Jeff Terry - Partner


Philip J. (Jeff) Terry is a litigation and trial partner with Carle Mackie Power & Ross, LLP. Jeff has been practicing in Northern California since 1990 and is peer review rated AV (the highest rating possible) by Martindale-Hubbell. Jeff has successfully tried a wide variety of legal disputes to verdict before juries in both Federal and State court.

Jeff is dedicated to results driven litigation and counseling clients with respect to commercial and business disputes. Jeff is committed to finding the most practical and cost efficient solution to a difficult problem but to litigate aggressively and strategically where it is in his client’s best interest.

With over 25 years of extensive courtroom experience, Jeff has successfully litigated a broad range of legal issues: real estate disputes including seller and broker misrepresentation, easements, landlord issues, ADA claims, boundary and title matters; banking related cases, including lender liability, commercial lending, foreclosure, receiverships and guaranty enforcement; construction industry matters including defect cases, mechanic’s lien and contract enforcement; intellectual property disputes including trademark infringement and cancellation claims, copyright infringement and Digital Millennium Copyright Act claims; business torts including misappropriation of trade secrets, unfair competition, and fraudulent conveyance; investment and securities cases including securities fraud, investment advisor fraud and investor suitability issues; California and Federal employment claims involving discrimination, retaliation and wage and hour claims; disputes among shareholders, partners, limited partners, LLC members, trustee and beneficiaries; probate claims and litigation; premise liability and general insurance claims; and resolution of tax controversies through administrative and judicial process.

Since joining CMPR in 2002, Jeff has also worked with a large number of wine industry clients developing industry specific skills to tackle problems unique to wine producers, winegrowers, winemakers, distributors and suppliers. Jeff has successfully pursued and defended negligence and contract claims involving wine spoilage, cork taint and defective packaging. Jeff has also assisted many clients with contract disputes related to vineyard management and development, grape purchase contracts, distributorship and brand agency relationships, as well as custom crush and alternate proprietorship agreements.

Witnessing first hand how business relationships can sometimes deteriorate from a lack of foresight or adequate planning for contingencies, Jeff is able to counsel and assist clients in successfully negotiating, or negotiating on their behalf, a broad spectrum of commercial transactions, including the purchase and sale of a business, the formation and structuring of a corporate or partnership entity, as well as addressing and resolving tax related disputes.

Jeff is proficient in Spanish and French.

  • Member, Past Board Member, Sonoma County Bar Association

  • Member, Richard M. Sangster Chapter of the American Inns of Court

  • Member, San Francisco County Bar Association

  • Bachelor of Arts, with High Honors, University of California, Berkeley, 1987

  • Juris Doctor, University of California, Hastings College of the Law, 1990

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