Theresa Lynn Sidebotham

Theresa Lynn Sidebotham

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Nonprofit Organizations Attorney in Monument, CO

Telios Law PLLC
 | 19925 Monument Hill Road, PO Box 3488
Monument, CO 80132
Phone: 855-748-4201
Fax: 775-248-8147
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2017 - 2019
Selected to Rising Stars: 2013 - 2015
Licensed Since: 2005
Practice Areas:
  • Nonprofit Organizations (40%),
  • Employment & Labor: Employer (20%),
  • Business Litigation (10%),
  • General Litigation (10%),
  • Appellate (10%),
  • Constitutional Law (10%)
Attorney Profile

Before settling in Colorado and going into the practice of law, Theresa Sidebotham lived in seven countries (including America),  and learned--and mostly forgot--seven languages (including English). Her four sons were born on three different continents. She had a satisfying first career helping her sons with special needs, being a military wife, and teaching in Sumatra and other places. 

Theresa attended Wheaton College and the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. After four years clerking with two judges on the Colorado Court of Appeals, she spent two and a half years with (former) Rothgerber Johnson & Lyons LLP.

Early in 2012, she opened her own practice, Telios Law PLLC. "Telios" means "complete," "whole," or "mature," and she selected that as the name of the law firm because excellent legal work is important, but wasted unless it makes your business, personal life or ministry more whole.  The law firm focuses on religious law issues, general litigation, and appellate work. Ms. Jessica Ross joined the firm in 2014 after clerking for the Colorado Court of Appeals and Colorado Supreme Court. She primarily manages complex litigation and complex briefing. 

White Papers

  • The Blood of the Martyrs and Legal Liability (2016) - This paper addresses the precarious legal conditions that mission organizations in today’s legal landscape face and presents various solutions to those challenges. 

  • Appellate Law Practice Guide (2016) - This practice guide is an overview of appellate practice in Colorado state courts. It provides general information about the operation of the Colorado Court of Appeals and the Colorado Supreme court; a basic overview of appellate practice in Colorado; and practice guidance at the trial stage to help ensure a successful appeal.

  • Protecting Children and Organizations from Child Sexual Abuse (2014) - This detailed overview of problems that organizations may face with child sexual abuse will help you with prevention and response.

  • About Theresa Sidebotham

    Admitted: 2005, Colorado

    Professional Webpage: http://telioslaw.com/attorneys-advocates/theresa-sidebotham

    Honors/Awards:

    • Received rating from Martindale-Hubbell's peer evaluation, AV Preeminent, Martindale-Hubbell, 2017
    • Voted within the Top Attorneys of 2016 in Church Law by the Colorado Style Magazine, 2016
    • Voted within the Top Attorneys of 2016 in Appellate Law by the Colorado Style Magazine, 2016
    • Voted within the Top Attorneys of 2015 in Church Law by the Colorado Style Magazine, 2015
    • Honored by the Colorado Supreme Court for pro bono service, Pro Bono Achievement Award, Colorado Supreme Court, 2012
    • Selected as one of 12 up-and-coming lawyers in Colorado (in practice 6 years or less), Up and Coming Lawyer, Colorado Law Week, 2010
    • Award for highest rank (#1) in the law school class, Faculty Prize, University of Denver Sturm College of Law, 2005
    • Full tuition scholarship for law school, Raymond Ott Scholarship and full tuition merit scholarship, University of Denver Sturm College of Law, 2003
    • Graduated # 5 1/2 in the class, Summa Cum Laude, Wheaton College

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Elected President of Colorado Springs chapter of the Christian Legal Society, 2017
    • Member of Christian Legal Society since 2003, Board member 2012-2014.  Organized regional conferences, 2006-07, 2008-09, 2014

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Took children's civil rights case to the Tenth Circuit, alleging violation of Fourth and Fourteenth Amendment when government workers strip searched and photographed our client, 2018
    • Accepted plaintiff in civil rights case through the Pro Bono Panel of the federal district court of Colorado and achieved a satisfactory solution for plaintiff., 2017
    • Serves as pro bono General Counsel for the Child Safety Protection Network, 2016
    • Chair, Wheaton College Alumni Club Committee, Colorado Springs from 2006 to present, 2015
    • Christian Leadership Alliance Board, President, 2015
    •  Board member of Homeward Pikes Peak 2013-2015; assisted with pro bono legal work, 2015
    • Due process special education hearing, 2013
    • In 2009, wrote the section on "Serving Children with Disabilities" in the Juvenile Law Benchbook for the State of Colorado, found at www.cobenchbook.com (The primary author of the Benchbook is the Honorable David Furman.) In 2011, revised this section, 2011

