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Samuel R. Terry

Criminal defense Attorney at Fort Worth, TX

4.9   30 reviews

About Samuel

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  1. Criminal defense
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    Case experience includes several capital murder cases all the way to DWI cases. Federal cases in Texas and Michigan; State cases in Texas and Michigan.

    18 years, 3,000 cases

Nominated SuperLawyers® 2015, 2016, and 2017  ~  SuperLawyers®, Rising Stars, 2014  ~  Top Lawyers, Fort Worth Texas Magazine, 2014 and 2017.

 

Samuel R. Terry is the aggressive and detail-oriented attorney that is the driving force behind the Law Office of Samuel R. Terry, P.C. Sam demands absolute professionalism, strict attention to detail, and a commitment to excellence, not only of himself, but from his staff as well. Sam passionately believes that, “Every individual charged with a crime is entitled to the best defense possible.”

While serving in the United States Air Force, Sam received numerous accolades including: The Air Force Achievement Medal for Meritorious Service; The Air Force Good Conduct Medal; and the National Defense Service Medal. Sam continued his focus on public service completing an externship at the Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office in Fort Worth, Texas. He promptly returned to Michigan to serve as an assistant city attorney/prosecutor. While at the City of Flint Attorney’s Office, Sam established a focused approach to the prosecution of domestic/family violence cases and aided in the establishment of a Victim’s Assistance Program for the City of Flint.

As a prosecutor, Sam recognized a disturbing and systemic trend of what he considered to be less than adequate representation of individuals charged with crimes. For Sam, this was unacceptable. He quickly understood that not only is providing less than adequate legal representation a violation of a person’s constitutional rights but it also serves to erode the very foundation of American life. It became very clear for Sam that, “Every individual charged with a crime is entitled to the best defense possible.”

 Throughout his career, Sam has been nominated for the Texas Super Lawyers award for 2015, 2016, and 2017, which is annually awarded to the top 5% of attorneys in Texas. He has also achieved inclusion in Fort Worth Magazine’s List of Top Attorneys in the Criminal Attorney category for 2014 and 2017. Additionally, Sam received the Texas Rising Stars award in 2014. Sam is backed by many five-star reviews on Google and Avvo. Also, he has proudly received Avvo’s Client’s Choice Awards for 2015, 2016, and Avvo’s rating of Superb Top Attorney - Federal Crime.

Sam is a member of the prestigious Texas Bar College which is an honorary society of lawyers who are among the best trained attorneys in Texas. He also is a member of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL); Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (TCDLA); Tarrant County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association (TCCDLA); and the Federal Bar Association-Fort Worth Chapter. He is admitted to practice law in the State of Texas, State of Michigan, United States District Court for the Northern Districts of Texas, United States District Court for Minnesota, United States District Court for Eastern District of Michigan, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

Sam holds a Bachelor’s Degree (B.A.) in Political Science and Philosophy from the University of Michigan and a Juris Doctorate (J.D.) from the Western Michigan University Cooley Law School.

 

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Licensed for 18 years
State TX
Status Eligible to Practice in Texas
Acquired 2011
Updated 10/23/2022
State MI
Status Active And In Good Standing
Acquired 2004
Updated 10/06/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact Samuel

