Areas of Practice
  • DePaul University College of Law, J.D., 2000
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, B.A., 1991
Bar & Court Admissions
  • Illinois
  • Supreme Court of Illinois
  • US District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • US District Court, Northern District of Colorado
  • US District Court, Eastern District of Michigan

Terance A. Gonsalves

115 South LaSalle Street
Suite 3100
Chicago IL 60603
TEL: +1 312 577 1275
FAX: +1 312 577 1370

Terance Gonsalves is a distinguished litigator who represents clients in a wide variety of areas, including consumer protection, advertising, False Claims Act (FCA), and Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) matters.  Mr. Gonsalves has tried more than 20 jury trials to verdict.  He handles complex litigation, arbitrations, and mediations with his client’s business interests at the forefront.  As a former police detective, Mr. Gonsalves has tremendous insight that adds value to internal and regulatory investigations, internal audits, and other compliance and governance matters. 

Mr. Gonsalves routinely serves as lead counsel before federal and state courts, and represents clients before the Department of Justice, Department of Education, US Attorney’s Offices, Federal Trade Commission, and state attorneys general.  His particular experience in FCA and qui tam litigation allows him to skillfully counsel clients during critical government intervention decisions and all phases of litigation, including fact and expert discovery, and appellate proceedings. 

Mr. Gonsalves is also an authority on the TCPA, defending clients against class actions and individual claims in jurisdictions across the country.  He routinely partners with clients to ensure TCPA compliance, including advising clients with issues related to lead generation.  He frequently presents on the TCPA, discussing risk mitigation, compliance, liability, and future ramifications.

The experience and insight Mr. Gonsalves gained in-house also sets him apart.  Recognized for astute judgment and scalable solutions, he has the ability to quickly pinpoint his clients’ priorities and craft practical solutions.  He previously served in-house as deputy general counsel for litigation at Career Education Corporation, a provider of postsecondary education services.  He maintains a deep understanding of the federal, state, and accrediting agency issues facing institutions in this highly regulated space, and assesses his clients’ legal, regulatory, and compliance concerns with a substantive and practical eye.

Representative Matters

  • Represents proprietary education company in connection with investigation by the Federal Trade Commission
  • Represents proprietary education company in several federal False Claims Act actions alleging violations of Title IV regulations
  • Provides advice to education clients regarding compliance with federal regulations and accrediting standards
  • Acts as national litigation counsel for proprietary education company in defense of numerous Telephone Consumer Protection Act putative class actions, individual lawsuits and claims
  • Represented financial services company in state False Claims Act action alleging manipulation of municipal bond pricing
  • Represented manufacturing company in federal False Claims Act investigation related to National Science Foundation research grant
  • Represented small business loan originator in Telephone Consumer Protection Act putative class action


  • Named “Top Assistant General Counsel” by First Chair magazine, 2012
  • Received “Excellence in Pro Bono Service” award from the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and the Chicago Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, 2012

Select News & Events

  • “How to Navigate Through the New TCPA Changes,” Journey Summit 2017, October 10, 2017
  • Trial Lawyer Tery Gonsalves Joins Steptoe in Chicago
  • “Telephone Consumer Protection Act,” 16th Banking and Finance Forum: Mecklenburg County Bar Continuing Legal Education, 2016
  • “Fireside Chat: The Burden and Benefit of TCPA Compliance,” Jornaya - Journey 2016 Summit, 2016
  • “Strategic Considerations for In-House Counsel Regarding the Attorney-Client Privilege,” Women's Bar Association of Illinois, 2016
  • “The Education Regulatory Landscape: Truth in Advertising, the Power of Your Brand, and How to Control it Online,” LeadsCon New York, 2016
  • “Not If, But When: Cover Your Act in TCPA Liability,” Professional Association for Customer Engagement, 2016

Professional Affiliations

  • Fellow, Leadership Council on Legal Diversity