John M. "Jack" Terry

Jack Terry concentrates his practice on insurance disputes, other contract disputes, environmental litigation and enforcement defense. Jack represents both large and small corporate clients in the management of legacy environment liabilities and the defense claims under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA) and other state and federal environmental laws. He counsels clients on an array of environmental issues, such as hazardous waste management, CERCLA, the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), the Clean Air Act (CAA), federal regulations administered by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA), toxic tort litigation and site remediation.

Jack has helped secure millions of dollars in judgments and settlements enforcing insurance coverage for clients and seeking recovery for environmental investigation and remediation expenditures. His experience includes allegations arising from contamination due to PCBs, dioxin, methanol, lead and heavy metals, among other hazardous substances. Clients rely on Jack to negotiate directly with government agencies pursuing enforcement actions and to develop strategies to avoid future enforcement. 

Representative Matters

  • Represented a group of corporate clients as a member of the litigation team that obtained summary judgment against the United States in a case where the court agreed that the sales of used transformers for purposes of resale were not arrangements for the disposal of hazardous substances under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (CERCLA). United States v. B&D Electric Inc., et al. No. 1:05-cv-00063-CDP, 2007 WL 1395468 (E.D. Mo. 2007)
  • Counseled large-scale marine engine manufacturer in enforcement action brought by the United States in U.S. District Court, District of Columbia, for alleged violations of Title II of the Clean Air Act arising out of the installation of engines in U.S. Navy combat support vessels.
  • Represented large corporate clients, including Fortune 1000 client, in declaratory judgment actions on insurance policies potentially applicable to claims related to the remediation of environmental contamination in and around St. Clair County, Illinois.
  • Advised Fortune 1000 chemical manufacturing client regarding compliance obligations and potential liabilities under federal pipeline regulations administered by the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) related to the sale of client’s pipeline.
  • Represented a global, integrated producer of specialty chemical products from investigation through trial as plaintiff pursuing a novel theory of CERCLA arranger liability stemming from damage to client's pipeline caused by a construction company more than 30 years earlier.
  • Counseled Fortune 500 and Fortune 1000 clients as plaintiffs in high-profile cost-recovery action regarding contamination in Anniston, Alabama. Part of the litigation team that defended the same clients from mass toxic tort claims arising from the alleged contamination, with favorable results.
  • Represented Fortune 500 and Fortune 1000 clients in the management of legacy environmental liabilities, including responding to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other regulatory agency requests for information and negotiation of the scope of site remediation activities with other potentially responsible parties and government agencies.

Professional Affiliations

  • Illinois Bar Association
  • The Missouri Bar

Community Involvement

  • Gateway Greening, Board of Directors; Marketing Committee, Chair
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  • Denver

    1515 Wynkoop Street
    Suite 600
    Denver, CO 80202
F: 720.931.3201


Charlene Huffman

Court Memberships

  • Illinois
  • Missouri
  • Colorado


University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law, J.D., 2002

University of Missouri-Columbia, B.A., 1999