6500 East Mockingbird Lane, Suite 100
Dallas, Texas 75214

Professional Affiliations

State Bar of Texas
General Practice and Solo Section, Council Member, 2016-present
The College of the State Bar of Texas, Member, 2014-present
Patrick E. Higginbotham Inn of Court, Member, 2014-2015
Dallas Bar Association, Member, 2013-2015
Dallas Association of Young Lawyers, Member, 2013-2015


SMU Dedman School of Law Dallas, TX

Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, May 2013

  • Dean’s List Fall 2010, Fall 2011, Fall 2012, Spring 2013
  • Howie Sweeney Mock Trial Competition, Participant, Spring 2012
  • Phi Delta Phi Legal Honor Society, Member, 2011
  • Student Bar Association, Mentor to first-year law students
  • Innocence Project of Texas, Volunteer
  • Dean’s Scholarship Recipient
The University of Texas Austin, TX

Bachelor of Arts in Economics, Minor in Biology, December 2007

  • University Honors, Spring 2006, Spring 2007
  • Longhorn Honeys, Spirit Group Member, 2005-2007; Vice President 2006
  • Women’s Rugby, Team Member 2005

Professional Experience

Law Office of Tessa Hofheinz Heinen Dallas, TX

Attorney at Law, 2013-present

  • General civil law practice, focusing on legal issues that affect individuals, families, and small businesses; practice areas include estate planning and administration, probate and trust litigation, consumer law, employment law, and small business law; licensed to practice in Texas courts.
Law Office of Walter Wm. Hofheinz Dallas, TX

Of Counsel, Attorney, 2013-present

  • Provides legal counsel and associated representation of clients of the firm having legal needs outside of the primary practice areas of the firm; provides support as associated counsel in litigation, estate administration, and other matters

Legal Research Assistant, 2011-2013

  • Legal research for attorney emphasizing probate and trust litigation, including research regarding the relationship between executor and creditors of estate
SMU Dedman Law Civil Clinic Dallas, TX

Student Attorney with Third Year Bar Card, Spring 2013

  • Developed and implemented discovery strategy in DTPA case of purchase of used vehicle, including subpoenaing and deposing third party ex-employee of defendant
  • Conducted intake interview on alleged dissipation of an IRA account, conducted outside legal and fact research, analyzed potential case’s merits, and resolved issue for potential client short of representation
  • Drafted and filed DTPA petition under expedited civil docket for cases with less than $100,000 in issue
  • Drafted, filed, and explained Abstract of Judgment for client holding default judgment
  • Part of five-student attorney team handling 15 cases, including client communications, initiation of representation, case development and disengagement, in personal interviews, letters, and phone calls
DII Industries, LLC Asbestos PI Trust Dallas, TX

Law Clerk, April 2012-March 2013

  • Conducted 50-state survey on cognizable secondary or “take-home” exposure to asbestos claims
  • Researched level of proof of asbestos exposure to survive summary judgment in Washington
  • Worked as part of three-person team to prepare 50-state survey on statute of limitations for products liability, negligence and wrongful death claims
  • Researched and drafted memorandum on United Kingdom’s negligence standards, from substantiating a claim to valuation, noting particular variations between the four countries
  • Investigated factual background and relevant state law for claims referred to alternative dispute resolution, including claim valuation, statutes of limitation, causation, and other applicable defenses
  • Researched and drafted memorandum on maritime jurisdiction, and latent injuries resulting from exposure to toxic substances
  • Researched contract specific contract interpretation rules in various jurisdictions for precise application of operating procedures and settlement agreements
  • Researched formation and regulation of special purpose asbestos trusts under Bankruptcy Code
  • Researched workers compensation in multiple states, including Texas and Virginia
  • Researched and tracked business history of pertinent entities to trace Trust’s current liabilities
SMU Dedman School of Law Dallas, TX

Academic Skills Assistance Program, Tutor, 2011-2012

  • Weekly tutor for Torts I class composed of qualifying 1L candidates

Professor Michaela Cashen, Teaching Assistant, Spring 2012

  • Teaching assistant for bar prep class; responsible for tracking and monitoring administrative issues
Judge Irma Ramirez, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas Dallas, TX

Judicial Extern, Fall 2011

  • Researched and drafted legal opinions and memoranda for review based on active cases, such as resolution of motions to strike and motions for summary judgment
  • Observed court proceedings, including civil jury trials, criminal arraignments, sentencing proceedings, grand juries, mediations, alternative probation programs
Austin Independent School District Austin, TX

Lee Elementary School, Child Care Director, 2010

  • Managed after school program for 120 children
  • Hired and supervised staff of six and served as Administrative Assistant to Principal
  • Primary liaison for parent communication, enrollment qualification and determination, budgeting and financial monitoring, tuition processing, and lead disciplinarian

Child-Care and Substitute Teacher, 2008-2009

  • Taught all grade levels including pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade
Competitive Consulting Austin, TX

Management Training Program, 2008

  • New customer acquisition of wide variety of businesses by means of in-person sales, interviewing, team building, leadership training, development of communication skills and needs analysis

Publications and Speaking

"Practical Trust Drafting," Co-Author, State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting, June 2016

"What Litigation Teaches You About Document Drafting," Co-Author, Texas Bar CLE: Essentials for the General Practitioner, December 2014

"Planning to Conquer the Real World of Private Practice," Invited Speaker, Southern Methodist University, April 2014

Community Affiliations

Junior League of Dallas, Active Member, 2014-present

Texas Exes, Life Member, 2007- present

Young Women’s Alliance, Member, 2009-2010