Teresa M. 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. Ms. Beck’s skill set includes representation of employers in employment-related litigation, personal injury defense, construction matters, contracts and civil litigation of all types. Additionally, Ms. Beck serves as outside general counsel for several corporations, providing advice on corporate filings, records, franchises, contracts and related services. She also serves as a vice chancellor of the Episcopal Diocese in San Diego.
Ms. Beck is an AV®-Preeminent™ rated attorney by 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 Claim and Litigation Management Alliance (CLM)’s 2018 Outside Counsel of the Year for her work on claims and litigation management.
Ms. Beck 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 and work for the client’s business – whether that means avoiding a trial or not. Ms. Beck 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.
Ms. Beck is passionate about the advancement of women in the workforce, work/life management, and diversity, equity, and inclusion causes. She is involved with and serves as a board member for a number of organizations whose missions align with her interests. Ms. Beck was sworn in as President of National Conference of Women’s Bar Associations (NCWBA) in 2022. Previously, while on the board of the NCWBA, she co-created the nationally known GOOD Guys program – cutting-edge curriculum designed to engage male leadership in diversity, equity, and inclusion to ensure businesses are benefiting from all of the financial and motivational rewards of diversity, equity, and inclusion.
In her role as a co-chair of the Book Sub-Committee of the Woman Advocate Committee of the American Bar Association’s Litigation Section, Ms. Beck 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. The Committee is currently working on another book, HerStory 2, which will tell the stories of women across the country about overcoming obstacles.
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.
- University of San Diego School of Law (J.D., magna cum laude)
- San Diego State University (B.S., Political Science)