A founding partner of the firm, Terry heads our litigation practice, handling both civil and criminal cases. He started his legal career as an Assistant State's Attorney in Cook County in 1973, where he prosecuted hundreds of murder cases, taking that experience into the private practice of law in 1978. His expertise, honed over the past thirty years of trying all types of cases, recently culminated in Terry's inclusion in the American College of Trial Lawyers, an elite group of distinguished and recognized litigators, comprising less than 1% of the lawyers in Illinois.

Over the years, Terry's expertise has been recognized by the high profile cases that he has taken on. Here is a sampling of some of those cases:

  • Representing the family of a young man killed in the tragic porch collapse during the summer of 2003.
  • Freed a man wrongfully convicted of murder almost 10 years after his wrongful conviction.
  • Exonerated a local Chief of Police of accusations that he conspired to allow gambling.
  • Exonerated a child care worker falsely accused of murdering a child in her care.
  • Exonerated a former prosecutor of accusations that he and six other county officials conspired to fabricate a confession of a convicted felon implicated in the abduction, rape and murder of an 11 year old girl.
  • Represented a local municipality during a Department of Justice investigation into claims of racial profiling.
  • Recovered a multi-million dollar settlement for County courthouse workers, including judges, prosecutors, public defenders, clerks and sheriffs, for injuries caused by "sick building" syndrome.

In addition to his recognized track record of success for his clients, Terry's reputation has made him a leader among legal professionals. He is a Past President of the DuPage County Bar Association, having been the head of its Criminal Law Committee and the Chairman of its Judicial Screening Committee. He also holds current membership on the Illinois Pattern Jury Instructions Committee, Criminal.


J.D., University of Illinois School of Law (1973)
B.S., Northwestern University (Political Science) (1970)

Supreme Court of Illinois
United States Supreme Court
7th CIrcuit Court of Appeals
United States District Court - Northern District of Illinois, including Trial Bar
United States District Court - Central District of Illinois

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