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Theresa Nickels

Chief Legal Officer
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Theresa Nickels, the firm’s chief legal officer (CLO), joined Baker Tilly in 2016 and is the senior most member of our legal team. As CLO, Theresa supervises our work with outside counsel, oversees firm compliance, conducts subpoena and discovery activities and engagement contract approvals.


  • 12 years with Foley & Lardner LLP in the litigation department
  • Experience litigating complex commercial disputes, distribution and franchise cases, insurance coverage actions on behalf of insurance providers, and property tax cases involving numerous valuation issues
  • Has successfully first chaired dozens of trials, hearings, and arbitrations


  • Friends of MSCR Board of Directors
  • Former member of the Executive Leadership Team, Go Red For Women Campaign for the American Heart Association
  • Leadership Greater Madison

Honors & Awards

  • In 2012, In Business magazine named Theresa as one of the “40 Under 40” upcoming business leaders in the Greater Madison Area


University of Wisconsin Law School,
Juris Doctor, magna cum laude

Saint Norbert College
Bachelor of Arts in English, summa cum laude