Karen E. Terry

Top rated Medical Malpractice attorney in West Palm Beach, Florida

Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley, P.A.
Karen E. Terry
Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley, P.A.

Practice Areas: Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury, Civil Litigation view more

Licensed in Florida since: 1995

Education: University of Florida Levin College of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2010 - 2023 Selected to Rising Stars: 2009
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Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley, P.A.

2139 Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard
West Palm Beach, FL 33409 Phone: 561-686-6300 Email: Karen E. Terry Visit website


KAREN E. TERRY is a Shareholder at Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley, P.A. in West Palm Beach and has been with the firm close to 28 years. Recently, Ms. Terry is Florida Bar Board Certified in civil trial law as well as in health care and medical malpractice, which are the highest honors one can achieve.  For the last 10 plus years in a row, she has been named as one of The Best Lawyers in America. Recently honored as one of the top-rated lawyers in health care in the United States, Ms. Terry also was selected as one of the Top 100 Lawyers in the country and Top 10 Best Female Attorneys in Florida.

Courtroom View Network recognized Ms. Terry for Top Plaintiffs’ Verdicts in 2015 and the Daily Business Review recognized her for Top Plaintiffs’ Verdicts in 2019 and 2022.  She received the highest honor awarded by the Daily Business Review as its 2016 Product Liability Litigation Lawyer of the Year. Ms. Terry was selected as The Lawyer of the Year, 2017, in Mass Torts Litigation/Class Actions by Best Lawyers in America. In 2018, she also became a Supreme Court Certified Circuit Mediator in Florida.

Ms. Terry has tried many big cases, but in August 2007, she received a jury verdict of over $25 million in Polk County, Florida against Walgreens for misfiling a prescription. In 2013, she also received a jury verdict of over $12 million in Palm Beach County, Florida and was inducted into the Florida’s Verdicts Hall of Fame for this case. She achieved the first verdict in the U.S. against a medical concierge company for the negligence of its doctor in causing catastrophic consequences for a woman.

Ms. Terry has been selected as one of the top five litigators by Florida Trend magazine and the South Florida Legal Guide. For the past 27 years she has been a member of the Florida Justice Association and the Palm Beach County Justice Association and has been active in her community. She recently was selected into the prestigious organizations the International Society of Barristers and the American College of Trial Lawyers. Ms. Terry is past President of the Palm Beach Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates and in 2022 received a very high honor of Trial Lawyer of the Year. 

Before joining Searcy Denney, Ms. Terry clerked for former Chief Judge Walter Colbath of the 15th Judicial Circuit. A native of South Florida, she graduated cum laude from Duke University in three years.  She then graduated with honors and earned a master’s degree simultaneously from the University of Florida College of Law.

Practice areas

Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff, Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff, Civil Litigation: Plaintiff, Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff

First Admitted: 1995, Florida

Professional Webpage: http://www.searcylaw.com/attorneys/terry/karen+e./

Other Outstanding Achievements:
  • 2nd most Watched Plaintiff’s medical malpractice verdict in the U.S. per CVN
  • Member of YPO, Metro Chapter Mensa, 1994 to present Member of PBCJA, PBCBA, FJA, AAJ, FBA Million Dollar Advocates Forum 1996-present AV Rated by Martindale Hubbell ABOTA, 2009-present
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • "Video Games, Violence, First Amendment Protection, and Regulation"; University of South Carolina Communications Journal, 1995.
Special Licenses/Certifications:
  • Masters in Mass Communication from University of Florida
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • 1994-Present - American Bar Association, 1994
  • 1995-Present - Florida Bar Association, 1995
  • 1995-present Palm Beach County Justice Association, 1995
  • 1995-Present - Florida Justice Association, 1995
  • 1995-Present - Palm Beach County Bar Association, 1995
  • 1996-present - American Association of Justice, 1996
Educational Background:
  • University of Florida College of Law, Gainesville, FL.  Dean's List - Honors Student; Student Honor Court, Attorney General , 1994
  • University of Florida, Gainesville, FL.  Completed a Master's Degree in Communications Law at the University of Florida , 1995
  • Duke University, Durham, NC - Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science, 1991. Graduated in three years with High Honors; Dean's List with Distinction; Golden Key National Honor Society; Political Science National Honor Society; Bench and Bar Legal Society - Vice President; Chairperson of the Panhellenic Judicial Board; Pi Beta Phi Sorority. Also took courses for credit at the London School of Economics, University of Madrid, Harvard, Georgetown, and Tufts University., 1991
  • , Lawyer of the Year Award in Personal Injury Litigation-Plaintiffs, Best Lawyers in America, 2023
  • , Lawyer of the Year Award, Best Lawyers in America, 2017
  • 2009 – Present; 2018 Palm Beach Board Member; 2019 Vice President; 2020 President Elect, American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)
  • Elected to Foundation Board 2022, International Society of Barristers, 2018
  • , Top Lawyers, Palm Beach Illustrated, 2019
  • , Super Lawyers, 2019
  • , Hall of Fame, Legal Elite, 2019
  • , Florida State Committee of American College of Trial Lawyers, 2022
  • , American College of Trial Lawyers,, 2020
  • , Top 10 Most Impressive Plaintiff Verdicts, CVN, 2021
  • 2022 Lawyer of the Year Award in Medical Malpractice, by Best Lawyers in America, Lawyer of the Year - Medical Malpractice, Best Lawyers in America, 2022
  • , Top Lawyers, Palm Beach Illustrated, 2019
  • Lawyer of the Year Award, 2017, in Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions-Plaintiffs, by Best Lawyers in America , Lawyer of the Year - Mass Tort Litigation/Class Action-Plaintiffs, Best Lawyers in America, 2017
  • Named 2016 West Palm Beach Product Liability Litigation Lawyer of the Year  , Lawyer of the Year - Product Liability Litigation, Best Lawyers in America, 2016
  • 2009-present. Selected by peers into Best Lawyers in America in 5 different categories: personal injury, medical malpractice, product liability, professional malpractice, and mass torts litigation. , Best Lawyer in 5 Categories, Best Lawyers in America, 2009

Office location for Karen E. Terry

2139 Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard
West Palm Beach, FL 33409


14 Years Super Lawyers
1 Year Rising Stars
  • Super Lawyers: 2010 - 2023
  • Rising Stars: 2009

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