Law Office of Samuel R. Terry, P.C.
115 N. Henderson St.
Fort Worth, TX, 76102

Reviews

4.9 / 5.0
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Posted by anonymous | April 9, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best Criminal Defense Lawyer in Tarrant County
I hired Samuel Terry. He got my case dismissed. He is awesome and so is his staff.
Posted by Kenny | June 10, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Agg assault charge felony to a misdemeanor
Good fella worked hard on my case to my satisfaction would recommend to anyone going through what I had to deal with.
Posted by Derick | May 15, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
It is so nice to be nice
I contacted Samuel Terry law firm by accident. I received a call back asking if I needed their assistance. Once I told the representative that I was trying to contact a sibling who was missing and we expected him to be incarcerated, she asked for their information and assured me that she would give me a call back when she got to her computer. An hour or so later she returned my call with a detailed update which included all things from the date of indictment to sentence received and parole eligibility date. I am very appreciative for her assistance. She did not have to assist me in any way. Plus, I failed to mention that all of this took place on a Saturday evening. If I can receive assistance of this caliber by accident, on a Saturday evening, and free of charge, imagine the level of service they would provide if hired... Words cannot express my gratitude, but thank you
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Posted by Kevin | April 15, 2016
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Got my charge taken away!
A great defense attorney! Gave me all the info I needed about my case and his staff was very helpful and took care of every question and request I had. I was facing a potential 2nd dwi and with his abilities as a lawyer got it reduced to obstruction of highway. Couldn't be happier and would highly recommend for anyone!
Posted by BenHee | February 23, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
BenHee
Mr Terry and his assistant Kristie are definitely the best team. Terry is professional and Kristie is very caring about clients. They are opening and work hard. My case was dismissed without damage after 3 month. Appreciate Terry's good work and guidance, and Kristie's patient to listen to me and support. Over there, you are not only a client, and they become the friends to support you. Thanks.
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Posted by Patrick | February 22, 2016
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The Best Attorney
I was in a bit of a bind facing a possible felony, and civil charges on top of the criminal. I cold called every attorney I could find on avvo and once I talked to him a huge wave of relief was swept over me. And Christine was also a big help. He told me he REALLY wanted to take my case, and I knew at that moment I could trust him. The epitome of bad ass and a true lawyer. You can tell they really care, if you end up in a pickle he's the one to call. Fair, honest, and diligent... this firm has had a significant positive effect on my life. Thank you!!!!
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Posted by DUBERNEY ZUNIGA CUERO | January 28, 2016
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got my case dismissed
I was searching for a layer and I came across Samuel R. Terry I hired him to represent me for my case he was very professional at his work thanks to him and his staff I'm able to have a normal life back thank you so much for helping me out at the same time I want to thank his secretary Kristie for helping me also thank you guys god bless !!!
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Posted by Clint Bedell | January 22, 2016
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Saved my son
Very knowledgeable in his field and did a excellent job defending my son. Explained things as we went and advised us the whole way...excellent job. Thank you so much!
Posted by Matt G. | January 21, 2016
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
THE BEST AROUND
First off I would like to simply say Thank You to Sam and Elan for going out there way on helping me on my situation. I currently moved back home to Las Vegas and got a surprising citation in Dallas from a person who bought my car I sold. With there fast response, quickly they took care of my citation. From there prompt service to excellent communication skills I was very comfortable knowing that they will take care of me. I have never had any service like this the way they did. Very professional and the utmost sense of urgency when it comes to anything. I appreciate and value there business. I definitely recommend them. Thank you again Elan and Sam you two are simply THE BEST!
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Posted by Amanda | December 16, 2015
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Tarrent county charge
We hired Mr. Terry for a charge back in June, and from the very start he and his team were very available for all the questions or worries we had. Kristie has been a god send, answering every text, phone call, or email sent. he took care of the case in a timely fashion and delivered what he promised. would definitely hire him again!
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Posted by Kimberly Henderson | November 6, 2015
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Simply thebest
I contacted Mr Terry late at night in an urgent situation. I was able to retain his firm within a few minutes. Mr Terry and his staff went right to work immediately. They are professional,knowledgeable and put my mind at ease. Words cannot adequately express our gratitude for the work they did. I would highly recommend this lawyer to anyone.
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Posted by Loyd | October 7, 2015
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Heaven Sent
I found at a low time in my life being accused and turned to Samuel Terry and his Staff Kristie. I was nervous but felt so at ease with Mr. Samuel and Kristie that in time the truth set me free. I feel like a made a friend. I think you can put your trust into a Law Firm such as Samuel Terry.
