In the BeginningTaft Stettinius & Hollister LLP traces its roots back to 1885, when Worthington & Strong was founded by Judge William Worthington and Edward W. Strong. John L. Stettinius and John B. Hollister joined the firm after its founding, at which point the firm became known as Worthington, Strong, Stettinius & Hollister. In January 1923, Judge Worthington passed away. In the following year, a young firm headed by Robert A. Taft (who later became a U.S. Senator) and Charles P. Taft II, sons of former President William Howard Taft, joined the older firm to become Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP.The firm came to local prominence and national stature. For example, the firm's labor department, led by J. Mack Swigert, was instrumental in helping Senator Taft draft and pass the groundbreaking Taft-Hartley Act in 1947.Strategic GrowthThrough a series of successful mergers and the establishment of new offices, Taft has become a premier regional law firm.
June 1983: Taft Cincinnati partner David Johnson moved to Columbus, Ohio to launch our Columbus office. As Taft continued to establish itself as a preeminent Ohio firm, it seemed appropriate that the firm should have an office in the state’s capital.
April 1986: The firm opened an office across the river in Northern Kentucky. Three Taft attorneys, including the current partner-in-charge of our Kentucky office, Robert Craig, relocated from the Cincinnati office to Covington to support our growing clientele throughout Kentucky.
January 2001: Cleveland-based Kelley, McCann & Livingstone joined the four attorneys in Taft’s Cleveland office. Known for its public law and litigation capabilities, the Kelley McCann lawyers welcomed the opportunity to join the Taft family and expand their services to clients throughout Northeast Ohio.
July 2003: Hugh Wall III joined the firm and opened Taft’s Dayton office, which gave Taft a physical presence in a city where it already had many clients. By 2009, the office had more than 30 attorneys, and it has continued to expand client services since then.
May 2008: Taft merged with Sommer Barnard, a prominent, full-service Indianapolis firm with more than 100 attorneys. The merger gave Taft and Sommer Barnard a regional presence, as well as greater depth in meeting a variety of business and individual legal needs.
September 2008: Taft’s commitment to the Cleveland region was enhanced with the merger of Kahn Kleinman, a highly respected commercial real estate, corporate, and tax firm. The merger was named by Crain’s Cleveland Business as one of the “10 Deals That Mattered Most in 2008.”
January 2012: Taft’s merger with Chester Willcox & Saxbe strengthened its presence in Ohio’s capital city. In addition to litigation, business, labor & employment, and private client practices, CWS attorneys provided a sophisticated energy practice.
January 2014: Taft merged with Shefsky & Froelich, a Chicago law firm with 70 attorneys. The merger extended Taft’s footprint to the financial hub of the Midwestern region and enhanced Taft’s offerings to clients in other markets.
July 2017: Taft opened an office in Delaware, Ohio, due to the growth rate in Delaware County and clients' interest in doing business in Delaware County, among other factors.
January 2020: Taft combined with Minneapolis-based firm Briggs and Morgan, a firm of approximately 140 attorneys with experience in energy, finance, telecommunications, and transportation. Expanding Taft’s presence to the Twin Cities, a top market in the Midwest and flourishing business community, provides a larger platform to address the evolving needs of clients.
February 2021: Taft opened an office in Washington, DC, substantially expanding its existing group of public affairs professionals by establishing a new bipartisan and diverse federal, state, and local Public Affairs Strategies Group (PASG) in the nation’s capital and its Midwestern markets.
With 675 attorneys, Taft is more vibrant and engaged in a wider range of work than ever before — with clients, both individual and corporate, whose needs for legal services range from local to international in scope. The firm has 11 offices in six states, plus the District of Columbia:
In addition, the firm has an established Japanese practice based in the United States.
Throughout the firm's history, our focus has remained constant: to provide clients, both large and small, with sound legal guidance driven by a collaborative approach to gain optimal results.Show more +
Ms. Taylor defends individuals and corporations during investigations and before federal courts, the U.S. Department of Justice, U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. Department of Treasury, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, and other involved federal agencies (BIS, OFAC, SEC, FBI, DHL, IRS, etc.) concerning alleged civil and criminal violations of U.S. trade sanctions and import-export regulations, the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA) and anti-money laundering statutes, and related laws (IEEPA, TWEA, US Patriot Act, ITAR, etc.). Teresa also completes compliance work relating to the above.
Teresa successfully represented Appellant, Epsilon Electronics, at the trial and appellate levels against the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the OFAC; and her appellate briefs and oral argument before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia resulted in effectively a ground-breaking reversal of a maximum egregious penalty imposed by OFAC against her client. Epsilon Elecs., Inc. v. U.S. Dep’t of the Treasury, 857 F.3d 913, 920 (D.C. Cir. 2017). The opinion may be viewed HERE, and oral argument heard HERE.
Before joining Taft, Ms. Taylor was a partner in a DC boutique law firm, a Senior Attorney at the U.S. Department of the Treasury, and an Associate at a prominent “Magic Circle” global law firm. Ms. Taylor also served as a federal law clerk for three U.S. District Court judges in the Western District of Virginia: The Hon. James C. Turk, The Hon. James P. Jones, and The Hon. Michael F. Urbanski.
Ms. Taylor’s international human rights work includes participation in the UN Conference on the Establishment of the International Criminal Court, where she assisted in drafting the gender crimes portion of the Statute of the Court and advocated to country delegations on the need for inclusion of gender crimes in the Statute. She additionally founded and served as the Executive Director of a non-profit organization whose mission was to raise awareness of contemporary genocidal atrocities not receiving adequate media attention with a focus on the need for justice and accountability under international humanitarian law.
Ms. Taylor is an appointed member to the District of Columbia Court of Appeals, Board on Professional Responsibility, Hearing Committee. The Hearing Committee hears cases concerning attorney disciplinary matters and makes recommendations for discipline to the Board. Ms. Taylor has also taught as an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University Law Center, and other colleges.
Ms. Taylor’s pro bono work includes appellate criminal defense and prosecution in New York for both the Office of the Appellate Defender in Manhattan, and the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office, Appeals Bureau; and representation of a death row inmate before the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights.
Outside of the office, you can find her on the polo field, spending time with her son, traveling, painting, and sculpting.
Teresa also holds the exclusive White Collar Crime membership in New York, please view her profile here.Show more +
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