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Cherise Teasley

Attorney, IBM Legal Department
2009 | New York, NY
University of Florida | Finance
“The professors at the Law College are first rate and outstanding, in terms of knowledge, teaching style, and availability to students.”
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What are your current work responsibilities?
I provide legal support for IBM's customers in the financial services industry, including some of the largest banks in the world. I draft, redline and negotiate various contracts and agreements, such as master services, intellectual property, software licensing, hardware and hardware maintenance, data privacy, and confidentiality agreements. I also lead our business teams in investigating issues that arise in current contracts and finding a solution. I assist executive members of the law department in transformational projects and tasks as well.

What are the most rewarding aspects of your job?
Frequently I become engaged by the business teams in a multi-million dollar, "must-win" deal that goes down to the wire in terms of time and has complex commercial and legal issues, and therefore there is always a tough negotiation. When the business team ends up winning the deal and getting it signed, knowing I played an important role in helping to get that deal done is very rewarding.

Were there certain experiences at MSU Law that helped you prepare for or obtain your current position?
Of course, Contracts was incredibly helpful and pertinent to my role as a transactional lawyer. Also, the Trial Practice Institute was vital to helping me speak clearly and concisely with the ability to persuade my audience, which is critical to my role as a negotiator.

What would you consider to be the strengths of the Law College?
The professors at the Law College are first rate and outstanding, in terms of knowledge, teaching style, and availability to students. Also, there are so many different types of organizations, programs, associations and clinics that students can get involved in. It is so great to be able to involve yourself in areas you are passionate about or interested in. Lastly, the Trial Practice Institute is a fantastic program for those who are interested in litigation.

Is there any additional insight you would like to share?
I loved my time at MSU College of Law. I learned so much in my classes and through my extracurricular activities, made great friends in the process, and developed the foundation necessary to be successful in the practice of law. If I could go back and change anything, I wouldn't!


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