Terry advises and counsels employers in the prevention and resolution of disputes regarding all aspects of the employer/employee relationship. He has represented employers in litigation under Title VII, the NLRA, the ADA, the ADEA, ERISA, the FLSA, the FMLA, Sarbanes Oxley, various restrictive covenants and other employment-related torts. In the NLRA arena, he has counseled clients in 58 representation cases which have resulted in 57 Company wins, and over 130 successful card signing campaigns. He has also advised in and litigated cases involving alleged discriminatory discharges, 10(j) proceedings, allegations of bad faith bargaining, unlawful unilateral changes, refusals to furnish information, various strike issues including injunctive relief, protected concerted activities, coercive threats and interrogations, and backpay/compliance issues.

Terry has also provided companies with preventative training in all areas of labor and employment law and has advised companies in due diligence and merger and acquisition issues as well as collective bargaining negotiations and arbitrations. In addition to his traditional labor and employment litigation practice, Terry has significant experience in the area of affirmative action compliance and training, and on-site and audit defense.

Before joining Constangy, Terry was a founding partner and shareholder with the law firm of Edwards, Ballard, Clark, Barrett & Carlson.

Honors & Recognitions

  • Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® for Employment Law – Management and Labor Law – Management (2009-2024)
  • Chambers USA Guide 
  • Legal Elite, Business North Carolina 
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent® Peer Rated for Highest Level of Professional Excellence
  • North Carolina Super Lawyers (2013-2020)
  • Top Lawyer for Trial/Litigation, Triad Business Leader Magazine (2008)

Professional & Civic Associations

  • North Carolina Bar Association, Labor and Employment Law Section
  • South Carolina Bar Association, Certified Specialist in Labor and Employment Law, South Carolina Supreme Court ( 2000- 2005)
  • Forsyth County Bar Association
  • Executive Committee (1995-1998)
  • Chairman, Personnel Committee (1999-2009)
  • Special Children’s School, Director Emeritus (2010-Present)
    • President of the Board of Directors (2002-2004)

About Me

In his leisure time, Terry enjoys his family and practically any outdoor activities.

  • “The first rule is not to lose. The second rule is not to forget the first rule.”
  • Warren Buffett

Practice Emphasis

  • Advising and Counseling Employers Regarding Employment Litigation Prevention and Defense
  • Defense of Employment Claims in State and Federal Courts
  • Representation of Employers in Union Campaigns, Representation Proceedings, Arbitrations and Collective Bargaining Negotiations, and Unfair Labor Practice Proceedings Before the NLRB and Federal Courts
  • Affirmative Action Planning, Compliance and Audit Defense
  • Merger and Acquisition Advice


Samford University, Cumberland School of Law

  • J.D., 1986
  • Law Review
  • Cumberland School of Law

Furman University

  • B.A., History, 1982

Bar & Court Admissions

  • North Carolina, 1994
  • Alabama, 1986
  • South Carolina, 1987
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court for the District of South Carolina
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