Teresa D. Teare



Teresa D. Teare

Phone: 410-843-3459
Fax: 410-752-8861
E-Mail: teare@shawe.com

Teresa D. Teare is a co-managing partner at Shawe Rosenthal who represents employers and management in labor and employment-related litigation. She regularly represents clients from a broad range of industries including non-profits, educational institutions, manufacturers, and insurance companies throughout the federal, state and local court system and before administrative agencies.

Teresa is an experienced litigator who handles claims involving discrimination, harassment, wrongful discharge, wage and hour violations, including collective and class actions, and enforceability of not-to-compete covenants.  In addition to her litigation practice, Teresa counsels clients on strategies and best practices to create positive work environments and ensure compliance with the law. Teresa advises clients in virtually every facet of employment law including implementation of policies; recruitment and selection of employees; hiring procedures; wage and hour compliance; counseling and disciplinary actions; family and medical leave act management; disability accommodations; performance evaluation and review process; investigations resulting from allegations of harassment; and termination of the employment relationship, including mass layoffs.  She also drafts and negotiates executive agreements on behalf of her clients. Teresa regularly provides training to management and employees on a variety of issues, including anti-discrimination and anti-harassment laws, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

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Teresa is active in the Maryland State Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section, where she currently serves as Chair of the Section.  She is also an active member of the Employment Law Alliance, a global network of employment attorneys.

Practice Areas

  • Accommodations – Disability and Religion
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution (Arbitration and Mediation)
  • Discrimination, Harassment and Retaliation
  • Employment Audits
  • Employment, Non-Compete/Non-Solicit, Confidentiality and Severance Agreements
  • Employment Litigation, including complex Class and Collective Actions
  • FMLA/ADA/Workers’ Compensation Leave Management
  • Human Resources Advice and Counseling
  • Independent Contractor Issues
  • Investigations and Corporate Governance
  • Personnel Policies, Procedures and Handbooks
  • Unfair Competition, Restrictive Covenants and Trade Secrets Litigation
  • Wage and Hour Compliance and Litigation
  • Whistleblower Actions


  • Best Lawyers – Baltimore 2023 Management Employment “Lawyer of the Year”
  • Best Lawyers – Baltimore 2020 Litigation Labor and Employment “Lawyer of the Year”
  • Best Lawyers 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023
  • Recipient The Daily Record Leading Women Award 2016


  • American Bar Association
  • Maryland Bar Association
  • Chair, Labor & Employment Law Section 2022-Present
  • Fellow, Maryland Bar Foundation
  • Chair Elect, Labor & Employment Law Section 2020-2022
  • Recording Secretary, 2018-2020
  • Council Member, 2016-2018


  • University of Baltimore School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 2005
    – Comments Editor, Law Review
  • Villanova University, B.A., cum laude, 2000

Bar Admissions

  • Maryland and District of Columbia
  • United States District Court for the District of Maryland
  • United States Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit



Teresa D. Teare and Courtney B. Amelung won partial dismissal of a federal lawsuit against a hospital asserting retaliation

Teresa Teare Spoke at Practising Law Institute

Teresa Teare and Veronica Yu Welsh won a motion to dismiss on behalf of a healthcare employer

Shawe Rosenthal Attorneys Author Maryland Chapter of Lexology's "Employment: North America" Guide

Teresa D. Teare will be featured as a speaker for an upcoming webinar: “Effective Summary Judgment Practice in Federal Court”

Shawe Rosenthal Attorneys Authored the USA Trends And Developments Chapter of The Chambers' Employment 2022 Global Practice Guide

Teresa D. Teare has been named the Litigation – Labor and Employment “Lawyer of the Year” in the Baltimore area by The Best Lawyers in America© 2023

Teresa D. Teare, Veronica Yu Welsh and Bruce S. Harrison won summary judgment for a healthcare employer

Teresa D. Teare Serves As Panel Member For Wage Theft Compliance Series

Shawe Rosenthal LLP Was Ranked In The Top Tier Of Maryland Labor And Employment Law Firms By Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business

Teresa D. Teare and Paul D. Burgin Won a Motion to Dismiss a Federal Lawsuit

Multiple Attorneys Successfully Oppose Plaintiff's Motion In Class And Collective Action

Teresa D. Teare and Paul D. Burgin Win Motion To Dismiss Discrimination & Retaliation Claim

Best Lawyers in America© Honors Shawe Rosenthal

All Shawe Rosenthal Attorneys Recognized by Super Lawyers©

Shawe Rosenthal Authored the Maryland chapter of Lexology's “Employment: North America” Guide