Posted by Kendel | August 13, 2015
delivered on promises
I had a great experience with the Terry law firm. My case was dismissed, as was our goal. I was kept informed on my case every step of the way. Kristie his assistant was great also. Any time I had a question or concern, I could call or e-mail her, and I would always receive a quick response from her. I saw a lot of other cases in the court I was in take plea bargains, fines or jail time. So I was very pleased That Mr. terry delivered what he promised me from the beginning. I would highly recommend The terry law firm and his staff if you are in trouble and need legal help.
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Posted by Rodriguez Family | July 20, 2015
A TRUE BLESSING !!!!
From the time I emailed Mr. Terry in regards to my brothers legal issues just for a consult on a Sunday to the very end of my brothers case our family has nothing but good to say about Mr. Terry and his employees. We always got a response when we had any questions and he showed us what a great attorney does. Our family would highly recommend Samuel Terry. He and his staff always kept in touch with us and returned all calls. texts, emails in a timely manner usually the day of. The fact that you have access to all the documents so you are aware of what is being done is great as well. Samuel Terry Law exceeded way above and beyond what we expected. Seeing that this is not the first time we had to hire an attorney for my brother we were unsure of what to expect this time around due to being disappointed in the past with all the other past attorneys...Mr. Terry showed us different he truly did work from start to finish and went above and beyond. Proof of that is the fact that my brother got the less amount of time he could possibly do, When you have one of the toughest Judges in the State / Country tell him in court the day of sentencing that he did a great job presenting the case....that alone speaks volume of the work and dedication he puts into his clients cases . Any and every time Mr. Terry met with our family we always left with ease knowing he had my brothers best interest in mind. They are very professional and organized and just great people all the way around. We can not say this enough that Mr. Terry and his staff are truly heaven sent they will always hold a special place in our family .
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Posted by Reese | July 6, 2015
Best lawyer in TEXAS
Unfortunately The dice haven't been rolling in my favor the last couple years. Through the grace of God I stumbled across Samuel Terry. I was on 10 years probation and was charged with two new cases (1 felony) (1 misdemeanor). Being very familiar with the legal system, I was preparing myself to do some time. Never in my wildest dreams did I expect to receive legal representation of this quality without being a celebrity . Sam and his assistant Kristi go over and beyond the call of duty every time. Long story short ; Samuel fought his butt off for me in court, I end up getting probation (no prison) .
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Posted by anonymous | June 11, 2015
Best attorney EVER
I highly recommend Sam Terry when needing legal representation. I didnt think it could be done, but Sam got my case DISMISSED. He and his asst., Kristie, answered any questions I had in a timely manner and were always on top of the case.
Posted by OJ | May 14, 2015
Dismissed
Sam and his office staff were very positive from the beginning. They were able to get my charges dismissed and did not give up until they had done so. Thanks, Sam!
Posted by anonymous | March 13, 2015
Life Saver
I am so relieved! Everything turned out BETTER than I had anticipated. I was nervous after my arrest, I chose Sam Terry to represent me and could not be happier that I did. The staff, his assistant were so professional and understanding. I would definitely use again! But hopefully won't have to!
Posted by Porcha Ruth | March 7, 2015
Terrific!!
What doesn't Samuel Terry do? Is the question people need to ask because, he is just terrific!! Me and my family have been doing business with Mr. Terry for the last 3 years now. One of the times in my life I thought my family was going to be torn apart for the actions that we have made and there was no way out of the darkness. But, Mr. Terry and his awesome staff gave me peace of mind and trust. I believe those very factors are the factors that makes Sam the best attorney in the world. Most attorney's are all about your money or they don't have a bit of interest in your well being or just do not care about your situation. NOT SAM!! He worked with me, talked with me, reassure that everything was going to be ok when it did not seem like it was etc etc. There isn't enough time or space to explain how wonderful of an attorney he is. And if your looking for a great lawyer with great intentions please do not look any further than where you are! He is definitely worth the shot. If it wasn't for Sam I don't know where we would be with out him. His knowledge, his professionalism, his integrity, his views on the legal system, I mean everything is on point. Mr. Terry is the guy for the job! Trust me!!!
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Posted by William | March 5, 2015
It's a blessing
I'm Will,long story short I would like to point out the excellent job that attorney Samuel Terry and assistant Kristie Coomer have done for my case.I received a dwi about a year and a half ago and did 8 months in state jail for that,I recently got what should've been my third and was arrested and told the chance of me getting probation or bonded out would be something short of a miracle,Mr.Terry showed up and somehow was able to get me probation for 2 years..I don't give him all the credit as I believe the Lord had a lot to do with that..But thank you so much for the communication and exceptional service you provided me.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 30 minutes
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Law Office of Samuel R. Terry, P.C.
  • 2004 - Present
  • Assistant City Attorney
  • City of Flint Attorney's Office
  • 2004 - 2005

