Terry Gardner

Attorney at Law

Terry Garnder began his private practice of law in 1967 and has accumulated many awards and acknowledgements during his career.

About Terry

Terry was raised in Austin and attended the University of Texas for both his undergraduate and law degrees. He was elected in his first year of law school to Phi Delta Phi, the honorary legal fraternity. Upon his graduation from law school, he was chosen as one of nine briefing attorneys for the Supreme Court of Texas. Following his clerkship, he joined a prominent Fort Worth law firm and became a partner in five years. He learned to try cases at that firm and was an understudy to a distinguished trial lawyer, trying all types of civil cases. After ten years with that firm, he and another young partner formed their own firm and quickly began trying civil cases, usually referrals from other lawyers or judges. Terry has had his own firm for many years. He has tried almost every conceivable type of civil case. Terry has been active in the legal and civic communities and has been elected as president of his bar association. He has been elected to boards, associations and foundations and continues to be active on them. In 2008, Terry received the Tarrant County Bar Association’s prestigious Blackstone Award “for exemplifying the highest attributes of the legal profession—consistent ability, integrity and courage as a lawyer.” You can watch Terry’s acceptance speech here. In 2014, Terry received the Outstanding Mentor Award from the Tarrant County Young Lawyers Association, an award given to a lawyer “who has consistently demonstrated a commitment to mentoring young lawyers in his or her legal community.” Terry is married to Anne, a former justice on the Court of Appeals. They have one son, Travis, who lives in Austin with his wife. Terry particularly enjoys mentoring young lawyers and for many years has been a volunteer to assist lawyers and judges suffering from alcohol and/or drug abuse. He is an avid but sometimes frustrated golfer.

Practice Areas

Civil Law
Personal Injury Trial Law


University of Texas, Austin, TX, 1962 B.A. University of Texas School of Law, Austin, TX, 1966 L.L.B. Graduated with Honors Phi Delta Phi Honorary legal fraternity


Blackstone Award Recipient, 2008 (Tarrant County Bar Association);
Outstanding Mentor Award, 2014 (Tarrant County Young Lawyers Association);
Included in “Best Lawyers” 2010-present (BL Rankings);
“Super Lawyers” 2003-present (Thomson Reuters);
“Distinguished Lawyers” 2000-present (Tarrant County Bar Association);
“Power Attorneys” 2015 (Tarrant County Bar Association);
“Pre-eminent Lawyers” 2000-present (Tarrant County Bar Association);
in various national, state, and local publications; Speaker and Panelist for Texas Wesleyan University’s pre-med, pre-law, and pre-ministerial society programs.

Affiliations & Memberships

Eldon B. Mahon Inn of Court, Master Emeritus & Founding Member; The Honorary Sergeants’ Inn of the Dallas-Fort Worth Inns of Court (Elected 2004-2005); Texas Bar Foundation, Sustaining Life Fellow; Tarrant County Bar Association (President 1991-1992); Tarrant County Family Bar Association; Tarrant County Bar Foundation, Charter Member; College of the State Bar of Texas; United States Supreme Court Historical Society (1995-present); Supreme Court of Texas Historical Society (1998-present).

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