Teig Whaley-Smith

Adjunct Associate Professor of Law
Professional Memberships: 
Wisconsin Bar Association, Milwaukee Bar Association
Other Courses Taught: 
Community & Economic Development Law, Starting & Managing a Law Practice, Contract Drafting


Teig was raised in the diverse inner-city neighborhood of Sherman Park, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he continues to reside with his wife, Lindsay, and son, Sincere and daughters, Selah and Sidney. Teig is a proud graduate of Milwaukee's Public Schools, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he received honors degrees in Political Science and Afro-American Studies, as well as, a Certificate in Business.  Teig also graduated, cum laude, from the University of Michigan Law School where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Michigan Journal of Race and Law and assisted Community Development Corporations in Detroit through the Legal Assistance to Urban Communities Clinic.

After spending two years as a Real Estate Development Attorney at one of Milwaukee's premier law firms, in 2004 Teig started his own private practice, Community Development Advocates ("CDA"). Over a 10 year period, CDA assisted clients develop $50,000,000 of real estate, including over 250 affordable housing units.  CDA's assisted planning and implementation also helped attract over 25 businesses and over 1,000 jobs to Milwaukee's urban corridors.

Currently, Teig is the Director of Economic Development for Milwaukee County where he is responsible for leveraging the County's substantial real estate holdings for the benefit of the people in Milwaukee county.  Since joining the County in 2014, the department has negotiated nearly $60,000,000 in economic development projects.  He is also an Adjunct Professor of Law and Marquette University Law School where he teaches Community Economic Development Law, Starting & Managing a Law Practice, and Contract Drafting.