Trusts and Estate Law Services | Little Rock, Arkansas



5000 Rogers Avenue, Suite 500
Fort Smith, AR 72903
P: 479-452-2200
F: 479-452-9097

AV Preeminent Badge | Hardin, Jesson & Terry
American College of Trial Lawyers

Mr. Terry’s general practice is focused primarily on commercial and oil and gas litigation, transactional matters, trusts, estates and probate, and the defense of complex litigation. He has been involved in numerous class action matters. Mr. Terry is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, and has served in numerous civic and public service organizations. He has served by appointment of the Governor on three occasions as Special Justice of the Arkansas Supreme Court. He has had a diverse appellate practice and has argued numerous cases in the Arkansas Supreme Court, Arkansas Court of Appeals and Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals. Mr. Terry has also practiced before the Arkansas Public Service Commission and Arkansas Oil and Gas Commission. He is currently general counsel for Arkansas Valley Electric Cooperative Corporation and also serves as a member of the Board of Directors of Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield.

Representative Experience

  • Serving as trial counsel on complex oil and gas cases of legal significance;
  • Representation of insurance companies and self-insured companies in all phases of complex litigation;
  • Arguing numerous appeals in the Arkansas Supreme Court, Arkansas Court of Appeals and U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit; and
  • Trial counsel for Kansas City Southern Railway.
  • General Counsel, Arkansas Valley Electric Cooperative Corporation


  • B.A., Ouachita Baptist University, 1973
  • J.D., University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, 1976

Public Service

  • Commissioner, Fort Smith Housing Authority, 2010- present
  • Member, Sebastian County Election Commission, 2001-2007
  • Special Justice, Arkansas Supreme Court
  • Member, Board of Trustees, Ouachita Baptist University, 1987-1993
  • Member, City of Fort Smith Civil Service Commission, 1983-1992
  • Advisory Board, Sparks Regional Medical Center, 1982-1987
  • Board of Directors, Western Arkansas Counseling and Guidance Center, 1982-1987


  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers, Mid-South (litigation); Listed 15 years; Top 50 Arkansas Lawyers, 3 years
  • Chair, Natural Resources Law Section, Arkansas Bar Association, 2006-2007
  • Editor-in-Chief, Arkansas Law Review

Admitted to Practice

  • Arkansas
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Oklahoma


  • Arkansas Bar Association
  • Arkansas Bar Foundation
  • American Bar Association
  • Sebastian County Bar Association

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