Teresa Valderrama, a Shareholder in the Houston, Texas office of Jackson Lewis P.C., is Board Certified in Labor and Employment Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 1993. The Best Lawyers in America and Chambers USA America’s Leading Lawyers for Business have named Teresa a leading Labor lawyer and an Employment Litigation lawyer for over a decade, and Texas SuperLawyers has recognized Teresa repeatedly as one of Texas’s “Top 50 Female Super Lawyers” over the same period. Best Lawyers named Teresa as its 2014 Houston Labor Law - Management "Lawyer of the Year," and Texas Lawyer honored Teresa in December 2012 as “Top Notch,” one of only five Texas employment lawyers to receive this five-year recognition. Teresa also holds the highest Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating. She is serving her ninth year on the Texas State Bar Labor and Employment Law Section Executive Council.
Within the Firm, Teresa has a general, management-side employment law practice, in addition to a particular focus on wage and hour matters, the FLSA, and corporate investigations: She counsels employers in all aspects of workplace law and represents employers in employment claims, lawsuits and appeals. This includes non-competition and theft of trade secret disputes, in addition to discrimination, workplace tort, whistleblower, labor arbitration, and collective/class wage actions. Moreover, Teresa's experience extends into various other civil litigation matters involving workplace law, such as commercial fraud, RICO, and contract claims. Teresa also represents employers in investigative and agency proceedings with the United States Occupational Safety & Health Administration (SOx/Dodd Frank/OSH) and the Department of Labor, among others.
Teresa graduated top of the class from the University of Houston Law Center in 1988 (J.D., summa cum laude). Her undergraduate degree is from Rice University (B.A., English and economics). While at the University of Houston, Teresa served as law intern to the Honorable Carolyn King of the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. Teresa also has served as an adjunct professor of employment law at the University of Houston Law Center.
Teresa, a mother of four, is active in the Houston community with her teenage daughters’ academic and sports activities.