Jean Terry

LOUISVILLE OFFICE

500 W. Jefferson Street, Suite 1610
Louisville, KY 40202
Phone: (502) 244-4944
Fax: (502) 244-4744

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Jean M. Terry is a Partner in the Louisville office of Manion Stigger, LLP. Ms. Terry began working in the construction industry over twenty years ago, serving as an intern for a crane manufacturer in her native South Carolina. After earning her Bachelor of Engineering from Vanderbilt University, Jean worked as a civil engineer on numerous projects throughout the public and private sectors for a multinational design and construction firm. Ms. Terry contributed to the Erosion Prevention and Sediment Control chapter of the Tennessee Department of Transportation’s Drainage Manual and is certified in the Fundamentals of Erosion Prevention and Sediment Control by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation.

Ms. Terry’s work as a civil engineer, combined with her practice in construction law and civil litigation, have provided her with invaluable experience in the management and design aspects of large scale construction, as well as the legal issues that affect these projects. Ms. Terry draws upon this experience and her passion for the industry to zealously represent contractors, suppliers, and other building professionals in all phases of project construction, from contract formation through arbitration and litigation.

Professional Experience

  • Successfully defended contract in lien collection suit against payment bond surety before the Kentucky Court of Appeals, obtaining principal amount owed as well as interest on outstanding sums at contractual rate;
  • Represented numerous general contractors and subcontractors in various collection disputes including arbitrations and traditional litigations;
  • Successfully represented material supplier in collection dispute against developer where developer had misappropriated construction loan proceeds in violation of state statutes;
  • Successfully represented subcontractor against large regional utility in differing site conditions claim;
  • Prosecuted general contractor’s collection claim in arbitration, achieving award of principal damages and full denial of owner’s consequential damages claims based on contractual waiver and the economic loss doctrine.
  • Represented structural steel fabricators in arbitrations throughout the United States to collect unpaid base contract sums and outstanding change order claims, including claims for increased complexity, design changes, and inadequate site conditions.
Construction Claims
Construction Claims
Collections
Construction Contracts/Subcontracts
Civil Litigation
Risk Management
Vanderbilt University, B.E. Civil Engineering (2004)
The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law,J.D., cum laude (2008)
Supreme Court of Kentucky
Supreme Court of Indiana
United States District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky
United States District Court, Western District of Kentucky
United States Bankruptcy Court, Eastern District of Kentucky
United States Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Kentucky
United States District Court, Northern District of Indiana
United States District Court, Southern District of Indiana
United States Bankruptcy Court, Northern District of Indiana
United States Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Indiana

  • Diversity Fellow, American Bar Association Forum on Construction Law
  • 20 People to Know in Law, Louisville Business First, August 2019
  • Kentucky Super Lawyers®, Rising Star (2019)
  • Associated General Contractors of America – Environmental Steering Committee
  • Board of Directors, Associated Builders & Contractors, Inc. – Indiana/Kentucky
  • American Bar Association, Forum on the Construction Industry – Division Nine (Subcontractors and Suppliers) Steering Committee
  • Contributing Editor, Under Construction
  • Fellow, Construction Lawyers Society of America
  • American Society of Civil Engineers
  • Kentucky Society of Professional Engineers
  • Level I Certified, Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation, Erosion Prevention and Sediment Control
  • Giles Sutherland Inn of Court