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Discussing the intersection between child abuse, sexual harassment and bullying, along with appropriate responses, Presenter, Defining Abuse in Difficult Cases, Child Safety Protection Network, 2018
    • How to create an organizational culture that is safeguarded from problems with sexual harassment by adequate prevention and response, Panelist, Creating a Safe Culture, Christian Legal Society; Evangelical Christian Financial Accountability, 2018
    • Webinar on legal issues related to international crisis management, Presenter, Crisis Management in Global Missions, Missio Nexus, 2018
    • Co-presentation on how to help organizations with member care during the abuse investigation process, Co-Presenter, Caregiving for Those Involved in Abuse Investigations, Missio Nexus, 2017
    • Helping audience understand what bullying is, possible legal issues, and how to handle situations involving bullying, Presenter, Bullying 101: Defining, Responding, Preventing, Child Safety Protection Network, 2017
    • Presenter of legal theory before hands-on seminar on doing investigations, Presenter, What Your Mission Needs to Know About Internal Employment Investigations, Missio Nexus, 2017
    • Update on current employment law issues, Presenter, Yes, They Changed the Rules Again: Updates on Employment Law, Missio Nexus, 2017
    • Spoke on international crisis management, Presenter, Legal Issues with Crisis Management, Risk Management Network, 2017
    • Engaged in public debate on constitutional law, Panelist in Debate, Religious Liberty in the Public Square, 2017
    • Presented updates on employment law for religious organizations at five organizational conferences/seminars, Presenter, Inspired HR: The Intersection of Law, Spirituality, and Common Sense, 2016
    • Spoke as Panel member at the Christian Legal Society National Conference, Panel Member, Women in the Law, 2016
    • "On Appeal? Process, Pointers, and Pitfalls for the Non-Appellate Attorney," Continuing Legal Education Seminar (with Jessica Ross), February and March, 2016
    • "Avoiding the Quicksand: Sticky but Common Problems in Child Safety Investigations", Child Safety Protection Network, 2016
    • "Religious Liberty or Discrimination? Two Views," as part of the "Experts in Controversies" series of the Academy Town Hall in Denver, March, 2016
    • "The Importance of Preservation to Winning a Civil Appeal" (with Jessica Ross), El Paso County Bar Journal, 2015
    • Co-presented with CFO of major organization on principles for executives in handling child safety issues, Co-Presenter, Safety of Children in Missions--The Executive View, Missio Nexus conference, Religious Organizations, 2015
    • Practical steps that an organization should take in order to handle properly an allegation against an organizational leader, Author, Handling an Allegation of Leadership Misconduct, The Christian Lawyer, 2015
    • Scholarly article analyzing legal protections for religious expression for both employers and employees, and suggesting how to balance them, Co-author with Ms. Jessica Ross, Peace at Work: Balancing Religious Exercise Rights of Employers and Employees, The Colorado Lawyer, 2015
    • Article summarizing issues with GINA and possible approaches, Author, The Story of GINA, or Who Knew Genetic Information Could Cause So Much Trouble, ACSI Legal Legislative Update, Education, 2014
    • Published in Evangelical Missiological Society annual publication, Author, Getting it Right, Healing the Wrong: Legal Issues in Protecting Children and Organizations from Child Sexual Abuse, 2014
    • An article on the interaction of the Free Exercise Clause and the Establishment Clause in determining religious expression in public schools, author, Expression of Religion in Public Schools, Colorado Lawyer, 2011
    • Two articles summarizing special education law, both in general and as applied to children in foster care and the juvenile justice system, Author, An Overview of Special Education Law, Parts I and II, The Colorado Lawyer, 2009
    • An article on how to write a successful state court appellate brief, Co-author, Elements of a Successful Appellate Brief, The Colorado Lawyer, 2008
    • A summary of some of the cross-cultural challenges facing Third Culture Kids, Author, The Problem of MK Vulnerability, Psychology for Living, 1999

    Verdicts/Settlements:

