Terry received his J.D. from St. John's University School of Law, he received his B.A. from St. Francis College in Political Science, and he received his LL.M. from New York University School of Law in Labor Law. Immediately prior to joining NYU in 1980, Terry was Assistant to the Director of Labor Relations of PepsiCo, Inc. Previously, he was a litigation attorney with the Office of General Counsel of the New York City Transit Authority.
Terry is a member of a number of professional organizations, including: the New York State Bar Association and its Section on Labor and Employment Law, of which he is a charter member, the Association of Corporate Counsel and the National Association of College and University Attorneys (he is a past Co-Chair of its Section on Litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution). Terry is a certified mediator for the Alternative Dispute Resolution programs of the United States District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and is a member of the Panel of Arbitrators for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority. He is an adjunct faculty member of the NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human Development, teaching the graduate course Higher Education and the Law and is a frequent speaker on labor and employment issues before higher education organizations.