Location: Denver, Colorado, United States
Ward E. Terry Jr. has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Lawyers for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the legal field.
For Mr. Terry, the most rewarding part of working in the field of law was building relationships and helping others. Considered an expert within the legal community, he focused his practice on corporate securities and finance, annuity formation and business law, estate planning, and estate administration. He was drawn to this area of law due to his strong interest in business and an experience that occurred during his early work with Modesitt & Shaw in the early 1970s. Mr. Terry worked directly with the firm’s partner, Richard Shaw, on a big lawsuit with Merrill Lynch and McDonald Douglas. The lawsuit was regarding insider trading, which was a new area for Mr. Terry to explore. His tenacity and hard work led him toward working 18 to 20 hours per day while the case was open; however, the amount of time it took out of his personal life didn’t bother him – he fell in love with this aspect of law through the experience.
Now retired, Mr. Terry concluded his career as a shareholder of Chris Boyle in 2007. Regarded for his integrity and professionalism in the field, he held prominent roles during his tenure, including shareholder and director of Clanahan, Tanner, Downing & Knowlton, Professional Corporation, shareholder and vice president for Terry, Skye & Graham, Professional Corporation, vice president and board of directors member for Hopper and Kanouff, and director of Ward Terry and Co. In addition to his professional work, Mr. Terry was involved in industry organizations. With the American Bar Association, he was a part of the business law section, the real estate and probate section, the taxation section and the antitrust section. He affiliated with the business law and taxation section of the Colorado Bar Association and held membership with the Denver Bar Association.
Mr. Terry entered his profession because of the influence of his grandfather, who was a prominent lawyer in New York. To prepare for his career, he attended the University of Colorado, where he achieved a Bachelor of Arts in 1965 and a JD in 1968. He was admitted to practice law in Colorado and for the U.S. district court in that same year. Later, Mr. Terry returned to his studies to achieve an LLM in taxation from the University of Denver. As he looks ahead to the future, he plans to continue enjoying his retirement with his wife of 52 years, Julie, while taking the opportunity to mentor young professionals in the field.
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