David W. Terry - Terry Law Firm

David W. Terry

Founding Attorney

I want to help people know their rights and, more importantly, know how to put their rights into action.


attorney bio

David Terry is the founder and lead attorney at Terry Law Firm, a law firm that focuses exclusively on nursing home abuse and neglect cases. David is a nationally recognized lawyer who has been pursing justice for those who have been abused and neglected by the nursing home industry for over twenty years.

Having lived through the difficult decision to place his father in a nursing home, David is uniquely qualified to understand the emotional and legal issues families face when their loved ones are seriously injured or killed by the nursing home industry. Knowing that he is helping people going through life-defining struggles involving the injuries or wrongful death of loved ones at a nursing home is what motivates David every day.

David is licensed in five states and has spent most of his career handling nursing home abuse and neglect cases all over the United States, although he now focuses his practice in Missouri and Illinois. He is “AV” rated by Martindale-Hubbell, a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum and has been recognized as a member of the Nursing Home Trial Lawyers “Top 10” list by the National Trial Lawyers Association. He has also received several Avvo Top Attorney awards for nursing home abuse and neglect cases.

David is a sought-after speaker having spoken on nursing home abuse and neglect cases all over the country from large legal conferences to smaller “lunch and learn” meetings with lawyers, to local church groups.

David has been married for over thirty years and has two daughters, both of whom have been successfully “launched” into the world. In his free time, David enjoys reading, outdoor activities, cooking for family and friends and traveling the world with his wife. One of his main passions is helping to resolve the clean water crisis in Honduras and to improve the lives of the people suffering from lack of resources in that country.


Wheaton College

BA - Bachelor of Arts


Drake University Law School

JD - Juris Doctor


Bar Admissions

  • Missouri
  • Illinois
  • Arkansas


  • AV Rating - Martindale-Hubbell - 2012


  • Nursing Home Litigation Group - 2001 - Present
  • Arkansas Bar Association - 2010 - Present
  • Illinois State Bar Association - 1998 - Present
  • American Association for Justice - 1994 - Present
  • Missouri Bar Association - 1994 - Present


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