    • As plaintiff's counsel, settled a disability discrimination case in the federal district court of Colorado a month before trial with a favorable result to the plaintiff, 2016
    • Defended free speech case against the Department of Justice in the federal district court of Kansas and obtained a favorable jury verdict for my client, 2016
    • Filed Motion to Show Authority in corporate lawsuit in Texas, alleging that opposing counsel did not have authority to represent the company. Plaintiff voluntarily dismissed lawsuit, 2015
    • Filed motion to dismiss in church property dispute case in Texas, arguing that my client as the national organization was not properly in the lawsuit. Plaintiff voluntarily dismissed us from the lawsuit, 2015
    • Prevailed on core issues regarding promissory notes and deeds of trust on appeal to Colorado Court of Appeals (limited remand on factual issue), 2014
    • Prevailed on appeal to Colorado Court of Appeals in business real estate matter, 2014
    • Represented corporate tenant in lease dispute over construction fees and negotiated favorable settlement, 2014
    • Represented individual in financial dispute against national medical organization, successfully resolving dispute and receiving attorney fees, 2014
    • Achieved favorable settlement in federal lawsuit for statutory attorney fees, recouping all fees paid to date by client and satisfactory fees for firm, 2014
    • Arranged for mediation and negotiated peaceful resolution on behalf of religious organization in serious employment dispute, 2013
    • Negotiated favorable settlement in employment dispute on behalf of mission organization, avoiding litigation and bringing significant healing to the situation, 2013
    • Prevailed in special education due process hearing (4-day administrative hearing) on two out of three issues, representing parents and child against school district, 2013
    • Negotiated settlement with charter school on behalf of child with autism, resolving disability issues under Section 504, 2012
    • Negotiated favorable settlement on behalf of respondent parents in juvenile dependency and neglect case that involved significant constitutional issues with accompanying briefing, 2012
    • Won summary judgment for homeowners' association by interpreting statutory provisions governing disclosure of personal information, 2011
    • Lead associate on defense of personal injury case against large company, which eventually settled, 2011
    • Defended personal injury slip and fall case through discovery, deposition, and mediation, at which point it settled, 2011
    • Defended personal injury auto accident case.  Part was resolved on a motion to dismiss, and the rest on summary judgement, both granted in our client's favor, 2011
    • Negotiated confidential settlement in special education due process dispute, obtaining retroactive services for high school student, 2011
    • J.C. v. Dungarvin Colorado, LLC, 252 P.3d 41 Primary counsel in case of first impression applying statutory civil liability immunity provisions for developmental disability providers, winning a decision for our client, 2010

    Transactions:

    • Carried out major workplace investigation into workplace allegations at a large nonprofit organization, producing detailed reports for client that included factual findings and recommendations, 2018
    • Coordinated or advised on major historic and current child abuse investigations on several continents and for a number of organizations, 2017
    • Carried out major workplace investigation for mid-size nonprofit into allegations of sexual harassment, creating lengthy reports including factual findings and recommendations, 2017
    • Carried out internal investigation on sexual harassment claim for large international organization, which was later settled at the EEOC level in the organization's favor, 2015
    • Assisted international headquarters (in Asia) of large organization on corporate liability analysis and corporate restructuring project, 2015
    • Assisted large international mission organizations and other religious organizations with child abuse or other misconduct investigations as outside defense counsel, or at times as investigator, 2014
    • Assisted and advised nonprofit and educational organizations in handling sexual misconduct and employment investigations, 2012
    • Assisted church to resolve employment dispute, 2012
    • Assisted large church with a series of contractual issues, including legal advice and drafting contracts, 2012
    • Assisted numerous religious organization clients with child safety protection policies, 2011
    • Drafted extensive client legal review for major religious organization and assisted in managing related legal team for a six-month period, 2011
    • Assisted client to negotiate a very favorable result on a loan with the Small Business Administration, 2011

    Representative Clients:

    • Defend religious organization against employment discrimination claims, 2015
    • Litigate childrens' and families' Fourth Amendment and Fourteenth Amendment rights in Section 1983 cases, 2015
    • Litigate contentious employment disability discrimination case against large corporation, 2015
    • Litigate corporate governance/shareholder dispute for start-up corporation, 2015
    • Litigate property dispute for mission organization client, 2015
    • Advise large international mission organizations and other religious organizations on policies, employment issues, and religious liberties, 2015
    • Brief appellate cases on business and constitutional issues, 2014
    • Advise numerous mission organizations and churches, on implementing child protection policies and investigating sexual misconduct issues, 2012
    • Assist parents and children in disputes with public schools, particularly around special education and other disability issues, 2012

    Videos:

    • Series of clips on how a defense lawsuit works and good organizational responses, Anatomy of a Lawsuit, Litigation, Religious Organizations, 2012
    • Subscribe to monthly "Telios Tip" email content updates, Telios Tip

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    Educational Background:

    • University of Denver Sturm College of Law, 2005
    • Wheaton College

    Industry Groups

    • First Amendment
    • Non-Profit
    Office Location for Theresa Lynn Sidebotham

    19925 Monument Hill Road
    PO Box 3488
    Monument, CO 80132

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    Last Updated: 11/28/2018

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