Rex M. Terry


P.O. Box 10127
Fort Smith, AR 72917-0127
P: 479-452-2200
F: 479-452-9097

For over 30 years, Mr. Terry's general practice has focused on commercial and oil and gas litigation, transactional matters, probate matters and the defense of complex litigation. Mr. Terry’s strength of character is recognized throughout the legal and business community, as represented by membership in the American College of Trial Lawyers and appointments to numerous civic organizations. Mr. Terry previously served as a Special Justice of the Arkansas Supreme Court. Today, in addition to his general practice, he enjoys a respected appellate practice based on his analytical approach to complex legal issues and a thorough knowledge of the law.

Representative Experience

Serving as trial counsel on complex oil and gas cases of legal significance;

Representation of insurance companies and self-insured companies in all phases of complex litigation;

Arguing numerous appeals in the Arkansas Supreme Court, Arkansas Court of Appeals and U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit; and

Trial counsel for Kansas City Southern Railway.


B.A., Ouachita Baptist University, 1973
J.D., University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, 1976

Public Service

Commissioner, Fort Smith Housing Authority, 2010- present
Member, Sebastian County Election Commission, 2001-2007
Special Justice, Arkansas Supreme Court, October 1996
Member, Board of Trustees, Ouachita Baptist University, 1987-1993
Member, City of Fort Smith Civil Service Commission, 1983-1992
Advisory Board, Sparks Regional Medical Center, 1982-1987
Board of Directors, Western Arkansas Counseling and Guidance Center, 1982-1987


Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
Super Lawyers, Mid-South (litigation)
Chair, Natural Resources Law Section, Arkansas Bar Association, 2006-2007
Editor-in-Chief, Arkansas Law Review

Admitted to Practice

Supreme Court of the United States
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Oklahoma


Arkansas Bar Association
Arkansas Bar Foundation
American Bar Association
Sebastian County Bar Association

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