KAREN E. TERRY is a shareholder at Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley PA in West Palm Beach, and has been with the firm for more than 19 years. She received the highest honor awarded by the Daily Business Review as the “Most Effective Lawyer” in the State of Florida for products liability, along with Chris Searcy. For the last 5 years in a row, she has been named as one of The Best Lawyers in America. Recently honored as one of the top rated lawyers in health care in the United States, Ms. Terry also was selected as one of the top 100 lawyers in the country. Recently, Ms. Terry was selected in the Top 50 Women Attorneys in Florida.
Ms. Terry has tried many big cases, but in August 2007, she received a jury verdict of over 25 million dollars in Polk County, Florida against Walgreens for misfilling a prescription. She also recently received a jury verdict over 12 million in Palm Beach County, Florida, in 2013. Ms. Terry also has been selected as one of the top five litigators by Florida Trend Magazine and the South Florida Legal Guide. For the past 18 years, she has been a member of the Florida Justice Association and the Palm Beach County Justice Association, and has been active in her community.
Before joining Searcy Denney, Ms. Terry clerked for former Chief Judge Walter Colbath of the 15th Judicial Circuit. A native of South Florida, she graduated cum laude from Duke University in three years, and earned a master’s degree from the University of Florida. She graduated with honors from the University of Florida College of Law, where she focused on First Amendment and telecommunications law.
Hippely v Walgreens — Case was tried to verdict in 2007. Jury awarded 25.8 million plus taxable costs. Case went on appeal and appellate court affirmed jury''s holding on 2/26/10. Walgreens owes over $33 million dollars.