Theresa Macellaro is a litigator who handles high-profile litigation, including mediations, arbitrations and trials, in state and federal court. She has been recognized by her peers as being one of Southern California’s “Super Lawyers,” an honor bestowed on the top five percent of her profession. A Forbes entity selected and interviewed Macellaro as one of “America’s Most Influential Women,” as did a Fortune entity as one of “America’s Best CEOs and Best Corporate Lawyers.” Los Angeles City Beat Magazine has called her a “Powerhouse litigator.” Macellaro and her cases can be read about in many publications, including the Hollywood Reporter, Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Daily Journal, New York Daily Journal, and Chicago Tribune, among others. The Los Angeles Lakers and Comerica Bank jointly presented her with their “Best of Los Angeles Women’s Business Award for Women of Entrepreneurship” for excelling in the legal field during half-time at the February 16, 2010, Lakers game against the Warriors (Lakers 104; Warriors 94).
Her experience includes interning at the United States Attorney’s Office (S.D.N.Y.) and externing for a Federal Court Judge. She learned litigation skills working at large, prestigious firms, including New York’s Cravath, Swaine & Moore, where she spent the first four years of her career. Ms. Macellaro is a recognized authority on litigation skills and tactics. She taught litigation skills at a national law school, has chaired an American Bar Association Committee, was the Editor of an American Bar Association publication, and is a frequent panelist and speaker, including speaking twice at American Bar Association Annual Conventions. She also has served on the Board of Directors of Public Counsel and the American Judicature Society, and currently serves on the Board of Overseers of the Los Angeles Philharmonic.
- New York University School of Law, J.D. (1987)
- Smith College, Phi Beta Kappa with Honors (1984)
- London School of Economics, General Study, Junior Year Abroad (1982-83)