For nearly 50 years, Terry has been a presence on the labor and employment law stage in New York State.
During the course of his career, Terry has represented some of the largest municipalities in the State of New York, including Nassau County, Westchester County, the cities of Buffalo, Yonkers and Mount Vernon, and regularly handles high-profile disciplinary proceedings, including an Education Law Section 3020-a case that imposed the highest fine in the history of the State ($100,000).
Trusted Advisor to Counties, Cities and Towns
Terry’s practice includes collective bargaining, arbitration, employment discrimination and litigation. In addition to Nassau and Westchester Counties and more than 20 school districts, Terry has represented:
Improving Business Workforce
Terry’s renown in the labor and employment world is not confined to the public sector or even to the New York metropolitan area. He has represented businesses and companies in negotiations and litigation throughout the United States and has experience in the printing, recording, service, restaurant and higher education industries. Terry is currently labor counsel to Pace University.
Author of the Book on Public Sector Law
Terry was one of only eight editors of the first text on Public Sector Labor Law published by the New York State Bar Association. He also co-authored with E.J. McMahon from the Empire Center for New York State Policy - an in-depth analysis of 40 years of the Taylor Law entitled, “Taylor Made: The Cost and Consequences of New York's Public Sector Labor Law.” He and Mr. McMahon also published a Report on the impact of the Triborough Law entitled, “Triborough Trouble -- How an Obscure State Law Guarantees Pay Hikes for Government Employees -- and Raises the Tax Toll on New Yorkers.” He also co-authored an article entitled, “Taylor Law Implications of Municipal Consolidation and Dissolution.”
An Acclaimed Speaker and Author
Terry has lectured extensively on numerous labor topics throughout the United States. He is a frequent speaker at the NYS Conference of Mayors, NYSPELRA and MASLA.
He has also authored numerous articles published in law reviews and labor law journals, including:
- "An Experiment in Compulsory Arbitration: Section 716 of the New York State Labor Relations Act"
- "Academic Freedom in New York Earns an 'F' for Foggy"
- "Legislative Relief Required for Municipalities to Cope with Disability Benefits Obligation"
- "Workfare from a Management Perspective"
- “The Right to Privacy Tips the Scales: Teachers are Stopped from Picketing Board Members’ Homes and Places of Business”
- “Jury Waivers: An Alternative to Arbitration”
- “Court of Appeals Rejects a Union Attack on Pension relief for Public Employers”
Terry is a cum laude graduate of St. John’s University School of Law where he was a Thomas More scholar and served as Publications Editor of the St. John’s Law Review. Terry eventually returned to St. John’s Law as an adjunct professor for many years, teaching Public Sector Labor Law.