Terence W. Thompson


Terry’s practice emphasizes corporate business acquisitions and financings and public-private projects, including strategic joint ventures, water/wastewater infrastructure development, sports facility financing and physician-hospital contracts. Terry was recognized as a 2018 Southwest Super Lawyer, and since 2011 has been consecutively recognized as a Best Lawyer by Best Lawyers of America.  Most recently, he was awarded the “ 2019 Corporate Law Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers.

Having chaired the multi-year State Bar committee project that oversaw the revision of Arizona’s corporate statutes including the nonprofit corporation code, Mr. Thompson’s practice also includes advising businesses as to various aspects of corporate governance and operation, as well as representing nonprofit organizations, including healthcare-related organizations, country clubs, and civic and community organizations.

Representative Experience

  • Representing a major highway and general construction company in the acquisition of a Southwest construction company.
  • Serving as lead counsel in the sale of a privately-held technology company to a multinational company.
  • Advising with respect to reorganization of a multi-disciplinary physician practice and its related hospital and healthcare organizations.
  • Negotiating agreements for construction and operation of regional and community water and wastewater transportation, treatment and distribution facilities.
  • Representing the Arizona Cardinals National Football League team in financing for the University of Phoenix Stadium.
  • Representing the Arizona Diamondbacks Major League Baseball team in financing for Chase Field.
  • Representing large, multi-office physician practices in the negotiation of agreements with hospitals, payors, vendors and others.

Bar & Court Admissions

  • Arizona, 1977
  • U.S. Tax Court, 1979

Associations & Memberships

  • State Bar of Arizona, Member
  • State Bar of Arizona, Business Law Section, Past Chair
  • State of Arizona, Business Law Section Executive Council, Member
  • State Bar of Arizona, Securities Regulation Section, Past Chair
  • American Bar Association, Section of Business Law Committee on Corporate Laws, Arizona Liaison
  • State Bar of Arizona, Mergers & Conversions Committee, Co-Chair
  • State Bar of Arizona, Corporate Code Revision Committee, Past Chair
  • State Bar of Arizona, Nonprofit Corporations Act Revision Committee, Past Chair
  • State Bar of Arizona, Model Legal Opinion Project, Business Law Section, Member
  • National Association of Bond Lawyers, Member
  • American Health Lawyers Association, Member
  • Arizona Association of Health Care Lawyers, Member
  • Maricopa County Bar Association, Standards and Practices Committee, Past Member
  • Selden Society, Member
  • Greater Phoenix Black Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors, Past Member
  • Phoenix Bach Choir, Board of Directors, Past Member
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Phoenix, Executive Council, Past Member
  • Great Western Bank & Trust, Advisory Board, Past Member

Honors & Awards

  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating, Martindale-Hubbell
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Corporate Law, 2011-2020; Mergers & Acquisitions Law, 2016-2020
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Phoenix Corporate Law Lawyer of the Year, 2019
  • Southwest Super Lawyers®, Mergers & Acquisitions, 2008, 2011-2019
  • Chambers USA®, 2013-2019
  • Arizona's Finest Lawyers, 2011
  • "Best of the Bar", The Business Journal
  • "Who's Who in America", Marquis Who's Who
  • "Who's Who in American Law", Marquis Who's Who
  • "Who's Who in Finance and Business", Marquis Who's Who
  • "Who's Who in the West", Marquis Who's Who
  • Who's Who in the World", Marquis Who's Who
  • Az Business Magazine, Arizona's Top Lawyers - Mergers and Acquisitions, 2014
  • Az Business Magazine, Arizona's Top Lawyers - Business/Corporate Law, 2013
  • Hornbook Award, Harvard University, 1975
  • Phi Beta Kappa, University of Arizona, 1974

Published Works

Press Releases

Speaking Engagements

Terry lectures locally and nationally on corporate transactions and professional responsibility and ethics before professional and trade organizations.