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Scott John Terry

Personal injury Attorney at Sumner, WA

4.3   8 reviews

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Scott Terry grew up in Des Moines, Washington and is a Graduate of Brigham Young University and the Seattle University School of Law.  Mr. Terry has been practicing law for over 32 years; and in that time he has vigorously represented the interests hundreds of individuals pursuing just compensation for injuries, crafting estate plans and helping families through the difficult probate process, Mr Terry has honed his trail skills, trying well over 100 cases in Municipal, District and Superior Courts. Mr. Terry has appeared as a legal analyst on NW Cable News and has sat as a Pro Tem Judge in various Courts in King County.

Licensed for 33 years
State WA
Status Active
Acquired 1989
Updated 02/01/2023

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

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Sumner Office
15306 Main Street E.,
Suite B
Sumner, WA, 98390


4.3 / 5.0
  8 customer reviews
Posted by Joel | January 22, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
He wins. Trial or no Trial.
Scott Terry is incredible!! I had a DUI charge back in 2003 that we took to trial by jury in which the charge was completely dismissed. We also had a Boating Under The Influence completely dropped by the 2nd court appearance a couple years later. I had a couple other DUI charges after that so I called up Mr. Terry...he also beat those charges. Scott represented me for a gun/marijuana charge in which I walked away from as well. He even answers his cell phone at 1 am on vacation! When you are a client of his you get the privilege to call him when you need him most. Mr. Terry is an attorney you can trust and count on. Scott Terry is a Jedi Lawyer!
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Posted by Susan | January 27, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Top Notch
I was injured at a Holiday Show, and called Scott, I have known him for years and fully respect him. Scott and his team made everything real easy. They kept track of the stack of bills, and would stay in contact with me, just to see how I was doing with my recovery for nearly two straight years, through surgery and physical therapy. Scott was proactive, great at returning calls, explaining everything, and keeping me informed. He has good people skills, and has respect from the people in his industry . His assistant Kelly was very aggressive with the insurance company that would drag their feet. There were no surprises, or issues. From start to finish the team was professional, incredibly knowledgeable, honest, caring, and fair. All in all I had an amazing experience with Scott, and was very happy with the outcome in my case.
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Posted by Dan | January 26, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent job
Mr. Terry handled my case very professionally when I had a client threatening to sue me when another contractor used my business card to get a job and told the client he worked for me when his work was subpar they called me. I new nothing about this and they started threatening me, my company, telling me they were going to come after me legally. I called Scott And he got right on this and cleared everything up. He is so worth his money I would hire him again if needed.
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Posted by anonymous | December 12, 2011
Client review
Scott did a great job getting me compensation for a motor vehical accident I was involved in. I was able to get all medical bills paid for as well as pain and suffering compensation, avoiding a court trial. Thanks Scott.
Posted by anonymous | October 22, 2011
Effective and honest by Theodore T.
Mr. Terry has represented my family in a couple of traffic issues as well as family law. His taff is top notch and he is always quick with a response. A 10 among attorneys. I would highly recommend him.
Posted by anonymous | January 12, 2009
Client Review
Scott did an amazing job working with my on my dui charge. He got it dropped to a negligent and I did not lose my license at all. Highly Recommended....
Posted by anonymous | September 12, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Not too impressed.
im not too upset with the way that my case ended (which really, he didn't do anything with...) however, I am upset with how hard it was to get ahold of Scott when I needed to do so. He claimed to have a plan for my case but when the day came and we went to court, I (being a passenger in an acohol related accident) got a much more serious charge than the driver and owe a LOT more money than the driver. I feel like he could have focused on my case a little more and made more of an effort especially in court where he said maybe a few things other than hello. I personally wasn't impressed.
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Response from Scott Terry December 20, 2016
Much of the work I do on a case occurs before I walk into court. In this particular case, I had several conversations with the prosecutor prior to court and had negotiated a favorable resolution which allowed this particular client to keep their record clean on condition they get an alcohol evaluation and receive the prescribed treatment. Oftentimes my negotiations benefit a co-defendant, which may have been the case in this matter. I always try to return phone calls within 24 hours of receiving them. Prior to walking into court with this client I did explain in detail the resolution I had worked out with the prosecutor and answered any questions they had regarding the resolution. The extra cost this person had to deal with was the cost of the alcohol treatment they had to complete, which was not in my control. My fees were very reasonable.
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Posted by Jason | September 2, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Do not use this guy
I hired him to represent me. He does not fight at all for you. He "goes with the flow" and does the bare minimum. He will contact you the day before a hearing to inform you that you must attend. When asked why he didn't notify earlier his response is "my bad". Will only communicate via phone so there is no record of conversation's or what he said to client. Spends half his time in Utah. Gets easily confused by prosecutor with regards to charges and negotiation.
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Payment methods
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AVVO RATING 9.2 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Terry Law Firm, P.S.
  • 1995 - Present
  • Partner
  • Mackey & Terry Attorneys
  • 1990 - 1994
  • Associate
  • Law Offices of Ronald Heslop
  • 1989 - 1990


