Admitted to Practice:Kansas, 2010
Education:J.D., Washburn University, 2010
Teresa A. Mata represents governmental entities and private employers, their officials and employees in the defense of claims, including civil rights claims, employment and labor law, insurance defense, inverse condemnation, personal injury, professional negligence law, and general civil litigation. Teresa regularly represents employers in state and federal district court cases. Teresa is experienced defending against claims of discrimination and retaliation under the ADA, ADEA, EPA, FMLA, Title VII, Section 1981, Section 1983 and Section 1985 and under state employment statutes. In 2016, Teresa was co-counsel in three separate federal civil rights jury trials which resulted in defense verdicts on behalf of a local municipality and its individual police officers.
Teresa also defends employers against charges of prohibited labor practices and defends public employers in grievance arbitrations involving issues of arbitrability, contract interpretation, demotion, discharge, job bids, management rights, past practices, and promotions. Teresa has extensive experience preparing briefs and legal memoranda on complex issues of law on a variety of legal issues.
Teresa obtained her undergraduate degree in English from the University of Kansas. The summer going into her senior year of undergraduate studies, Teresa completed coursework in Spanish at Menendez Pelayo International University in Barcelona, Spain. After graduation, Teresa worked for a year as a legal assistant turned paralegal at her father’s law firm, Randles Mata & Brown. During law school Teresa worked as a law clerk in the firm’s employment law practice. She also interned with the Missouri State Public Defenders Office in Kansas City, Missouri.
While attending Washburn University School of Law, Teresa was a three-year recipient of the Dawson Scholarship. She served as the Vice-President for the student organization, Equal Justice Works, where she helped organize and participated in two separate public service trips to New Orleans, Louisiana in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. During those trips, Teresa conducted sociological surveys, analyzed the juvenile justice system and school districts, interviewed local businesses and prepared ready-to-go projects in support of the proposed bill, Gulf Coast Civil Works Project, H.R. 4048. In the Spring of 2010, Teresa was awarded the Irvine E. Ungerman Award for excellence in her clinical work at the Washburn Law Clinic.
Prior to joining the Kansas City office of McAnany, Van Cleave & Phillips, P.A., Teresa worked in Emporia, Kansas as a Staff Attorney with Kansas Legal Services (KLS) where she practiced in the areas of felony criminal defense, juvenile offender, child in need of care (CINC), care and treatment, protective orders, domestic advocacy including divorce representation, paternity actions and adoptions. While working for KLS, Teresa managed a large and demanding caseload and served as a Core Member with SOS, a non-profit organization serving victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and neglect.
Teresa is a 2013 graduate of Class 27 of Leadership 2000 of KCK. Presently Teresa serves as a board member for the Downtown Shareholders in Kansas City, Kansas and is on their Outreach/Marketing Committee. Teresa is also an active Board of Governor for the Wyandotte County Bar Association. Teresa resides with her family in Fairway with their Welsh Terrier (or Teddy Bear), Dexter – the cereal killer. Teresa loves binge reading fiction novels, watching movies, eating and dancing.