Attorney Denise Terry has a passion for justice and serving others that was instilled in her from a very young age. As a small child she would go to her Father, Charles Terry’s Law office on Saturday mornings and listen as he worked and met with his clients. Thus, her love affair with the law began.
Denise worked with her Father, Charles Terry since June 1982 and continued working with him until his death in May 2009. During their 28 year partnership they tried hundreds of jury trials, both civil and criminal, and assisted thousands of people in the Lakeway Area who had been seriously injured or wrongly accused. Charlie Terry always told his daughter that we “…proudly represent the man behind the plow…” Denise enjoys every day that she has the opportunity to assist the people of this community.
Realizing her moral obligation to give to the community that she loves, she has been a dedicated community servant. She served as The President of Morristown Area Chamber of Commerce, as a board member for various community organization and volunteer positions at her church.
She is honored to serve as a Director of The Andrew Johnson Bank.
While managing The Terry Law Firm, Denise worked to obtain her Doctor Juris Prudence. Denise has always realized the importance of having strong mentors, friends and family in the legal arena and strongly immersed herself in local and state wide efforts to obtain the knowledge and training necessary to become a fierce advocate for her clients. Denise is admitted to practice law in Tennessee State Court, U.S. District Court, Sixth Circuit-Cincinnati and the United States Supreme Court.
Denise Terry was invited to participate on numerous occasions in The Masters in Trial Program that is presented by the Tennessee Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates in Nashville. Only a few well renowned attorneys from across the nation were asked to participate in this mock trial demonstration. This seminar is designed to teach by example with outstanding trial lawyers with different styles. Attorneys who are just beginning their trial practice and seasoned veterans who appreciate observing new ideas and methods attend to hear the “best of the best” in trial lawyers.
Area of Practice:
Social Security Disability
Wills and Estate
Doctor of Jurisprudence-Nashville School of Law, Nashville, TN 1986
Bachelor of Arts Psychology (with Honors) University of Tennessee Knoxville, TN 1982
Tennessee Bar Association since 1987
Tennessee Association for Justice
American Bar Association
American Association for Justice
National Association for Criminal Defense Lawyers
Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
State v. Carter, 889 S.W. 2d 231 (Tenn. Crim. App. 1994)
Simmons v. Simmons, 900 S. W. 2d 682 (Tenn. 1995)
Emery v. Southern Railway Company, 866 S.W. 2d 557 (Tenn. App. 1993)
State v. Shuck, 953 S.W. 2d 662 (Tenn. 1997)
Recognized as Lady of the Lakeway Area by Citizen Tribune
Partner at Arrowhead Church
Theatre Guild, Inc.-Board of Directors 1993-1995
Discover Tennessee Grants Committee 1992-1996
Morristown Hamblen High School West Mock Trial Team Coach 1994
Girls, Inc. Board of Directors 1991-1995
Girls, Inc. “100 Club” Charter Member
Morristown Area Chamber of Commerce Board Member 2000-2007
2006 President of Morristown Area Chamber of Commerce
Actively involved in trials of high profile criminal and civil cases in East Tennessee
Morristown Regional Airport Commission
Avid Supporter of Alps Adult Day Services
Avid Supporter of Helen Ross McNabb Center
HC Excel Board Member
Born Ozark, Arkansas