Terry has represented parties in litigation for over forty years, usually in civil rights, constitutional and family law cases. He has also written and lectured on family law issues and on religion and law issues. At Lass Moses Ramp & Cooper LLC, Terry intends to reduce his litigation activities and increase his writing and lecturing efforts.
Terry spent most of his legal career at Kelly Garnsey Hubbell + Lass LLC and its predecessors, a firm which he founded with Jean Dubofsky in 1972. Terry and Ed Kahn remain as Of Counsel to Lass Moses Ramp & Cooper LLC, after the dissolution of the original firm in 2011. Prior to 1972, Terry spent three years as a Reginald Heber Smith Community Law Fellow, working in legal aid programs in Portland, Oregon and Denver, Colorado.
Terry graduated from Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa in 1965, and Notre Dame Law School in 1968, the year that Martin Luther King, Jr. and Sen. Robert Kennedy were assassinated. He has been recognized for over twenty years in The Best Lawyers in America (Family Law) and is also recognized in the newer Colorado Super Lawyers (First Amendment and Civil Rights). He is the past-chair of the Family Law Section of the Colorado Bar Association and the Colorado Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.
His article in the RUTGERS JOURNAL OF LAW AND RELIGION traced the development of doctrines within religious communities as well as constitutional democracies beyond the original understandings, particularly as it involved the role of women. In March 2011, Terry gave a presentation on “Feminism and Faith: A Conversation about Changing the Culture” at a Fulbright sponsored conference at University College Dublin in Ireland, “Creating Change: Feminism, University and Society.” He has written on constitutional interpretative methodology, particularly around Colorado’s initiative-imposed constitutional provision strictly limiting government taxation and expenditure operations (“TABOR”).
Terry and his wife, Alice, have lived in the same home in Denver’s Park Hill Community for over forty years. They have three children, all of whom live on Denver’s eastside. Every Wednesday, Alice and he take care of their seven grandchildren, Allison, Jake, Meghan, Diego, Ava, Will and Rosie. Let’s just say that it’s not a good time to call him.
Representative Civil Cases
- National plaintiff class action enjoining federal government employment testing practice and providing damages for persons who were subjected to test (Yarbrough, et al. v. U.S. Dept. of Personnel)
- Representation of public agencies, public officials and public employees in termination of high profile, senior professional employees
- Jury trial defense of interstate banks against lender liability claims
- Jury trial prosecution of federal and state anti-trust claims
- Federal court §1983 cases, including Auguste v. Alderen, et al. involving suit against California and Larimer County law enforcement officials’ illegal search of residence under the color of a search warrant
Representative Family Law Cases
- Representation of foreign nationals and U. S. citizens under International Treaty prohibiting removal of children from home nation
- Prosecution and defense of separate property claims under law of relevant states pursuant to choice-of-law principles
- Valuation of closely-held corporations and professional practices
- Marital agreement litigation
- Negotiation/litigation valuation of employee’s, partner’s and principal’s compensation packages, including stock, stock options, severance rights, bonuses, perquisites
- Negotiation/litigation valuation and division issues concerning art and literary property
- Child custody and financial issues
Representative Pro Bono and Public Interest Cases
- Representation of indigent client against multiple zoning violation claims; representation of indigent client prosecuting paternity, child support and custody issues
- Representation of plaintiffs in Glenn, et al. v. City and County of Denver, settlement of which involved governmental commitment to pursue building of Denver International Airport and closure of Stapleton International Airport
- Lass Moses Ramp & Cooper LLC (Denver, Colorado): Of Counsel, April 2018-present
- Lass Moses & Ramp LLC (Denver, Colorado): Of Counsel, August 2011-April 2018
- Kelly Garnsey Hubbell + Lass LLC (Denver, Colorado): Member, 1972-July, 2011
- Legal Aid Society of Metropolitan Denver: Staff Attorney/Managing Attorney, 1970-1972
- Legal Aid Society of Multnomah County, Portland, Oregon: Staff Attorney, 1968-1970
- Ford Foundation: South Bend, Indiana; South Bend Commission on Human Relations (Summer 1967)
- South Bend Legal Aid Society, South Bend, Indiana (Summer 1966)
Civic and Professional Activities
Colorado Supreme Court Grievance Committee: Member, 1985-1991; Vice Chair 1991
Colorado Bar Association Board of Governors: Board Member, 1984-1985
Colorado Bar Association Family Law Section: Chair, 1989-1990
American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers: Fellow; Colorado Chapter, President 2006
Listed in The Best Lawyers in America and Colorado Super Lawyers
Denver, Colorado, and American Bar Associations: Member
Canaanites, Catholics And The Constitution: Developing Church Doctrine, Secular Law and Women Priests, RUTGERS JOURNAL OF LAW AND RELIGION, Vol.7 (Fall 2005);
Colorado Dept. of Education, et al. v. Mesa County Board of County Comm’rs; Colorado Supreme Court Case No. 08SA216 (Substituted Amicus Curiae Brief of Colorado Center on Law and Policy; filed August 4, 2008).
Op-ed articles in Denver Business Journal (“TABOR Backers Don’t Care About Colorado” April 21, 2009 and “Keep Supreme Court Justices on the Bench,” October 29, 2010).