Terry is a trial lawyer and strategist with more than 25 years experience defending companies in high-stakes litigation. He has argued before juries and appellate panels in state and federal courts across the country. Terry’s practice spans a broad spectrum of complex matters including pharmaceutical, toxic tort, product liability, commercial and insurance coverage litigation. He is often asked to take on matters shortly before trial in cases with difficult opposing counsel or problematic venues.
Protecting a client’s reputation and brand requires far more than diligence in discovery and a vigorous defense at trial. Terry counsels his clients on litigation avoidance strategies that are grounded in his nearly three decades of experience navigating the judicial system. Understanding his clients’ business objectives and operations, Terry partners with corporate officers and executives to deliver solutions that reduce legal spend and improve outcomes.
Terry’s achievements as a litigator have been highlighted by the Wall Street Journal, The National Law Journal, and Forbes Magazine. He is a sought-after speaker on trial strategy and tactics, legal ethics, and media relations.
Throughout his career, Terry has maintained an active pro bono practice. He has a special interest in assisting refugees and asylum seekers fleeing persecution in their countries of origin. Terry was honored with the firm’s William G. Zimmerman Pro Bono Award for his successful representation of an Iraqi translator who sought asylum in the United States following the liberation of Iraq in 2003. He continues to represent Afghan refugees who were hunted by the Taliban for assisting the U.S. military.
Terry is a veteran of the United States Marine Corps Reserve.
Publications and Presentations
Countering Bias in the Courtroom, Update of the Law CLE, Kansas City, Missouri, June 2021 (with Kamran Q. Khan and Jeremy Gunn).
Trial Counsel and Social Media Ethics: Internet Research on Potential Jurors, Update of the Law CLE, Kansas City, Missouri, June 22, 2017 (with Travis Braun).
Ethical Considerations in Expert Depositions, PLI Seminar, 2008.
Representing Unpopular Clients: Ethical and Practical Considerations, American Bar Association Section of Litigation, 2008.
Lessons From Kananian, ACI Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada, 2008.
Toxicogenomics: Toward the Future of Toxic Tort Causation, 5:1 N.C. J.L. & Tech. 33, Fall 2003 (with Jon R. Pierce).