Tessa Zavala is a Belgian-born, Swedish-raised attorney and government relations consultant. Before moving to Texas, she practiced law in the San Francisco Bay Area.
After arriving in Texas, Tessa served for twelve years as general counsel to some of the highest positions in the House of Representatives. She served as counsel to the Speaker Pro Tempore of the Texas House of Representatives for two years, and for six years as committee counsel to the powerful House Calendars Committee. Tessa was privy to high level meetings and discussions that few inside the Capitol ever see.Tessa's service to the Legislature provided her an opportunity to build strong, trusted relationships with legislators, agency officials and staff. Transferring the skills she honed in the Legislature, Tessa began a legal consulting practice as a legislative lawyer offering procedural and strategic advice as well as lobbying services. Tessa is recognized for her straightforward policy advice, creative strategic solutions and thorough institutional knowledge of the legislative process and procedure.
Tessa earned her B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin and her J.D. from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville. She is licensed to practice law in California and Texas. In 2014 she founded the attorney-curated, government, legal and regulatory subscription information service, Information Intelligence. Tessa speaks Swedish fluently and is conversant in Norwegian and Spanish.