Terry R. Weiss


  • Terry R. Weiss
  • Phone: +1 404 253 6909

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  • Duane Morris LLP
    1075 Peachtree Street NE, Suite 1700
    Atlanta, GA 30309-3929

Terry R. Weiss focuses his practice on representing the securities industry in the full range of legal disputes, leveraging his nearly 35 years of practical experience representing broker-dealers, investment advisors, prime brokers and securities industry professionals in regulatory and enforcement matters, civil litigation and arbitrations and internal investigations.

Mr. Weiss has served as lead counsel in over 100 arbitrations through award, and has actively supervised the handling of hundreds others. He also has extensive experience in appellate matters, especially in cases impacting the securities industry. Mr. Weiss has argued appeals before most of the federal circuit courts of appeal and a number of state courts, resulting in favorable decisions for the securities industry. An important part of his practice includes the defense of enforcement matters before the various securities industry regulators, including the SEC, FINRA and the various states. Mr.Weiss is also called upon to lead internal investigations that are often linked to enforcement matters or litigations.

Mr. Weiss is a 1986 graduate of Emory School of Law and a graduate, with high honors, of Emory University.

Areas of Practice

  • Securities Litigation

  • Consumer and Commercial Finance

  • Appellate


  • Georgia
  • Supreme Court of Georgia
  • Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
  • U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • Supreme Court of the United States


  • Emory University School of Law, J.D., 1986
  • Emory University, B.A., with high honors, 1983


  • Duane Morris LLP
    - Partner, 2023-present
  • Maynard Nexsen
    - Shareholder, 2021-2023
  • DLA Piper
    - Partner, 2019-2021
  • Greenberg Traurig- Shareholder, 2009-2019
  • Sutherland Asbil & Brennan LLP
    - Partner, 2001-2009

Professional Activities

  • American Bar Association
    - Co-Chair, Broker-Dealer Litigation Committee, 2010-2011
    - Editor, Broker-Dealer Litigation Survey, 2008-2014
  • Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA)

  • Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA)
    - Outside Counsel Member

Honors and Awards

  • Listed in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business, 2012-2018

  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America, 2021-present

  • Listed in Georgia Super Lawyers

  • Listed in The Legal 500, 20123-2017

  • Team Member, The American Lawyer's "Regional Litigation Department of the Year - Georgia," 2018

  • Listed in Georgia Trend magazine "Legal Elite," 2009-2013 and 2015

  • Team Member, Fulton County Daily Report, "Georgia Litigation Department of the Year," Securities Litigation, 2013

  • Team Member, Law360 "Employment Practice Group of the Year," 2011 and 2013

  • Team Member, Law360 "Appellate Practice Group of the Year," 2010

  • AV Preeminent® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell®

Civic and Charitable Activities

    - Board of Directors, 2015-present
  • High Museum of Art
    - Former Board Member and Director’s Circle

Representative Matters

  • Secured a major victory for Raymond James before a FINRA arbitration panel. The case was in hearing for 2.5 years and was brought by 146 Latin American investors; approximately 100 witness testified, including Raymond James’ CEO, and around 14,000 trial exhibits were admitted. More than 1 million documents were produced in the case and most of the testimony and exhibits required Spanish translation. Out-of-pocket damages alleged were $34 million and the other side was seeking an all-in recovery of over $100 million. FINRA has reported that it is the longest running hearing in the organization’s history. Ultimately, the panel adopted Terry and Stefanie’s closing argument and produced a defense verdict, also ordering the claimants to pay the majority of the forum fees.

Selected Speaking Engagements

  • Co-host, “Handling Arbitrations Virtually," Webinar, June 15, 2020

  • Panelist, "Arbitration: Issues and Strategies," Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association Annual Seminar, March 2017


  • Panelist, "Recent Regulatory Developments and Related Ethical Considerations for In-House Counsel," February 2017

  • Panelist, "Ethics for Lawyers Serving Financial Services Companies," Compliance and Legal Society Charlotte Regional Seminar, September 2016

  • Speaker, "Arbitration: Practical Considerations," Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association Event, March 2014

  • "Handling Arbitrations Virtually," CLE, June 2010