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Teresa L. Grigsby

Teresa focuses her practice on the defense of commercial and public entities at the pretrial, trial and appellate stages in both federal and state courts. An active part of her practice involves representation of public bodies including townships, counties, port authorities, airports, election boards, villages, and cities, and their employees in cases involving constitutional claims, tort actions, public record/open meeting requirements, eminent domain, zoning, contract disputes and administrative appeals. In addition, Teresa also represents private organizations, corporations and individuals in a variety of commercial litigation disputes.


For the past ten years, Teresa has held an “AV Preeminent” rating through Martindale Hubbell.  Teresa has a special expertise in appellate practice and was selected by American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell® as a 2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Appellate Law.  Teresa was named to the 2017 Edition of “Best Lawyers in America” in the areas of Civil Rights Law and Litigation-Municipal.  “Best Lawyers in America” also recognized Teresa as the 2017 “Lawyer of the Year” for Toledo in the area of Civil Rights Law.


Teresa has served on the Citizens Dispute Mediation Team, Grievance Investigation Committee, Notary Public Committee of the Toledo Bar Association, and is a Founder and Director of Friends of Russian Orphans.  She is also a member of the Board of Directors of Adriel School, which provides residential adoption and foster case services to disadvantaged children.


Representative Matters

• Jones v. Sandusky County, 6th Cir. No. 15-3378, 2016 WL 3269530 (June 15, 2016)

• Ward v. City of Norwalk, 6th Cir. No. 15-3018, 2016 WL 402975 (Feb. 3, 2016)

• Smith v. Erie County Sheriff’s Dept., 603 Fed. Appx. 414 (6th Cir. 2015)

• Burdine v. Kaiser, 524 Fed. Appx. 164 (6th Cir. 2013)

• Hamrick v. Bryan City Schools, 6th Dist. No WM-10-014, 2011-Ohio-2572

• State ex. rel. Toledo Blade Company v. Toledo Lucas County Port Authority, 121 Ohio St. 3d 537, 2009-Ohio-1767;

• Reid Machinery v. Lanzer, Case No. 09-3665 (6th Cir. 2010)
• Houck v. Board of Park Commissioners (2007), 116 Ohio St. 3d 148
• Katz v. Ohio Insurance Guaranty Association (2004), 103 Ohio St. 3d. 4
• Magrum v. Meinike (N.D. Oh. 2004), 332 F. Supp. 2d 1071
• Palshook v. Jarrett (N.D. Ohio 2000), 120 F. Supp. 2d 641
• Citizens Against Burlington v. Busey (U.S. Ct. App. 1991), cert. denied (1991), 112 S. Ct. 616
• Wauseon Plaza Limited Partnership v. Wauseon Hardware (2004), 156 Ohio App. 3d 575
• Terry v. Ottawa County Board of MRDD (2002), 151 Ohio App. 3d 234
• Truman v. Village of Clay Center (2005), 160 Ohio App. 3d 78 Smith v. Zachrich Construction Co. (2003), 2003 Ohio 2819 (Defiance County)
• Mermer v. Medical Correspondence Services (1996), 115 Ohio App.3d 717
• Leonard v. Lipsey, Case No. 3: 04CV763, (N.D. Ohio June 8, 2007)
• Woods v. LaGrange, Case No. 3:05 CV 7060 (N. D. Ohio Feb. 23, 2006)
• Swanton Twp. Bd. of Trustees v. Toledo Lucas County Port Authority (1990), 66 Ohio App. 3d 555
• Toledo Lucas County Port Authority v. Childers Limousine Service, 2007-Ohio-5749 (Lucas County)
• Villa v. Village of Elmore, 2005-Ohio-6649 (Lucas County App.)



Ohio State Bar Association
Toledo Bar Association
Associate Editor, University of Toledo Law Review
Officer of Zion United Methodist Church
Founder, Director and Secretary, Friends of Russian Orphans



900 Adams Street
Toledo, OH, 43604



Bowling Green State University
(B.S. 1982, summa cum laude) University of Toledo
(J.D. 1985, magna cum laude)



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