ALI Council, 2nd Vice President
Teresa Harmon is the managing partner in the Chicago office of Sidley Austin LLP. Her practice is centered on financial transactions and commercial law, including financial transactions involving regulated industries, securities markets and derivatives markets. Her commercial law practice includes all articles of the Uniform Commercial Code, with a special emphasis on Article 9. Ms. Harmon also counsels external and internal clients on professional responsibility and legal ethics issues. Ms. Harmon has taught Secured Transactions at The University of Illinois College of Law and Professional Responsibility at The University of Chicago Law School.
Ms. Harmon graduated Order of the Coif and with Honors from The University of Chicago Law School, where she served as a member of The Law Review and as both President and Treasurer of the Law Students Association. She clerked for The Honorable Phyllis Kravitch of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit in Atlanta.
Ms. Harmon is a fellow and past Regent of the American College of Commercial Finance Lawyers. She is active in the Section of Business Law of the American Bar Association and is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. Ms. Harmon previously served as Chair of the Chicago Bar Association's Commercial Finance and Transactions Committee and the American Bar Association’s Securitization and Derivatives Subcommittee.
Ms. Harmon was elected to the ALI in October 2006 and currently serves as a Member of the Council and Chair of the Membership Committee. She has been involved with several ALI projects including those related to the Uniform Commercial Code, government ethics, election law, and consumer contracts. She is a co-founder of the ALI's MCG on the Uniform Commercial Code and serves as an ALI-appointed member of the Permanent Editorial Board.
EDUCATION: University of Alabama, B.S.; University of Alabama, M.B.A.; The University of Chicago Law School, J.D.