UCLA Law School (J.D., 1999)
California State University, Fullerton (B.A. International Business, 1995)
State Bar of California
U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
“Southern California Rising Star” by Super Lawyers® (2007, 2009, 2010)
Member, Women in White Collar Crime Defense Association, LA Chapter
Teresa Céspedes Alarcón brings over 20 years of experience in the areas of white-collar criminal defense, parallel administrative proceedings, and business litigation. She represents individuals and businesses in state and federal matters, including Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and commercial bribery investigations and prosecutions, all types of fraud, investor clawback claims, environmental crimes, campaign finance, contract disputes, SEC and regulatory agency enforcement actions, internal investigations, and grand jury proceedings.
Teresa has represented clients in some of the biggest criminal prosecutions in Southern California, including litigation arising out of one of largest securities fraud prosecutions out of the Southern District, and the largest foreign bribery (Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and Travel Act) prosecution in the Central District of California. She has extensive experience representing clients in parallel administrative proceedings and complex business litigation, including enforcement actions involving the SEC, Federal Election Commission, and Department of Health & Human Services.
Teresa’s recent experience includes the successful defense of a high-level executive in a securities fraud investigation, resulting in a favorable settlement with the SEC and declination of criminal prosecution by federal and state agencies; successful defense of a healthcare professional in a criminal case involving violations of the State’s mandatory reporting requirements, resulting in dismissal of the case; successful defense of a high-level executive in a civil suit filed by employer for embezzlement, fraud, breach of fiduciary duty and related claims, resulting in a favorable settlement; and successful defense of a farm owner in a criminal case involving violations of State Fish & Game laws, resulting in a favorable resolution.
Before joining Mortenson Taggart Adams LLP, Teresa was a partner at KAEDIAN LLP. She previously worked as Special Counsel at Brown, White & Newhouse LLP, and an associate at Bienert & Katzman PLC’s and Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP’s White-Collar Crime and Litigation Departments. She also served as a judicial clerk for the Honorable Arthur Alarcón (no relation) for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals for the 2004-05 term.
Teresa was recognized as a “Southern California Rising Star” in 2007, 2009, and 2010 by Super Lawyers®. She is the co-author of Investigating Corporate Employees in Civil and Criminal Litigation – A Necessary But Difficult Task, Federal Bar Association Newsletter, Spring 2010, and is a certified CLE provider on matters relating to professional ethics and internal investigations. She is fluent in Spanish.