Shawe Rosenthal authored the USA Trends and Developments chapter of Chambers’ Employment 2021 Global Practice Guide

We are delighted to announce that all of our partners were listed in The Best Lawyers in America© 2022, an extremely rare accomplishment

Best Lawyers in America© Includes Eleven Shawe Rosenthal LLP Partners In Its Inaugural 2021 Edition

Teresa D. Teare Was A Presenter At The Maryland State Bar Association's Annual Conference

Eric Hemmendinger and Teresa Teare Successfully Defeat a Motion for Conditional Certification

Teresa D. Teare presented a webinar, “Vaccinations in the Workplace: A Legal Perspective”

Teresa D. Teare and Parker E. Thoeni won summary judgment on a former employee’s claims against an insurance company

Teresa D. Teare moderated a January 21, 2021 webinar, “Employment Law in the US: A Year in Review,” presented by the Employment Law Alliance

Teresa D. Teare and Alexander I. Castelli won a motion to compel arbitration for a nursing care center

Teresa D. Teare and Courtney B. Amelung won dismissal of a federal lawsuit against a hospital asserting failure to promote and retaliation claims under Title VII

Shawe Rosenthal Attorneys Recognized by Super Lawyers

Best Lawyers Honors Shawe Rosenthal

COVID-19 and Beyond: The Top Labor and Employment Law Issues of 2020

Best Lawyers Honors Shawe Rosenthal Attorneys

Teresa D. Teare was elected as Chair Elect of the Council for Maryland State Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Section

Teresa D. Teare authored an article, “What to do when an employee refuses to work during the pandemic”

Teresa D. Teare and Paul D. Burgin Successfully Defended a Residential Program

Best Lawyers Honors Shawe Rosenthal Attorneys

Teresa D. Teare Served as a Panel Member for an ELA Webinar

Teresa D. Teare and Courtney B. Amelung Authored “Best Practices for Employers in the Era of the #MeToo Movement”

Teresa Teare and Paul Burgin Won a Motion to Dismiss a Complaint of Religious Discrimination

Teresa D. Teare was Elected as Secretary of the Maryland State Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Section Council

Best Lawyers in America Recognizes Nine Shawe Rosenthal Partners

Teresa D. Teare was a panelist for the webinar, Sexual Harassment Among the Global Workforce: An HR Perspective in the United States

Victory – Teresa Teare and Parker Thoeni Win Dismissal of Case

Teresa D. Teare was interviewed by WBAL’s John Patti on March 28, 2018, on the issue of sexual misconduct in the workplace.

Teresa Teare was quoted in a March 22, 2018 CityBizList article, “Language, Jokes Are Most Common Types of Sexual Misconduct in the Workplace.”

Teresa Teare Spoke at the City of Baltimore Human Resources Conference

Teresa Teare and Lindsey White Get UI Ruling Overturned

Teresa D. Teare presented at the JunHe International Labor and Employment Law Conference in Shanghai, China

Best Lawyers™ Recognizes Shawe Rosenthal Attorneys

Victory. Teresa D. Teare and Parker E. Thoeni were successful in defending an FLSA wage and hour and wrongful discharge case in the U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland.

Victory. Teresa D. Teare and Lindsey A. White won summary judgment for a technology company in a federal disability discrimination case.

The Maryland Chamber of Commerce showcased Teresa Teare under Women Leaders in their monthly highlights, The Leading Voice.

Teresa Teare Honored as One of The Daily Record's 2016 Leading Women

Shawe Rosenthal Partner, Teresa Teare, was named one of The Daily Record's 2016 Leading Women

Shawe Rosenthal Continues to have a Presence on Maryland State Bar Association's Labor and Employment Section Council

Firm Attorneys to Participate in Roundtable Discussion Focused on Religious Accommodation in the Workplace

Teresa D. Teare and Parker E. Thoeni were quoted in a recent article in the Baltimore Business Journal

Making Sure Employment Decisions Comply with the Law.

Teresa D. Teare was Extensively Quoted in a Recent Article by Thompson's HR Compliance Expert, "Employers in Colorado within Rights to Fire Medical Marijuana Users."

Liz Torphy-Donzella and Teresa Teare Presented "Conducting Legally Compliant Employment Background Checks" on Behalf of hrsimple.com

Mark J. Swerdlin and Teresa D. Teare Presenting Webinar

Teresa D. Teare to Present Before The Maryland Chapter of RIMS

Teresa D. Teare Spoke on the Affordable Care Act

Teresa D. Teare Successful in Disability and Gender Discrimination Case

Kraig Long and Teresa Teare to Speak at the Employee/Labor Relations Meeting of the Maryland Healthcare Human Resources Association