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Terry served as Chair of Bryan Cave, and then Co-Chair of Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner, from 2014 until the end of 2019. She was the driving force behind the successful merger of Bryan Cave and Berwin Leighton Paisner in 2018. She has now returned to the practice of law, combining decades of legal advice to public companies, boards of directors and individuals with the practical business skills acquired running a global firm with revenues approaching $1 billion.

Terry’s practice concentrates on securities enforcement and litigation, as well as broader corporate governance and compliance issues. For more than 30 years, she has represented major public companies, banks, accounting firms, broker-dealers, investment advisers, mutual funds, hedge funds and individuals under investigation by the SEC, the DOJ, FINRA and the federal banking agencies. She also has extensive experience conducting independent investigations on behalf of, and providing counsel to, boards of directors and audit committees of public companies. Terry has handled numerous internal, board, audit committee and SEC investigations involving possible violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, accounting issues (including, among others, revenue recognition, off balance sheet financing, and the timing and adequacy of reserves), the adequacy of disclosures, undisclosed compensation or perquisites to executive officers, and related party transactions. She has advised public companies and their directors on appropriate remedial actions and whether to self-report the results of those investigations to the government. She also has handled SEC investigations involving insider trading, as well as broker-dealer and fund matters involving, among others, manipulative trading, valuation, allocation, suitability and supervision issues.

Terry served on the firm’s Executive and Compensation Committees from 2005 to 2011. She additionally served as the Leader of the White Collar, Securities Enforcement and Litigation Client Service Group and as Asia Coordinator, overseeing the firm's offices in Shanghai and Hong Kong.

Terry has extensive government experience. She was with the Division of Enforcement of the SEC from 1982 to 1991. She served as an Assistant Director from 1986 on and handled many of its most notable Wall Street cases. From 1991 to 1994, she was Deputy Chief Counsel of the Office of Thrift Supervision, in charge of its Washington, D.C., enforcement program, directing and managing many high-profile fraud cases brought by the government resulting from the savings and loan crisis. Terry then co-managed the Professional Liability Section of the Resolution Trust Corporation from 1994 to 1995, where she directed and resolved more than 300 cases against officers, directors and other professionals associated with failed savings and loan institutions.

For several years, Terry served as the Chair of the Securities Enforcement Subcommittee of the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association. She is a frequent speaker on securities law and enforcement matters at continuing legal education programs.

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Civic Involvement & Honors

    • The Best Lawyers in America© (2008 – 2020)
    • Washingtonian Magazine;one of the 100 "Most Powerful Women in Washington" (2015, 2017 and 2019) 
    • National Women in Law Award for “transformative leadership.” (with Lisa Mayhew 2018)
    • Securities Docket "Enforcement 40" - recognized in its inaugural year as one of the top 40 securities enforcement defense attorneys in the industry (2013)
    • The Manuel Cohen Outstanding Younger Lawyer Award in recognition of her achievements at the SEC (1985)
    • National Women in Law Award for “transformative leadership.” (with Lisa Mayhew 2018)
    • Securities Docket "Enforcement 40" - recognized in its inaugural year as one of the top 40 securities enforcement defense attorneys in the industry (2013)
    • The Manuel Cohen Outstanding Younger Lawyer Award in recognition of her achievements at the SEC (1985)
    • The Manuel Cohen Outstanding Younger Lawyer Award in recognition of her achievements at the SEC (1985)
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