Education

  • Western Michigan University - Cooley Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2004
  • University of Michigan
  • 2000

Legal Cases

  • State of Texas v. G.T.
  • Not Guilty
  • Texas v. Smart
  • Dismissed
  • Texas v. Hull
  • Dismissed
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Associations

  • National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
  • Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Tarrant County Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2020
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2017
  • Fort Worth Magazine's Top Attorney
  • Fort Worth, Texas Magazine
  • 2017
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyer
  • SuperLawyers
  • 2015
  • 2014 Rising Stars List
  • Super Lawyers®
  • 2014
  • Top Lawyer - Criminal Law
  • Top Lawyers, Fort Worth Texas Magazine
  • 2014
  • Cert. of Merit for Academic Excellence in District Court Pract.
  • Western Michigan University - Cooley Law School
  • 2004
  • Certificate of Achievement in Litigation
  • Western Michigan University - Cooley Law School
  • 2004
  • Certificate of Merit for Academic Excellence in Construction Law
  • Western Michigan University - Cooley Law School
  • 2003
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Speaking Engagements

  • ITT Technical Institute - School of Criminal Justice Classroom Presentation
  • Jury Selection - What is it?
  • 2007

Attorney endorsements

Received (14)
Given (13)
Criminal defense Attorney | Oct 19
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jul 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Samuel is an honest and hard-working attorney that fights for his client's rights."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 18
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"If you or someone you know is facing criminal charges, this is the attorney you need. I have worked with him on a felony case. His work ethic and passion for working a case and preparing for trial is tremendous."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 06
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I recommend Sam Terry if you or a family member are in need of a hard-working trustworthy attorney."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 04
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 02
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I absolutely endorse Sam Terry. Mr. Terry is an excellent criminal defense attorney. Mr. Terry is a skilled courtroom advocate and he cares about every one of his clients. He is well respected by both Judges and opposing counsel. I highly recommend."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I met Sam shortly before I started practicing in Federal court. My clients and I both owe him a huge debt. He has been a constant resource for great advice. We tried a complex murder trial together. Of course, he did a great job, but what struck me is how much he cared about our client. The client still sends us notes of encouragement from time to time. Great guy and great lawyer!"
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Sam has a common sense approach to resolving criminal cases in State and Federal Court. He is highly respected in our legal defense community for getting amazing outcomes for clients with his exceptional legal skills. I endorse and highly recommend his firm."
Criminal defense Attorney | Aug 26
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Sam Terry has worked with me in three jury trials, so I have had a good opportunity to observe him in trial. He is personable and makes a good impression on jurors and clients. But he is also quick to apprehend the important issue and focus on it. In a very short period of time he has built a thriving practice and I expect him to continue to do well in the future."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Samuel. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 18
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Sam Terry is a very talented attorney that fights extremely hard for his clients and is always thinking about how to win the case. I have known Sam to wake in the middle of the night and start working on a individual case when he thought of an argument. I have been always impressed with his work ethic and dedication to his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Sam Terry is a dedicated and very smart attorney. He has a broad experience in municipal law having worked in the Flint City Attorney's Office and in private practice. I had cases against him. I respect his work and advocacy for his clients. I know he is honest and keeps his clients best interest at hear. I am the former Prosecuting Attorney for Genesee County and don't recommend lawyers lightly."
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