CMLAA Alumni of the Year Recipient: Teresa Metcalf Beasley, ‘92

Posted 2018-10-02 5:44pm

TERESA METCALF BEASLEY’S practice focuses on public finance, real estate development and financing, and economic development incentives. Teresa has represented private entities and local and county government relations, including municipalities, school boards, port authorities, healthcare entities and library systems on various legal and legislative matters. As the former Law Director for the City of Cleveland and the current Law Director for the City of Warrensville Heights, Teresa has a firm understanding of governmental bodies and their need for advocacy at the federal, state and local levels.

Teresa counsels with respect to all real estate acquisitions, divestures, leasing, financing and development. She has represented individuals, corporations, non-profits and governmental bodies with all aspects of real estate development including land assembly, planning, zoning, environmental and financing. Teresa’s diverse real estate experience allows her to advise on all types of real estate transactions.

Teresa is experienced in bond transactions and has served as bond, underwriter’s, borrower’s as well as placement agent counsel. She also has experience with joint economic development zones and joint economic development districts, project labor agreements and diversity plans. She has represented private entities and local and county governmental agencies, including municipalities, port authorities, healthcare entities and library systems on business, financing real estate matters, construction and government relations.

She also works with clients in developing and maintaining strong relationships with local and state officials, as well as community stakeholders, to advance clients legal and legislative matters, particularly for non-profit, real estate development and gaming industry clients.

She also represents small business owners on various legal matters including but not limited to contracts, employment matters, intellectual property matters, litigation and construction matters.

In 2012, Teresa’s work was included in a MIT case study on University Hospitals’ Vision 2010 Program, which included a groundbreaking Project Labor Agreement regarding minority participation in University Hospitals’ major construction project, which included the construction of two new hospitals, a $1 billion project. The Project Labor Agreement has become a model for many other such projects in and outside of Ohio. The Cleveland Foundation later commissioned the MIT School of Architecture & Planning to conduct the case study. The presentation is titled “Leveraging the Power of Anchor Institutions to Build Community Wealth: A Community Forum.”

Teresa is currently serving her second four-year term as the Law Director for the City of Warrensville Heights. She previously served as the Director of Law for the City of Cleveland under Mayor Jane Campbell’s administration from 2003 to 2004. Teresa served as a member of Cleveland Mayor Frank G. Jackson’s three-person Special Commission on Missing Persons and Sex Crime Investigations, which developed 26 recommendations that were accepted by Mayor Jackson in 2011.

Teresa joined Calfee in 2011 and was named a partner in 2014. Teresa serves as Chair of the firm’s Diversity & Inclusion Committee. Teresa is currently a Member at McDonalds Hopkins LLC.


  • Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, J.D., Dean’s List, 1992 - Law Review editor
  • University of Alabama, B.A., Communications, 1987


  • State of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court (Northern District of Ohio)
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