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

For over 35 years, Terry has practiced law as a full-time criminal defense attorney. He has taken well over 100 Jury Trials to verdict, and has helped thousands of clients cope with criminal charges. He has successfully represented so many clients that he has earned the respect of an impressive number of Magisterial District Judges, State and local police officers and prosecutors. Terry’s ability for opening doors helps him negotiate fair solutions to his clients’ legal problems, and he is able to negotiate issues relating to a case. This often results in favorable results for his clients.

Mr. McGowan’s recent Trials have centered on both the defense of businesses and individuals accused of white collar crimes, as well as “street crimes”. Terry has litigated complicated cases on behalf of clients accused of failing to collect and pay State taxes, and also represents many professionals such as nurses, doctors, pharmacists, veterinarians and attorneys in licensing matters when their criminal charges jeopardize their professional licenses.

Mr. McGowan has also helped students and teachers fight charges related to their conduct on and off school grounds. Terry also represents teachers and other individuals through his representation of PSEA who have been labeled as “Indicated” for findings of abuse before the Department of Human Services (formerly DPW), and has an impressive record of success at these and other Agency Hearings.

Mr. McGowan actively maintains his membership in both the Pennsylvania and National Associations of Criminal Defense Attorneys. Terry’s main areas of practice are criminal defense (which includes in part, DUI’s, drug cases, theft, assault, disorderly conduct, protection from abuse etc.), professional license litigation, Grand Jury investigations, student conduct infractions and ChildLine matters before the Department of Human Services.

Mr. McGowan also represents individuals before the PA Board of Pardons who have rehabilitated themselves and want to request a Pardon to have their criminal records removed from public record.

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania- 1983

Court Admissions

  • U. S. District Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania
  • U. S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Education

  • Bedford Area High School
  • The Dickinson School of Law, Carlisle, PA -JD
  • West Virginia University – BA