Tess M. Godhardt



Tess Godhardt leads clients through product liability litigations and offers best practices advice to prevent future challenges.

Before joining the firm, Tess served as a law clerk at Levin & Perconti, where she drafted complaints, health professional reports and discovery requests for cases involving pressure ulcers, medical malpractice, slips and falls, and other tort-based actions. Tess also gained further experience with tort-based lawsuits through her time as a law clerk with Chilton Yambert Porter, where she drafted multiple motions and discovery requests that were filed within the surrounding circuit courts.

Personal Interests

As a former member of the North Central College’s Woman’s Basketball team, Tess spends a lot of her free time on the basketball court. She also enjoys running with her two dogs, reading and watching football.


Bar Admissions


Court Admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois


The John Marshall Law School
J.D. magna cum laude, The John Marshall Law Review (editor-in-chief) (2018)

North Central College
B.A. in Political Science (2015)

Insights & Events

Other Perspectives
  • Reconciling the History of the Hangman’s Noose and Its Severity Within Hostile Work Environment Claims
    Author, 51 J. Marshall L. Rev., May, 2018


  • Faegre Drinker — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2020-21 
  • Faegre Baker Daniels — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2019

Awards Methodology

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