Joseph H. Terry


Joe is the former managing partner for the Lexington and Washington, D.C. offices and a former member of the firm's Board of Directors. His practice is principally devoted to general business planning and corporate law with an emphasis on corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, and federal and state securities law. He also has a niche intellectual property practice involving the law related to sports marketing and sporting events.


  • University of Kentucky College of Law  (J.D., with distinction, 1971)
    • Order of the Coif
  • University of Louisville  (B.A., 1968)

Bar Admissions

  • Kentucky

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky


  • Fayette County Bar Association
  • Louisville Bar Association
  • American Bar Foundation, fellow
  • Kentucky Bar Foundation, fellow
  • Sports Lawyers Association
  • Kentucky Sports Authority, board member
  • World Games 2010 Foundation, Inc., board member and Executive Committee 
  • Lexington Area Sports Authority, board member, past chairperson
  • Downtown Lexington Corporation, board member, past chairperson
  • Kentucky Registry of Election Finance, past chairperson
  • Lexington Transit Authority, past chairperson
  • Leadership Kentucky
  • Leadership Lexington


  • Peer Review Rated AV in Martindale-Hubbell
  • Best Lawyers© 
    • "Lawyer of the Year" in Lexington for Mergers & Acquisitions Law (2019)
    • Banking and Finance Law (2022-2024)
    • Corporate Law (2022-2024)
    • Mergers & Acquisitions Law (2022-2024)
  • Kentucky Super Lawyers®
  • Chambers USA®: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, Corporate/M&A