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Waco, Texas 76701
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Ms. Tekell has extensive experience in school law as well as in employment and civil rights law. She served as in-house counsel for a large public school district for ten years, and prior to going in-house full-time, handled civil litigation matters on both sides of the civil docket in federal and state courts.
As a school attorney, she handles issues particular to public school districts, including special education mediation and due process hearings, grievances, personnel matters, open government issues, TEA and Office of Civil Rights complaints and Title IX, harassment, discrimination, retaliation and bullying investigations. She also has experience with employment and civil rights matters, including Texas Education Code Chapter 21 contracts, non-renewals and terminations. Since she served as in-house counsel for a fast growth school district, she also has extensive experience with AIA construction and professional services contracting, management and disputes. She also holds a Texas teaching certificate and taught high school for two years.
Before specializing in school law, Ms. Tekell handled complex business, insurance, employment and civil rights litigation. She spent several years defending first party insurance claims across the state of Texas. After law school, she served for two years as a Briefing Attorney for the United States District Court for the Western District of Texas, Waco Division. Ms. Tekell joined the firm in 2022 as an Of Counsel attorney.
Presently, Ms. Tekell is serving as a Trustee on the Waco ISD Board of Trustees.
– Baylor University School of Law (1989), Juris Doctorate
– Baylor University (1986), Bachelor of Arts American Studies, with Honors