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Terry joined Reed Smith as part of the firm's combination with Crosby, Heafey, Roach & May in 2003, where he had been a partner since 1992 and active with its Recruiting and Finance Committees. He has been a member of Reed Smith's Diversity Committee since 2005 where he is engaged in assisting in the firm's implementation of policies and practices designed to enhance internal diversity and inclusiveness and a member of Reed Smith’s Los Angeles Office Recruiting Committee since 2016, engaged in selecting and developing its new attorneys.


  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law, 1984, J.D., Note Editor, Hastings International and Comparative Law Journal
  • University of California, San Diego, 1981, B.A., Political Science, Economics minor, Chinese Studies minor

  • California

  • All State Courts - California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - First Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals - Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court - Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court - Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court - Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court - Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court - District of Colorado
  • U.S. District Court - Western District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. Tax Court

  • State Bar of California, Former Member Fee Arbitration Executive Committee
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association; Prior State Bar Delegate and various former committee positions, including Barristers' Executive Committee member, Fee Arbitration Committee and State Appellate Judicial Evaluation Committee   
  • Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, Board of Directors, 2003-2010, 2015-current (interim service 2013-2014)