Theresa L. Kitay has devoted her entire career to discrimination and civil rights issues. Over the past 20 years she has concentrated on those issues in the housing arena.
Since working with The Law Firm of Coughlin, Kitay & Edelstein, P.C., Terry has been widely recognized as the nation's foremost legal expert on accessibility issues—including both Fair Housing Act and ADA requirements. In addition to general defense and preventive representation for people who own or manage all forms of housing, Terry works with owners, developers, architects and engineers of new multifamily construction on issues of physical accessibility nationwide.
Terry is a member of the Board of Advisors of Professional Apartment Management and the author of "Fair Housing and Accessibility Issues in Multifamily Rental Housing" in the Georgia Apartment Law Book. She is a frequent contributor on fair housing and related topics to such national publications as Multifamily Executive, Units and Professional Apartment Manager. Terry also has testified before the U.S. House of Representatives on fair housing and accessibility issues.
Terry previously served as a senior trial attorney in HUD's Southeastern Regional Office, where she was primarily responsible for prosecuting fair housing cases in the eight Southeastern states. Prior to her HUD position, Terry served as a litigation associate with a premier civil rights litigation firm in Atlanta.
Terry is an honors graduate of both Smith College and the Emory University School of Law, and was a member of the board of the Emory Law Review. She has served as an adjunct professor of law at Emory.
An Atlanta native, Terry is based in Marina del Rey (Los Angeles), California.