Terry specializes in criminal law and has extensive experience in all aspects of criminal defense.

For over 34 years, Terry has practiced law as a full-time criminal defense attorney. He has taken well over 100 jury trials to verdict, and helped thousands of clients cope with criminal charges. His successful representation of his clients has earned him the respect of state and local police officers, district justices, Common Pleas judges and prosecutors. Terry's knack for opening doors helps him negotiate fair solutions to his clients' legal problems. And because law enforcement personnel know he has the ability to take them to the mat on a tough case, they are usually willing to discuss a case's issues with him.

Mr. McGowan's recent trials have centered on the defense of companies and individuals accused of white collar crimes and complex Federal criminal actions. He has litigated several complicated cases on behalf of clients accused of failing to collect and pay state sales taxes. He has also helped students and teachers fight charges related to their conduct on and off school grounds. Mr. McGowan actively maintains his membership in the Pennsylvania and National Associations of Criminal Defense Attorneys.

Areas of Practice

  • State and Federal Criminal Law
  • Professional Licensing
  • Protections from Abuse
  • Child Abuse Expungement

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania

Court Admissions

  • United States Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • Supreme Court of the United States


  • The Dickinson School of Law, Carlisle, Pennsylvania – 1983
  • West Virginia University – 1980