Tess is dynamic and solution driven in her approach to assisting clients with the development of renewable energy projects, focusing specifically on the commercial real estate aspects of these projects.

In addition to her energy work, she has diverse transactional experience, including mergers and acquisitions, labor & employment law, and a broad range of corporate law and corporate governance matters. Tess regularly advises on mergers, acquisitions, divestitures and real property transactions involving environmental considerations. Her role on those matters includes assisting with contract review and drafting and conducting and managing environmental due diligence.

Graduating with high honors and Order of the Coif from Drake Law School, Tess served as Managing Editor of the Drake Law Review. During law school, she interned at Harvard Law School’s Food Law & Policy Clinic in Boston. Tess also competed in the National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition in New York, where she was awarded Best Brief Overall. 




  • Drake University Law School, J.D., 2019, high honors
  • Central European University, M.A. 2015, with merit
  • Chapman University, B.F.A., 2014, cum laude


  • Iowa, 2019


  • Legal Intern, Iowa Senator Rob Hogg, January 2019 – May 2019
  • Legal Intern, American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa, August 2018 – December 2018
  • Summer Intern, Harvard Law School Food Law & Policy Clinic, May 2018 – August 2018


  • Order of the Coif
  • Order of the Barristers

Civic & Professional

Professional Activities

  • Polk County Women Attorneys, Luncheon Co-Chair, January 2021 - Present
  • Drake Law National Environmental Law, Moot Court Competition Coach, 2019-2021
  • Blackstone Inn of Court, Member, 2019-2021
  • Drake Law Review, Managing Editor

News & Insights

Publications & Presentations

“Leading the Way Forward: Legal Perspectives, Iowa Waste Reduction Center,” Midwest Food Recovery Summit, 2018

“What’s at Stake for Mississippi in the 2018 Farm Bill?,” Delta Regional Forum on Population, Health, Development, and Entrepreneurial Problem Solving, 2018

“Tess Pocock, Diversified Agricultural Economies in the Senate Farm Bill,” Harvard Law School Center for Health Law and Pol’y Innovation Blog, 2018

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