Teresa Fariss McClain

We relentlessly pursue justice for our clients. Our track record proves it.

612.349.8500 • Minneapolis, MN

Teresa Fariss McClain brings a highly effective blend of legal and medical experience to her clients.  Prior to pursuing a law degree, she practiced as a registered nurse in the areas of obstetrics and adult critical care. She served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable Donald P. Lay of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit following graduation, cum laude, from William Mitchell College of Law.

“My experience caring for patients and families as a registered nurse during and around the time of childbirth, and in surgical intensive care, inspired me to attain a law degree to advocate for safe health care and improved patient outcomes.  I now devote my practice to seeking justice for individuals and families who have been harmed by serious medical errors and medical negligence.”  Teresa McClain

Teresa is the current president of the Minnesota Women Lawyers Foundation, an organization formed to support the charitable actions of Minnesota Women Lawyers. Her professional accomplishments have also earned recognition from a number of industry organizations. In 2014, Teresa was named an “Attorney of the Year” by Minnesota Lawyer.  She has also been selected to Super Lawyers in the area of Plaintiff’s Medical Malpractice, and named to Top Women Attorneys since 2013, and was previously named a Rising Star.  In addition to her trial practice, Teresa is a qualified civil neutral under Rule 114 of the Minnesota General Rules of Practice.  She is admitted to practice in state and federal court in Minnesota, the U.S. Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit,  and federal courts in Wisconsin and North Dakota.

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin


  • Named a “North Star Lawyer” by the Minnesota State Bar Association for providing at least 50 hours of pro bono legal services (2016)
  • Named a “Minnesota Super Lawyer,” Super Lawyers (2014-2015)
  • Named a “2014 Attorney of the Year” Minnesota Lawyer


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Teresa Fariss McClain Case Results
  • Description of Incident Medication error.
    Description of Damages Resulted in legal blindness.
    Description of Awards $1.75 million settlement.
  • Description of Incident Patient went to emergency room with chest pain. Was diagnosed with pneumonia and discharged home.
    Description of Damages Resulted in cardiac arrest and death.
    Description of Awards $1.2 million verdict.
  • Description of Incident Failure to diagnose abnormal antepartum fetal testing and intervene to monitor and deliver baby in a timely manner.
    Description of Damages Resulted in hypoxic injury to unborn baby.
    Description of Awards $1.2 million settlement.
  • Description of Incident A power morcellator (electric surgical device) used to perform laparoscopic hysterectomy spread undiagnosed endometrial cancer.
    Description of Damages Resulted in death.
    Description of Awards $1.1 million settlement.
  • Description of Incident Woman suffered infection when hospital infused contaminated irrigation fluid into our client’s eye during surgery.
    Description of Damages Infection destroyed the retina, resulting in the loss of the eye.
    Description of Awards $3.1 million verdict