Tessa J.G. Roberts is an associate in the firm's Litigation Department.
In her practice, Ms. Roberts represents corporations and individuals in connection with government and internal investigations in a variety of subject-matter areas and counsels corporate clients on compliance issues. Her work has included participating in the monitorship of a global financial institution following a settlement with regulators related to violations of US tax and securities laws; conducting internal investigations related to corruption and False Claims Act risks; representing a mortgage lender in connection with a DOJ fraud investigation; and investigating personnel-related concerns at an international organization and providing recommendations for compliance program enhancements.
Ms. Roberts also maintains a robust pro bono practice, with a variety of both civil and criminal matters. In addition to representing individual criminal defendants in federal court, she has also represented clients in asylum proceedings in immigration court, and has conducted internal investigations on behalf of public and non-profit entities.
Ms. Roberts received her JD from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where she was an associate editor of the Journal of Constitutional Law. She also participated in the Transnational Clinic, where she represented clients in asylum proceedings in immigration court. As an intern for the Defender Association of Philadelphia, Ms. Roberts represented indigent defendants in misdemeanor trials. She also interned for Hon. Judge John Kronstadt, district court judge in the Central District of California during her first year of law school.
Ms. Roberts graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2012 with a degree in Philosophy. Before attending law school, she worked as a legal assistant at a boutique entertainment firm.