Terry Garmey has met the stringent membership requirements of the Inner Circle of Advocates. Founded in 1972, The Inner Circle of Advocates is an invitation-only group, limited to 100 lawyers of excellent character and integrity, representing people throughout the United States. To qualify, members must have tried at least 50 personal injury jury trials and won at least three verdicts in excess of $1 million or one verdict in excess of $3 million.
The organization was founded by attorney Richard Grand of Tucson, Arizona. In describing its purpose, Grand has said that, “My goal was an organization of highly experienced plaintiffs attorneys who were willing to share information about experts, techniques and whatever it took to be a great trial lawyer.”
More info about the group is available at www.innercircle.org. Garmey said he likes the focus on plaintiffs’ rights that the organization champions.
“It is important that average people have the keys to the courthouse,” Garmey said. “This is a group of hard working, bright attorneys who regularly exchange ideas about leveling the playing field . I am honored that they asked me to submit an application and humbled that they choose me as the first member from Maine.” Garmey addressed the group at its annual meeting in Philadelphia. He described the case of Tucker Smith who was eight years old at the time of his death at the hands of an OTIS elevator in Bethel Maine.
“I wanted the members to understand why I keep a picture of Tucker in my office,” Garmey said, “not because the case settled for three million dollars, but because it resulted in the repair of more than four thousand elevator doors across the country, free of charge.”