Raised in Texas, Terry obtained a B.A. from the University of Texas in 1995, where he majored in History and Political Science and worked for the Texas Legislative Council. He earned his law degree from the University of Utah in 1998. After graduating from the University of Utah, Terry practiced as a trial attorney in Houston, Texas. In 2003 he moved to a large firm in Denver, Colorado. There he litigated high profile construction and business cases for fortune 500 clients including 5 of the top 10 construction companies in Colorado. Terry is licensed to practice law in Colorado and Texas. The majority of his practice is focused on litigation involving construction, business, insurance, hemp and employment. Terry has been published in many law journals and frequently teaches seminars to Engineers on topics specific to engineering. He is currently  a member of the Colorado Bar Association (CBA). He holds a soft spot for youth and serves as a Boy Scoutmaster and volunteer for youth activities. He organizes the annual AppleBlossom Ride and the Applefest5K fundraising events in Cedaredge, Colorado.

In 2003, Terry and his wife, Sheryl, and their 5 children moved to Colorado. Seeking the beauty of the Western Slope and a smaller setting in which to raise their children, they settled in Delta County in 2010. Terry enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking, hunting, fly-fishing, cross country skiing and watching his children’s sports.