Teresa A. Bingman, resides in Okemos, Michigan. She is licensed to practice law in Oklahoma (since 1988) and in Michigan (since 1997), having earned a Juris Doctorate Degree from the University of Oklahoma in 1988 and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration from Oklahoma State University in 1985.
A seasoned attorney and consultant, with 30 years of legal, policy, consulting, and regulatory experience, Teresa is the Founder and Managing Attorney for Law Offices of Teresa A. Bingman, PLLC, which is located in Lansing. In January 2017, Law Offices of Teresa A. Bingman partnered with the Flint Water Class Action Legal Team, to service Flint clients’ legal needs through class action litigation, having filed claims involving environmental and toxic tort law, constitutional and civil rights, and other legal claims to address the aftermath of what has become known as the Flint Water Crisis.
In 2007, Teresa, along with her husband, Dr. Lloyd Bingman, founded The Bingman Group, LLC, a community and economic development consulting firm. In 2011, The Bingman Group was retained to provide consulting services for Western Michigan University (WMU). It was out of this relationship that Lloyd and Teresa became university instructors and founding members of WMU’s University-Community Empowerment Center, a research-focused policy, leadership training, and advocacy center for community empowerment and poverty reduction. Moreover, along with their business partner and former NFL Great, Todd (T.J. Duckett), since 2011, Lloyd and Teresa have launched several companies, including The Black Success Network, LLC and Career Training Camp, LLC.
Before becoming an entrepreneur, Teresa served as an executive appointee of former Michigan Governor Jennifer M. Granholm from January 2003 – August 2007. She was first appointed to serve as Deputy Legal Counsel for the Governor and was later promoted to serve as a Cabinet member in the role of Cabinet Secretary and Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy and Strategic Initiatives. Teresa led policy and strategic initiatives for the Governor and chaired or co-chaired several key programs, representing the executive office, including for instance: Prisoner ReEntry Program, Jail and Prison Overcrowding Task Force, emergency management and homeland security coordinator, and various other special projects, including the Detroit Medical Center Oversight Committee (hospital “turnaround” project), and the committee to establish the Detroit-Wayne County Health Authority.
From September 1999 through December 2002, Bingman served as an Assistant Attorney General under Michigan Attorney General Jennifer M. Granholm, working in the Casino Control Division with the responsibility of developing policies and procedures and regulating the newly organized Detroit casinos. Later, she served within the Criminal Division, where she was responsible for prosecuting various public corruption and corporate crimes and was later promoted to the Executive Division of the Office of Attorney General where she was a lobbyist, focusing primarily on policy issues that impacted Michgan’s urban residents.
Earlier in her career, Attorney Bingman managed UAW-GM Legal Services Plan offices in Oklahoma, and later, in Flint, Michigan. She was also an Assistant District Attorney in Cleveland County, Oklahoma and later, General Counsel for the Oklahoma State Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Control.
Teresa is a member of Union Missionary Baptist Church in Lansing. She is active with the State Bar of Michigan and a member of the Lansing Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., having served on the sorority’s National Social Action Commission. She is active member of The Links, Incorporated, where she has served as President of the Lansing/East Lansing Chapter and has also served on Area and National committees. Mrs. Bingman served on the Michigan State University College of Law Board of Trustees (2006-10) and she is a graduate of the Michigan Political Leadership Program, having worked as an advisor to several local, state and federal political campaigns over the years. She has been honored by the University of Oklahoma and Perry (OK) High School as an outstanding alumna.