John S. Terry

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Estate Planning & Probate Attorney in Carmel, IN

Cate, Terry & Gookins, LLC
 | 301 East Carmel Drive, Ste. C-300
Carmel, IN 46032
Phone: 317-943-8166
Selected To Rising Stars: 2009
Licensed Since: 1998
Practice Areas:
  • Estate Planning & Probate (20%),
  • Estate & Trust Litigation (20%),
  • Closely Held Business (20%),
  • Business Litigation (20%),
  • Mergers & Acquisitions (10%),
  • Business/Corporate (10%)
Attorney Profile

Attorney John S. Terry is a partner with the Cate, Terry & Gookins law firm in Carmel, Indiana. A Carmel native and second-generation attorney, Mr. Terry has practiced law for more than 20 years, and he devotes his time and resources to helping individuals, families and business owners with their legal needs involving any of the following:

·        Estates and trusts

·        Federal estate tax mitigation and avoidance

·        Business formation and planning

·        Contract review and preparation

·        Asset and stock sales and acquisitions

·        Business succession planning

A 1995 graduate of Wabash College, Mr. Terry attended Indiana University School of Law, where he obtained his Juris Doctor in 1998. Licensed to practice in Indiana and Illinois, Mr. Terry is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Southern and Northern Districts of Indiana.

As an attorney, Mr. Terry has achieved notable success assisting his clients with protecting their assets and preserving their wealth for future generations by delivering solid, comprehensive estate planning instruments. As many of his clients are also business owners with considerable assets, Mr. Terry has extensive experience handling these types of complex cases, and he uses his in-depth business acumen to help his clients organize, plan and operate their companies with an eye on future success.

Recognized for his impeccable professionalism and service, Mr. Terry holds an AV Preeminent peer review rating* from Martindale-Hubbell. He has also earned Superb ratings on Avvo, and he has built a reputation as being one of the leading lawyers in his area for estate and trust planning, and business law. A consummate professional, Mr. Terry is highly active in his legal community. He has served in a number of leadership roles, including president for the Hamilton County Bar Association, and he maintains an active membership with the Indiana State Bar Association.

Committed to his local community as well, Mr. Terry serves on the board of directors of the Actors Theatre of Indiana and the Friends of Hamilton County Parks. He is also a former board member of the Hamilton County Area Neighborhood Development organization.

*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
  • 20%Estate Planning & Probate
  • 20%Estate & Trust Litigation
  • 20%Closely Held Business
  • 20%Business Litigation
  • 10%Mergers & Acquisitions
  • 10%Business/Corporate
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Rising Stars: 2009

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About John Terry

Admitted: 1998, Indiana

Professional Webpage:


  • AV rating from Martindale Hubbell
  • Recognized as Rising Star by the Indianapolis Monthly Magazine
  • Rated 10 out of 10 by Avvo

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Illinois, 2015
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Indiana, 2014
  • Indiana, 1998
  • Hamilton County Bar Association
  • Treasurer, Hamilton County Bar Association, 2003 - 2007
  • Member, Indiana State Bar Association
  • Vice President, Hamilton County Bar Association, 2007 - 2009
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Indiana, 1998
  • President, Hamilton County Bar Association, 2010 - 2011

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Actors Theatre of Indiana, Board of Directors Member, 2015 - Present
  • Life Member, NRA
  • Friends of Hamilton County Parks, Inc., Board of Directors, 2015 - Present
  • The Legacy Fund, Scholarship Committee Member, 2015 - Present
  • Member, Carmel Dad's Club, Travel Sports Committee
  • Carmel Rotary Club
  • Board Member, Hamilton County Area Neighborhood Development, 2004 - 2014

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Garner v. State, 59 N.E.3d 355, 2016 Ind. App. LEXIS 334, Ind. Ct. App. 2016
  • Inside the Minds™ – Best Practices for Structuring Trusts and Estates, Thomson Reuters publication, Contributing Author, 2015

Educational Background:

  • Wabash College, A.B., 1995
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Office Location for John S. Terry

301 East Carmel Drive
Ste. C-300
Carmel, IN 46032

Phone: 317-943-8166

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Last Updated: 4/3/2019

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