How Terry Duncan Began Practicing Bankruptcy Law

Many times people have asked me why I have chosen bankruptcy as one of the fields of law to practice.

I have to be honest with you, when I started law school in Texas I didn’t know the slightest thing about bankruptcy. I started law school with the intention of having a trial litigation practice. For a short while in law school I worked for a trial litigation group owned by attorney Gary Dobbs and psychologist Phil McGraw. That’s right, Dr. Phil, of TV fame. Both were very nice guys. I soon learned the cold hard facts that there were many months of trial preparation for just a few days of actual trial. I had watched many different TV shows in which every week the attorney had a new exciting trial to battle for justice for his client. I soon realized in reality most trial attorneys only have an actual trial only several times each year. Most of their time was spent on technical matters and the discovery process of the trial.

As my law school studies progressed I wanted more daily interaction with real people. One day I was checking what law classes were available for the next semester. It turned out there was a bankruptcy course scheduled exactly between two other courses I was taking. I thought I would take the course and learn the basics of bankruptcy. As I was taking the course and learning about Chapter 7 bankruptcy and Chapter 13 bankruptcy laws I began to enjoy the class.

When I graduated law school and moved to Charlotte, North Carolina to eventually open my own law practice, I listed bankruptcy as one of my fields of practice. At that time, I believed bankruptcy would only be a small percentage of my law practice. However, as time progressed so did the bankruptcy practice. I would represent one client and they would refer me to their friends, co-workers, and family. Eventually the majority of my law practice was Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy. Unlike some corporate law attorneys that usually see one client every week, I would see many different clients each day. Each client would have their own unique story of their road to their current situation. It was a great personal pleasure for me to help the client and relieve the enormous financial pressure the client was under.

In conclusion, this is how I became involved in the bankruptcy law practice. I still do nursing home abuse, medical malpractice, and workers’ compensation, but the majority of my business is helping people with Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy.

I hope that if you are looking for a bankruptcy lawyer you will contact us.  I work in our Charlotte, NC bankruptcy office but my son and daughter-in-law work in our Greensboro , NC bankruptcy law firm.  We hope to earn your business.