Women’s History Month: Elizabeth TedfordPDF
In celebration of Women’s History Month, Robinson Bradshaw is highlighting women from the firm throughout March. Meet corporate attorney Elizabeth Tedford.
Describe what you do at Robinson Bradshaw.
I am a corporate attorney, focusing primarily on mergers, acquisitions and divestitures. I work with many different types of clients, from founder-owned businesses working toward their first exit, to large publicly traded companies with sophisticated in-house legal teams – and everything in between. I’m also a member of the firm’s recruiting committee, where I interview first- and second-year law students for summer positions, and organize and attend events during the summer program and throughout the year.
What do you most enjoy about your job?
I love the variety and variability of each day and each deal. It all boils down to buying and selling companies, but I really appreciate the opportunity to learn more about my clients, their motivations and goals, and their businesses. The more I get to know them, the better job I can do in highlighting concerns and representing their interests in a transaction.
What advice would you give a younger version of yourself?
Don’t be beholden to a plan; be flexible to accept and appreciate new opportunities for growth or change, even if they weren’t what you initially had in mind.
Who is a female role model you admire, and why?
Keira D’Amato, a real estate agent, mom and runner in Richmond, Virginia. After missing the U.S. 10,000-meter Olympic trials due to an injury and narrowly missing the U.S. women’s marathon team for the 2022 World Championships, she set a new American women’s record at the Houston Marathon in January 2022. I am continually inspired by Keira’s ability to both push herself physically to surpass her goals and set the bar higher (even at age 37!), and to balance her training and personal success with a “normal” life as a busy, working parent.
Tell us something about yourself that we wouldn't learn from your website bio.
I adopted my cat, Kitty, from our internal firm “bulletin board” way back in March 2017. She now regularly participates in Zoom meetings when I’m working from home (so is practically part of the firm), and is just one more reason I’m grateful to be at Robinson Bradshaw!