Michael B. Terry, Partner

Mike Terry handles complex trial and appellate matters.  He was on the plaintiffs’ trial teams for the two largest verdicts in Georgia history.  He has been on the winning side on appeal for the largest verdict in Georgia ever reversed, and the largest verdict in Georgia ever affirmed on appeal.

In July 2023, Mike was one of three finalists for national “Trial Lawyer of the Year,” awarded by Public Justice in conjunction with the American Association for Justice's annual meeting.

Mike was recognized as the Lawyer of the Year for Georgia (2021) by American Lawyer Media and by the Fulton County Daily Report. Mike has been ranked by Chambers USA for General Commercial Litigation since 2008.

He has been recognized as a Georgia “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers five times, in three subject matter areas (Appellate Litigation, Antitrust Litigation and Banking Litigation). Three of those awards were for trial court work, and two for appellate cases. Mike was a Top 10 Georgia “Super Lawyer" in 2023 and 2024, and has been a Top 100 Georgia "Super Lawyer" 15 times.

Bar Service 

Mike served as president of the Atlanta Bar Association in 2010-2011, where he set a focus on judicial funding and services for lawyers in transition. In 2019, he received the Charles Watkins Award for lifetime service to the Bar, the highest award given by the organization. Mike also served as president of the charitable Atlanta Bar Foundation in 2018-2019.  He is currently on the board of directors of the Atlanta Bar Association and the American Bar Association's House of Delegates. Mike served 10 years (2012-2022) on the Board of Governors of the State Bar of Georgia.

Mike is a frequent lecturer and author on business litigation topics including class actions, punitive damages and appellate issues. He is also often asked to moderate debates and panel discussions involving judges.

Representative Work

Trial Counsel

In August 2022, Mike was part of a trial team that obtained a $1.7 billion verdict, the largest in Georgia history, in the case of Hill v. Ford. His cross-examination of the defense’s engineering expert was referred to in the closing argument as the crux of the case.

Mike was part of a trial team that obtained a $454 million verdict that was affirmed on appeal, the second largest in Georgia history, in Six Flags v. Time Warner.  The trial was of a breach of fiduciary duty case.

In August 2023, Mike was a part of a trial team that obtained an $80.2 million verdict in the case of Pritchard v. Mendoza in Cobb County Georgia.

In September 2023, he was a part of a trial team that obtained a $113.2 million verdict in the case of Adams v. Claxton, in Fulton County Georgia. 

Mike has tried cases to verdict in a number of subject matter areas.  For example, Mike has tried a CERCLA (Superfund) contribution case; a civil RICO (racketeering) case; a Sherman Act (Antitrust) case, and numerous fraud, breach of contract, and products liability cases.

Appellate Counsel

Over the past 22 years, Mike’s practice has also focused heavily on appellate litigation, particularly in the areas of class actions and punitive damages. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, an organization founded to advance the highest standards and practices of appellate advocacy and to recognize outstanding appellate lawyers. Mike has published three books and numerous articles on appellate practice. Some examples of his appellate work follow.

He argued and achieved a 7-0 victory before the Georgia Supreme Court in a landmark challenge to the constitutionality of the state’s caps on pain and suffering damages in medical malpractice cases. 

In 2023 Mike argued and won two cases combined for oral argument in the Georgia Supreme Court which refined the standard for foreseeability of third-party conduct.

In 2023, he argued and won in the Georgia Court of Appeals a case addressing, inter alia, personal jurisdiction based on business registration.

In 2022, Mike argued and won in the Georgia Supreme Court a case extending the rights of victims of sexual abuse.

 In 2020, he argued and achieved a victory before the Georgia Supreme Court in a $46 million dollar medical malpractice case.  

In 2018, Mike argued and obtained a unanimous victory before the Georgia Supreme Court for a class of 12,000 teachers alleging improper elimination of retirement plan contributions from the school district.  

In 2016, he argued and achieved a 7-0 reversal of the denial of class certification for a class of 700,000 consumers alleging they had been charged usurious fees by their Bank.  

In 2015, Mike was selected by the Council of State Court Judges of Georgia to represent that body in two successful Georgia Supreme Court challenges to actions taken by Georgia Judicial Qualifications Commission. Mike received the inaugural “Guardian of Justice” Award from the Council of State Court Judges in 2017. 

Professional Activities

Immediate Past President and Executive Committee Member, Atlanta Bar Association; Past Chair, Litigation Section; Past Chair, Continuing Legal Education Board of Directors; Past Chair, Judicial Campaign Conduct Committee

Member, Board of Governors, State Bar of Georgia

Sustaining Member, Lawyers Foundation of Georgia

Member, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association

Member, American Association for Justice

Member, Lawyers Club of Atlanta

Member, American Constitution Society

Member, Executive Committee and Chair, Program Committee, Lumpkin Inn, American Inns of Court

Chair, Standing Committee on the Unauthorized Practice of Law, Supreme Court of Georgia, also Member, Emergency Management Committee

Former president, Druid Hills Civic Association

Board of Directors, Atlanta Youth Soccer Association

Publications/Speaking Engagements

Honors and Awards

Georgia Lawyer of the Year (2021) by American Lawyer Media

Fellow, American Academy of Appellate Lawyers

Best Lawyers’ 2016 Atlanta Appellate "Lawyer of the Year"

Leading Business Lawyer, Chambers USA

Best Lawyers in America

Top 100 Georgia Super Lawyer, Atlanta Magazine

Georgia Local Litigation Star, Benchmark Plaintiff

Case of the Year award, Georgia Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers Newsletter


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1201 West Peachtree Street NW
Suite 3900
Atlanta, GA 30309


University of Georgia School of Law, J.D., 1987, magna cum laude

University of Georgia, A.B., 1982, magna cum laude