Tess Williams is a corporate and real estate investment finance lawyer. She helps private companies and private equity funds manage risk and make strategic investments in commercial and multifamily real estate.

Real Estate Financing

Tess has particular experience representing developers, real estate investment trusts (REITs) and private equity investors as they finance the acquisition, construction and operation of office buildings, multifamily residences, industrial buildings and other properties. In addition, Tess advises clients in structuring and financing historic tax credit transactions with both state and federal tax credits.

Corporate & M&A

Tess counsels private companies in corporate governance matters and mergers and acquisitions, and she negotiates credit facilities on behalf of corporate borrowers.


Bar Admissions



Indiana University Maurer School of Law
J.D. Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies (executive production editor) (2011)

Indiana University
B.S. with highest distinction, Phi Beta Kappa (2006)

Leadership & Community

Pro Bono

  • Representation of individuals seeking asylum in the United States
  • National Immigrant Justice Center — Assistance with DACA applications

Professional Associations

  • Allen County Bar Association 

Civic Activities

  • Cultural Advancement Projects, LLC — Board Member, 2016-present
  • STARBASE Indiana, Inc. — Corporate Secretary, 2012-13


  • Faegre Drinker — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2020 
  • Faegre Baker Daniels — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2012, 2015, 2019
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