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Tessa is a native of Waco and attended Baylor University where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in both Psychology and Sociology. While at Baylor, Tessa became a member of Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society and TriDelta fraternity. After college, Tessa worked as a research assistant for Baylor Scott and White’s Warriors Research Institute. There she collected data and administered evidence-based mental health treatments for veterans and first-responders in the Waco community.

Tessa received her Juris Doctor degree from the University of Texas in 2021. While at the University of Texas, she participated in pro bono clinics and was a member of the Texas Law Women’s Christian Fellowship.

In her spare time, Tessa enjoys reading, traveling, playing tennis, and spending time with family, friends, and her mini goldendoodle, Kevin.

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  • State Bar of Texas, 1983


  • University of Texas Law School, Austin, Texas
  • Juris Doctorate - 2021
  • Baylor University, Waco, Texas
  • Bachelor of Arts Psychology & Sociology - 2016


  • Member, State Bar of Texas
  • Member, Waco-McLennan County Bar Association