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Philip J. Terry

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Business Litigation Attorney in Santa Rosa, CA

Carle Mackie Power & Ross LLP
100 B Street, Suite 400
Santa Rosa, CA 95401
Phone: 628-243-3082
Fax: 707-526-4707
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2022
Licensed in California Since: 1990
Practice Areas: Business Litigation, Business/Corporate, Civil Litigation: Defense, Banking, Employment & Labor: Employee, Real Estate: Business
Languages Spoken: English, Spanish
Attorney Profile

Philip J. Terry is a partner and the head of the commercial litigation group at the law office of Carle, Mackie, Power & Ross LLP located in Santa Rosa, California. He offers dependable, detailed and customer-centric legal advice and services covering a broad spectrum of practice areas, including:

·       Wine law

·       Real estate

·       Commercial contracts and disputes

·       Banking and lender liability

·       Receivership and bankruptcy litigation

·       Securities fraud

·       Construction law and defects

·       Corporate and partnership law

·       Trust and probate litigation

·       Labor law and employment litigation

·       Product liability

·       Unfair competition and trade secrets

·       Trademarks and copyrights

·       Taxation

As an experienced litigator, Mr. Terry has advanced numerous complex matters through jury trials, bench trials, arbitration, mediation and appeals. He has made noteworthy contributions to the wine industry by creating and pursuing practical solutions to claims arising from wine spoilage, defective packaging and bottling, distribution agreements, alternate proprietorship contracts, and vineyard management and development disputes.

Mr. Terry graduated in 1987 with his bachelor’s degree in political economy with high honors from the University of California, Berkeley.  In 1990, he received his juris doctorate from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, in San Francisco. During his law school tenure, he was a research editor for Hastings International and Comparative Law Review and competed in moot court. 

Mr. Terry's litigation practice extends across the greater San Francisco Bay Area as well as Southern California with regular appearances in Sonoma County Superior Court. He also represents clients in Federal Court in the United States District Courts for the Northern, Eastern and Central Districts. He is a member of the United States Court of Appeals for the 9th and Federal Circuits, as well as the United States Tax Court. Mr. Terry is active with local bar associations (Sonoma, Marin and San Francisco) including a stint as board member of the Sonoma County Bar Association and is currently a member of the Richard M. Sangster American Inn of Court.

Mr. Terry received Martindale-Hubbell’s highest possible peer review rating of AV Preeminent* in 2015. Having served as a member of the legal community for over 30 years, he has also been awarded a “Superb” rating by Avvo. He regularly presents at Sonoma County Bar Association’s continuing legal education seminars on real estate litigation and has recently taught real property law at Empire College School of Law in Santa Rosa, California.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
  • 30%Business Litigation
  • 20%Business/Corporate
  • 20%Civil Litigation: Defense
  • 10%Banking
  • 10%Employment & Labor: Employee
  • 10%Real Estate: Business
Focus Areas

Trade Secret, Non-Compete Agreements, Contracts, Business Organizations, Employment Law - Employee, Condominiums & Cooperatives, Landlord/Tenant, Mortgage & Refinance, Short Sale

Selections

1 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2022

About Philip J. Terry

First Admitted: 1990, California

Professional Webpage: https://www.cmprlaw.com/attorneys/jeff-terry/

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Real Property Update, Continuing Legal Education Seminar June 2021, presented at the Sonoma County Bar Association.
  • Real Property Update, Continuing Legal Education Seminar March 2010, presented at the Sonoma County Bar Association.
  • Real Property Update, Continuing Legal Education Seminar May 2011, presented at the Sonoma County Bar Association.
  • Civil Litigation and Trial Update: 2011 Year in Review, Continuing Legal Education Seminar February 2012, presented at the Sonoma County Bar Association.
  • Real Property Update, Continuing Legal Education Seminar May 2012, presented at the Sonoma County Bar Association.
  • Document Presentation at Trial, Continuing Legal Education Seminar May 2013, presented at the Sonoma County Bar Association.
  • Real Property Update, Continuing Legal Education Seminar March 2017, presented at the Sonoma County Bar Association.
  • Real Property Update, Continuing Legal Education Seminar March 2018, presented at the Sonoma County Bar Association.
  • Real Property Update, Continuing Legal Education Seminar March 2019, presented at the Sonoma County Bar Association.
  • Real Property Update, Continuing Legal Education Seminar March 2020, presented at the Sonoma County Bar Association.

Educational Background

  • Bachelor of Arts, with High Honors, University of California, Berkeley, 1987

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Member, Past Board Member, Sonoma County Bar Association
  • Member, Marin County Bar Association 
  • Member, San Francisco County Bar Association
  • Member, Richard M. Sangster Chapter of the American Inns of Court

Verdicts/Settlements

  • Favorable verdict for plaintiffs in 4 week jury trial for wrongful termination and defamation including finding of malice resulting in confidential post trial settlement., 2012
  • Successfully resolved through mediation oxidized wine and product defect case resulting in confidential settlement., 2014
  • Favorable defense verdict in 3 month jury trial defending real estate and securities fraud claims brought against multiple parties totaling over $6 Million., 2014
  • Favorable ruling on demurrer resulting in judgment of dismissal of insider trading claims against defendant., 2013

Industry Groups

  • Banking
  • Real Estate
  • Securities
  • Wine Industry
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Office Location for Philip J. Terry

100 B Street
Suite 400
Santa Rosa, CA 95401

Phone: 628-243-3082

Fax: 707-526-4707

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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