COLUMBUS, GEORGIA – January 3, 2011 – Congratulations to Teresa Pike Tomlinson, a former partner with Pope McGlamry, on her election as mayor of Columbus, Georgia. Teresa took the oath of office on January 3, 2011 and provides a new vision for Columbus.
Pope McGlamry’s relationship with Teresa began in May of 1990 when she began clerking with the firm following her second year at Emory University School of Law. She joined the firm as an associate upon graduation in 1991 and became a partner with Pope McGlamry in 1998. In addition to enjoying a stellar career as a litigator, Teresa’s legal career is distinguished by her participation in several associations, including the State Bar of Georgia (1991 – present); Joseph Henry Lumpkin American Inn of Court (Barrister, 1995-1997); Georgia Association for Women Lawyers (GAWL), Columbus Chapter (President, 2004; Vice President, 2003; Member of GAWL Board of Directors, 2004); Columbus Association of Women Lawyers (Founding Member, President 1997-1998); United States District Court Attorney Discipline Grievance Committee (appointed 2003-2006, reappointed 2005); and Justice Served, Inc. (Board of Directors 2007 – present), a Georgia non-profit organization established to create education programs regarding Georgia’s judicial system. Teresa was also identified as one of Georgia’s Rising Stars by Super Lawyers in 2005.
In December 2005, Teresa’s desire to more directly impact her community led to her accepting the appointment as interim director of Midtown, Inc., a newly created nonprofit organization, which succeeded the grassroots, community based revitalization and vision effort known as The MidTown Project. She became the first Executive Director of MidTown, Inc. on June 1, 2007.
Following repeated pleas from friends, neighbors, and community leaders to pursue political office, Teresa resigned from Midtown, Inc. in March, 2010 to run for mayor. Teresa’s campaign was characterized by her renowned work ethic and positive message and vision for the City of Columbus. In light of her election, Teresa no longer will be “of counsel” with the firm. While Teresa’s legal ability and leadership have been missed at Pope McGlamry, the firm is excited about the opportunities lying before the mayor and the City of Columbus.