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Terry is a litigation partner with substantial first chair trial experience for both plaintiffs and defendants, as well as class action defense experience. He is a member of Reed Smith's Global Commercial Disputes Group where he previously served as Deputy Practice Group Leader.  He also is a member of Reed Smith's Diversity and Inclusion Committee's firm wide Advisory Board, having previously served as the Los Angeles Office Diversity Committee Partner engaged in assisting in the firm's implementation of policies and practices designed to enhance diversity and inclusiveness, and a member of the Los Angeles Office Recruiting Committee, 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

  • Association of Business Trial Lawyers, Los Angeles Chapter, Board of Governors, 2021 
  • State Bar of California: Special Master 1992 – current; Former Member Fee Arbitration Executive Committee 
  • Los Angeles Superior Court, Judge Pro Tem, 1991 - 2007
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association; Prior State Bar Delegate and various former committee positions, including Barristers' Executive Committee member, Fee Arbitration Committee Chair and State Appellate Judicial Evaluation Committee   
  • Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles, Board of Directors, 2003 - 2018

Awards & Recognition

  • Selected through peer review for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© for Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Plaintiffs, 2023-2024