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SMART. STRATEGIC. SOLUTIONS.














Tessa provides public, legal and government affairs consulting service that is attentive, responsive and one-on-one. Her clients gain smart, strategic solutions personally tailored with knowledge, skill and cultivated relationships.

She has successfully advised clients through turbulent crises. She has shepherded legislative, procedural, regulatory and legal strategies to attain her client’s goals.

Tessa crafts positive solutions, individually tailored to meet her clients’ goals. Her clients include Fortune 500 companies, trade associations, non-profit organizations, campaigns and elected officials.
Tessa provides public, legal and government affairs consulting service that is attentive, responsive and one-on-one. Her clients gain smart, strategic solutions personally tailored with knowledge, skill and cultivated relationships.

She has successfully advised clients through turbulent crises. She has shepherded legislative, procedural, regulatory and legal strategies to attain her client’s goals.

Tessa crafts positive solutions, individually tailored to meet her clients’ goals. Her clients include Fortune 500 companies, trade associations, non-profit organizations, campaigns and elected officials.
 


























SERVICES


Policy Development
Procedural Strategy
Communications
Legal Consulting

Strategic Counseling
Crisis Management
Policy Analysis
Negotiations

Policy Development
Procedural Strategy
Communications
Legal Consulting
Strategic Counseling
Crisis Management
Policy Analysis
Negotiations





















































EXPERTISE


Legislative Procedure
Eminent Domain & Land Use
Taxation and Finance
Transportation
Jurisprudence
Health Care
Education

Environmental Regulation
Local Government
Alcoholic Beverage Regulation
Sports and Entertainment
Pensions
Gaming
Ethics

Legislative Procedure
Eminent Domain & Land Use
Taxation and Finance
Transportation
Jurisprudence
Health Care
Education
Environmental Regulation
Local Government
Alcoholic Beverage Regulation
Sports and Entertainment
Pensions
Gaming
Ethics



























Clients are Tessa’s top priority. Clients receive one-on-one communication to ensure that their tailored updates keep them informed of legal, legislative and regulatory developments. Tessa closely monitors local, state and federal governments to provide clear, concise and timely information.
Clients are Tessa’s top priority. Clients receive one-on-one communication to ensure that their tailored updates keep them informed of legal, legislative and regulatory developments. Tessa closely monitors local, state and federal governments to provide clear, concise and timely information.













TESSA. TALKS. TOPICS.




SPEECHES & DISCOURSE


2013. "Believe in Yourself. Be Positive. Be Helpful.
"Keynote Address to Baptist Women's Conference
Georgetown, Texas

2013. Alternative Careers for Lawyers
University of Arkansas School of Law
Fayetteville, Arkansas.

2013. Eminent Domain 83rd Session Wrap-Up
Continuing Legal Education
Association of Women in Energy
Austin, Texas.

2009. "Perry Vetoes Eminent Domain Reform"
Texas Farm Bureau Advocacy Day
Austin, Texas.

2006. "What is adequate compensation?"
Eminent Domain Joint Interim Committee Report
Texas Legislature.

2005. "Stem Cell Research Policy and the Texas Legislature"
Stem Cell Policy and Advocacy Summit: Sustaining the Mandate for Cures
Genetics Policy Institute
Houston, Texas.

2002. Guest Lecturer, "Business, Ethics and the Law"
Introduction to Business Law
Cameron University
Lawton, Oklahoma.


Smartest attorney working in Texas politics.
Business Strategies Client
No one better to work with in Austin.
Texas State Representative
If you want real solutions, and to feel comfortable that every angle is covered; hire Tessa.
Rules of Procedure Client
Tessa's legislative expertise saved my Commission time and valuable resources. She knows how to tackle the hard issues and bring them to manageable terms. I can always count on her calming voice.
Tribal Gaming Commissioner
Her services were invaluable to my firm.
Rules of Procedure Client

SPEECHES & DISCOURSE


2013. "Believe in Yourself. Be Positive. Be Helpful.
"Keynote Address to Baptist Women's Conference
Georgetown, Texas

2013. Alternative Careers for Lawyers
University of Arkansas School of Law
Fayetteville, Arkansas.

2013. Eminent Domain 83rd Session Wrap-Up
Continuing Legal Education
Association of Women in Energy
Austin, Texas.

2009. "Perry Vetoes Eminent Domain Reform"
Texas Farm Bureau Advocacy Day
Austin, Texas.

2006. "What is adequate compensation?"
Eminent Domain Joint Interim Committee Report
Texas Legislature.

2005. "Stem Cell Research Policy and the Texas Legislature"
Stem Cell Policy and Advocacy Summit: Sustaining the Mandate for Cures
Genetics Policy Institute
Houston, Texas.

2002. Guest Lecturer, "Business, Ethics and the Law"
Introduction to Business Law
Cameron University
Lawton, Oklahoma.


Smartest attorney working in Texas politics.
Business Strategies Client
No one better to work with in Austin.
Texas State Representative
If you want real solutions, and to feel comfortable that every angle is covered; hire Tessa.
Rules of Procedure Client
Tessa's legislative expertise saved my Commission time and valuable resources. She knows how to tackle the hard issues and bring them to manageable terms. I can always count on her calming voice.
Tribal Gaming Commissioner
Her services were invaluable to my firm.
Rules of Procedure Client
 













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TESSA ZAVALA is a Belgian-born, Swedish-raised attorney and government relations consultant.

Before moving to Texas, she practiced law in the San Francisco Bay Area. After arriving in Texas, Tessa served for twelve years as general counsel to some of the highest positions in the House of Representatives. She served as counsel to the Speaker Pro Tempore of the Texas House of Representatives for two years, and for six years as committee counsel to the powerful House Calendars Committee. Tessa was privy to high level meetings and discussions that few inside the Capitol ever see.

Tessa’s service to the Legislature provided her an opportunity to build strong, trusted relationships with legislators, agency officials and staff. Transferring the skills she honed in the Legislature, Tessa began a legal consulting practice as a legislative lawyer offering procedural and strategic advice as well as lobbying services.

Tessa is recognized for her straightforward policy advice, creative strategic solutions and thorough institutional knowledge of the legislative process and procedure. 

Tessa earned her B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin and her J.D. from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. She is licensed to practice law in California and Texas. Tessa speaks Swedish fluently and is conversant in Norwegian and Spanish.
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TESSA ZAVALA is a Belgian-born, Swedish-raised attorney and government relations consultant.

Before moving to Texas, she practiced law in the San Francisco Bay Area. After arriving in Texas, Tessa served for twelve years as general counsel to some of the highest positions in the House of Representatives. She served as counsel to the Speaker Pro Tempore of the Texas House of Representatives for two years, and for six years as committee counsel to the powerful House Calendars Committee. Tessa was privy to high level meetings and discussions that few inside the Capitol ever see.

Tessa’s service to the Legislature provided her an opportunity to build strong, trusted relationships with legislators, agency officials and staff. Transferring the skills she honed in the Legislature, Tessa began a legal consulting practice as a legislative lawyer offering procedural and strategic advice as well as lobbying services.

Tessa is recognized for her straightforward policy advice, creative strategic solutions and thorough institutional knowledge of the legislative process and procedure. 

Tessa earned her B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin and her J.D. from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. She is licensed to practice law in California and Texas. Tessa speaks Swedish fluently and is conversant in Norwegian and Spanish.