Teresa DeFord, Esq.
Born on Christmas Eve 1966 in Lansing, Michigan, Teresa DeFord, Esq. grew up in the small, Mid-Michigan farming community of Ovid. Teresa later studied political philosophy and criminal justice at Michigan State University. While at Michigan State, Teresa had the opportunity to participate in two internships with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration in Washington, D.C. Teresa’s internships turned into a fascinating five year career with the DEA as an Intelligence Research Specialist, which took her from Washington, D.C. to San Francisco, California, and finally to Houston, Texas. After five years with the DEA, Teresa started law school at the University of Houston Law Center. During law school, Teresa became a member of the Phi Delta Phi legal fraternity and was inducted into the Order of the Barons. Teresa was also the Senior Articles Editor for the Houston Law Review during her third year of law school. Teresa graduated from the University of Houston Law Center cum laude and was admitted to the Texas bar in 1995. She was admitted to the Louisiana bar in 2001. Over the last 15 years, Teresa’s legal practice has focused primarily on personal injury defense trial law, with an emphasis on trucking and oilfield injury litigation defense. Teresa has also handled business and employment law matters and numerous appeals. Recently, Teresa has found a passion in helping people learn how to best protect their families and businesses and she has expanded her practice to focus on that need. Because of her passion for helping the people and businesses in her community, Teresa is very active in The Woodlands community. She is on the board of directors for both The Woodlands and Montgomery County Bar Associations, and The Community Clinic, a local free health clinic. Teresa also enjoys playing golf and is active with a women’s golf organization called Women on Course. Teresa is also active in The Woodlands Chamber of Commerce and is a 2009 graduate of Leadership Montgomery County. Teresa has been married to her husband Mark, a computer engineer she met while at Michigan State, since 1992. She and Mark have two busy boys (10 and 3) and the family resides in The Woodlands, Texas.