Teresa Roseborough new General Counsel at Home Depot

I’m pleased to note that my friend Teresa Roseborough is returning from New York to Atlanta next month to become General Counsel of Home Depot, Inc.

Teresa was on the short list for appointment to the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals in the Clinton administration, and was frequently mentioned as a prospect for the U. S. Supreme Court and Solicitor General of the United States at the beginning of the Obama administration. In 2006, she left Atlanta’s Sutherland law firm, where she was a partner, to  become chief litigation counsel MetLife in New York City.  Before Sutherland, she was deputy assistant attorney general for the U.S. Department of Justice and clerked for U.S. Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens. While we may not always agree on politics, I don’t know a smarter lawyer or a nicer person.

According to an article in the Fulton County Daily Report, her predecessor as general counsel of Home Depot, Jack VanWoerkom,  57, recently retired after four years and sold $6.7 million of the company’s stock this year. I hope the company is at least that generous to Teresa!

Teresa and her husband Joseph have been my friends for a long time, and have managed a tri-coastal family life the past few years (she in NYC, he in Atlanta, and their daughter at UCLA) as well as anyone could. I look forward to seeing them together in Atlanta more often. Best wishes to them all!


Ken Shigley is president of the State Bar of Georgia, a Certified Civil Trial Advocate of the National Board of Trial Advocacy, and author of Georgia Law of Torts: Trial Preparation & Practice (West 2010).