About Denise S. Terry


Morristown Personal Injury Attorney

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.

Results Obtained by The Terry Law Firm



Theft of trade secret, patent infringement



Recovery for hearing loss sustained to workers at Berkline Manufacturing Plant



Product liability, roof crush, negligence, paralysis



Product liability airbag negligence, paralysis

Professional Background:

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.



  • 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

Reported Cases

  • 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
    • Mother of Gabriel Charles Stapleton who joined the firm in 2020.