lawyers in America® for Corporate Law.

A natural leader and recognized trailblazer, Tessa envisioned, developed and instituted the first professional advancement program for women lawyers in a private firm in the St. Louis region in 1998: the Armstrong Teasdale Women’s Inclusion Network. The program gained broad recognition and encouraged other firms and community organizations to turn their focus to women in business. In 2008, Trelz assisted the University of Missouri-St. Louis in founding its own Women’s Giving Circle designed to support and promote women’s programs throughout the campus. The university awarded Trelz its Women Trailblazer Award for her leadership and guidance.

Active in the local business and legal communities, Trelz is a member of The Missouri Bar, Illinois State Bar Association, Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis, American Bar Association, and is a founding member of the U.S. Law Firm Group Women's Committee. She is on the board of directors for Mercy Health – Mercy East Communities and is a member of the University of Missouri-St. Louis Chancellor’s Council and its Advocacy Committee.

She earned her J.D., cum laude, from Saint Louis University School of Law and B.A. in political and social thought, with distinction, from the University of Virginia. She is admitted to practice law in Missouri and Illinois.

Trelz will be recognized among 24 other leaders in the Aug. 11 edition of the Business Journal.