After enlisting in the Marine Corps, Mr. Terry went back to school and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Business Finance from California State University, Chico in 2003. He obtained his Juris Doctor from Thomas Jefferson School of Law in May 2009 and passed the California Bar Exam two months later.
Mr. Terry began working with one of the high-volume top-tier DUI defense firms after spending the entire summer following his first year in law school watching jury trials in the San Diego courthouse. Throughout law school, he worked full time at the firm while attending Thomas Jefferson School of Law in the evenings.
Eager to get in the thick of the action, Terry began arguing DMV administrative hearings daily – literally cross-examining dozens of police officers & civilian witnesses every month. As he sharpened his advocacy skills, he began winning DMV hearings that many considered to be un-winnable. Word of his ability spread: local firms began to approach Mr. Terry, asking him to train their employees in his unique approach; other firms hired him outright, to argue on behalf of their clients on a per-hearing basis.
Mr. Terry continued to excel at oral advocacy, becoming certified by the State Bar under the PTLS program, arguing (and winning) multiple motions to suppress evidence (resulting in full dismissals), writs of mandamus in civil court (against the DMV) and even arguing before the Court of Appeals – the very day he found out he passed the California Bar Exam. He second chaired multiple DUI trials; misdemeanors and felonies.
In July of 2010, Terry graduated from the National College of DUI Defense Summer Session, held at Harvard Law School. He has since graduated from the rigorous summer program in the following two years: 2011 and 2012. He actively participates in continued training with the various NCDD events. In April of 2011, Terry graduated from La Pier’s rigorous DWI Detection and Standardized Field Sobriety Testing course; he is certified in Standardized Field Sobriety Tests under NHTSA (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration).
Once an associate attorney and trial lawyer for Cole Casey’s firm, Mr. Terry continued to argue the gamut: jury trials, DMV license suspension hearings, pre-trial motions and appellate matters for the firm. In May of 2011, the associate became partner: the two lawyers decided to create Casey & Terry, LLP – an exclusive DUI Defense practice.
Though both attorneys never lost a jury trial in the following months, Mr. Terry decided to step out on his own and launch the Law Offices of Matthew Terry, APLC. The focus continues to be on DUI cases, jury trials with an expanded approach to appellate matters and writs of mandamus. His practice continues to be fully committed to excellence in advocacy. He is usually found in the midst of a DUI jury trial.
The Terry Firm is now re-writing the rules of client representation in terms of comprehensive, rigorous advocacy. Attorney Terry has been described as “obsessively diligent” and “committed to excellence.” He describes his life path as being a never-ending pursuit in mastery of craft and person.
* Terry was nominated for the San Diego Daily Transcript “Outstanding Attorney” award in both 2011 and 2012.
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|State Delegate - California||National College of DUI Defense||2012|
|Rising Star of the Month||San Diego Attorney Journal||2012|
|Nominated for Outstanding Young Attorney Award||San Diego Daily Transcript||2012|
|Nominated for Outstanding Young Attorney Award||San Diego Daily Transcript||2011|
|Attorney / Owner||Law Offices of Matthew Terry, A.P.L.C.||2010 - Present|
|Attorney (former Law Clerk)||Law Offices of GCC, A.P.L.C.||2006 - 2010|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|DUI Defense Lawyers Association||Founding Member||2014 - Present|
|San Diego Criminal Defense Lawyers Association||Member||2014 - Present|
|San Diego Criminal Defense Bar Association||Member||2013 - Present|
|National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers||Member||2012 - Present|
|National College of DUI Defense||Member||2010 - Present|
|California DUI Lawyers Association||Member||2010 - Present|
|San Diego Bar Association||Member||2010 - Present|
|Terry Defense Blog||Presumed Innocent - Unless You're Poor||2013|
|TerryDefense Blog||Forced Blood Extractions, DUI Arrests and the Right to Bear Arms?||2012|
|TerryDefense Blog||300 Convictions, 300 Innocent People||2012|
|TerryDefense Blog||Live Free or Die? The Nanny State in America||2012|
|TerryDefense Blog||Master Your Craft||2012|
|National Criminal Defense College||JURY TRIAL ADVOCACY||2012|
|LaPier DWI Detection & Standardized Field Sobriety Testing Certification Program||Certification in NHTSA-Standardized FST's||2011|
|National College for DUI Defense at Harvard Law School||DUI DEFENSE||2011|
|National College for DUI Defense at Harvard Law School||DUI DEFENSE||2010|
|Thomas Jefferson School of Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2009|
|California State University, Chico||BS - Bachelor of Science||2003|
|Valley Center High School Graduating Seniors Presentation||DUI, Drugs & What Will I Do With My Life||2012|
|People v. Hodges||Case Dismissed (All Charges)|
|People v. (Former Military - Private)||Military diversion - no conviction|
|People v. Madden||Case Dismissed (All Charges)|
|People v. D.C.||Case Dismissed (All Charges); Restraining Order denied.|
|People v. Weinberg||Hung Jury on All Counts|
|People v. Townsel||Dry Reckless|
|People v. S.B.||Not Guilty|
|People v. Ward||Not Guilty, All Counts|
|People v. Martin||Hung Jury - all counts.|
|People v. A||All Charges Dismissed, Won DMV Hearing|
|People v. Feltes (Chula Vista)||Won DMV hearing & client accepted "Dry Reckless" plea bargain moments before jury selection.|
|People v. Kirra M.||Trial - Not Guilty; DMV - Win (Set Aside suspension)|
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