  • Seattle University School of Law
  • Juris Doctor
  • 1989
  • Brigham Young University
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1986

Legal Cases

  • Rear - end collision
  • 150,,000 settlement for policy limits
  • State v. MJ
  • Hung Jury - Mistiral - Dismissed
  • City v. K.F.
  • Dismissed - On Defendant's Motion
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  • Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2008 - Present
  • Washington Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys
  • Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Washington State Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 1995 - Present
  • South King County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1992 - Present
  • U.S. Western District Court of Washington
  • Licensed to Practice
  • 1991 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1989 - Present
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • Italian

Honors and Awards

  • Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Pro Bono Publico Service Commendation
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • 2017
  • Pro Bono Publico Service Commendation
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • 2016
  • Pro Bono Publico Service Commendation
  • WSBA
  • 2015
  • Pro Bono Publico Service Commendation
  • WSBA
  • 2014
  • Pro Bono Publico Service Commendation
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • 2012
  • Pro Bono Service Commendation
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • 2011
  • Pro Bono Award
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • 2009
  • Pro Bono Publico Service
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • 2008
  • Pro Bono Publico Service
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • 2007
  • Pro Bono Publico Service
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • 2006
  • Pro Bono Publico Service
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • 2005
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Speaking Engagements

  • NW Cable News Guest Commentator
  • Grand Jury Special Inquest Procedure on Citizen Death by Police
  • 2005
  • KBC Member Meeting
  • DUI Law Changes
  • 2004
  • Lake Tapps Relief Society
  • Estate and Financial Planning
  • 2002
  • Bonney Lake Relief Society
  • Estate and Financial Planning
  • 2000
  • KIRO News - Guest Commentator
  • Mary K. Letourneau/Criminal Law
  • 1998
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Attorney endorsements

Received (12)
Given (13)
Endorse Scott
Criminal defense Attorney | Jan 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer without reservation. Scott is highly knowledgeable and ethical in his practice. I handle family law matters but when the need arises, I do not hesitate to refer clients to Scott."
Criminal defense Attorney | Dec 20
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Scott is one of those rare gems of a lawyer who is patient, practical, trustworthy and also represents a credible trial threat. I endorse him."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Scott. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Criminal defense Attorney | May 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I worked with Scott for several years while Prosecuting for the City of Auburn. Scott always worked diligently for his clients, as such, I endorse this lawyer."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 17
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. As a Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney I tried a highly contentious domestic violence assault case against Scott. I was extremely impressed with Scott's ability to be a zealous advocate for his client while maintaining his professionalism and candor throughout the trial It was clear by the end of the trial that Scott had earned not just my respect, but that of the judge and jury as well."
Personal injury Attorney | Sep 20
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I opposed Scott on a number of matters over the years, as I was a King County prosecutor. Scott always impressed me with his preparation, client care and professionalism. Scott is just a tremendously skilled advocate who serves his clients exceedingly well."
Lawsuits and disputes Attorney | Apr 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have known Scott Terry for almost twenty years and found him to be an aggressive, honest lawyer who works hard for each and every one of his clients. Our firm regularly uses Scott as a referral source for cases that we are nt able to accept. He's a great guy."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Scott is a highly competent, aggressive advocate for those persons accused of criminal activity. I endorse his work."
Criminal defense Attorney | Nov 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. I have known Mr. Terry for over 20 years. I have observed his legal expertice in criminal defense, family law and personal injury. He is highly competent, well-prepared and very knowledgable of all areas of the law in which he practices. I would highly recommend him to represent clients in all theses areas."
Bankruptcy and debt Attorney | Jun 20
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I've known this lawyer for many years and know that he is highly competent. I would not hesitate to recommend his services to anyone."
Criminal defense Attorney | Jun 07
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Scott Terry is a former bankruptcy attorney and excellent criminal defense attorney. He and I have worked together on several cases and have used each others areas of expertise to assist our clients. Scott always the answer for me when I call and his sage counsel is always helpful. I am happy to endorse Mr. Terry and his practice. "
Business Attorney | Jun 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Scott Terry is well respected by his fellow attorneys and his clients. I have known Scott for years and have no reservations in recommending him to anyone needing legal representation. He is simply a great attorney and a good person."
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