Hugging It Out with Teresa Wynn Roseborough

The self-described Brown v. Board of Education baby embraces The Home Depot

Home_Depot2.jpg"One of my primary role models as a student-and now-is Thurgood Marshall," she says, as shorthand for her sociopolitical ideals. She calls herself "basically a nerd lawyer, interested in the nuts and bolts of the Constitution."

During her 25-plus years in the field, Roseborough has balanced public service with success in the private sector, as a partner at the firm of Sutherland Asbill & Brennan, and then in several roles at MetLife Inc., including deputy general counsel and senior chief counsel for litigation and compliance, where she first startled Yannett and other executives with her demonstrative greetings. Adds her former MetLife colleague, Sheila Murphy, "Teresa loves to dig in obsessively and get down and dirty with the details, regardless of how large or small the case is. She doesn't think she is above any task."

In October 2011, Roseborough joined The Home Depot as executive vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary. She is responsible for all legal functions of the world's largest home improvement retailer, which also ranks as Georgia's biggest company by revenue as well as one of the Southeast's most effective engines of philanthropy.

"What really attracted me to Home Depot is that it's a values-driven company," she says from her modestly decorated office with a view of the leafy outskirts of Atlanta.

"The culture here is thoroughly committed to doing the right thing, at every level."

Written by Candice Dyer
Photo by Stan Kaady 

Excerpt taken for 2014 Super Lawyers Businees Edition. Read the fulle article here