Terry was commissioner of the US Federal Trade Commission (1983-90) and acting chairman during 1985 and 1986. From 1990 until 2002, he was a partner in the antitrust practice group of Pillsbury Winthrop. From 2002 until June 2005, he was a member of the board of the Irish Competition Authority and director of the criminal cartels division. He also held the mergers portfolio during 2003.
Following his graduation from the Cornell Law School, where he was articles editor of the Law Review, he practised with the Pillsbury firm. From 1974 to 1983, Terry was Professor of Law at Vanderbilt School of Law. More recently, he has taught antitrust law at Duke University School of Law (2000), the Harvard Law School (1998-2001), Trinity College, Dublin (2004-2005) and Cornell Law School (2006).
Terry is the author of a book and numerous articles and has lectured extensively on antitrust issues. He has served as chairman of several ABA antitrust section committees and on its governing council. He is also a member of the American Law Institute, the advisory board of the Antitrust Bulletin, and has been a member of the Administrative Conference of the United States.
While in private practice, Terry has worked on antitrust merger reviews in a large number of industries. He has participated in antitrust investigations (including major grand jury proceedings) in many industries by both federal and foreign authorities. He is actively engaged in the defence of private antitrust actions.
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