Integral to her litigation work, Tera prepares witnesses and examines them at trial, takes and defends depositions, and manages discovery. She was a key trial team member who examined the lead witness in a three-month jury trial that led her client to obtain the second largest US jury verdict of 2011. The same client also relied on Tera’s examination of witnesses and expert witnesses in an International Chamber of Commerce arbitration that netted a $91 million verdict.
Tera has also accrued noteworthy favorable outcomes in her pro bono practice, including a successful 2011 habeas petition to the California Supreme Court on behalf of a death row inmate. Citing the US Supreme Court case Atkins v. Virginia, Tera argued that he was “intellectually disabled” and therefore constitutionally ineligible for the death penalty.
Tera’s civil litigation track record has landed her among The Recorder’s 50 “Fast Track” lawyers whose “early accomplishments indicate they will be tomorrow’s top lawyers and leaders.” California Super Lawyers named Tera a “Rising Star” in 2013 and 2014.Prior to joining Morgan Lewis, Tera clerked for Judge Jan DuBois of the US District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and served as a student attorney in the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau.