Stephen M. Terrell

- Retired Attorney, Writer, and Small Business Owner

Recognized by his peers as one of Indiana's most outstanding lawyers, Stephen Terrell has more than 30 years experience practicing law.

In 2015, Indiana Lawyer, a statewide legal publication, named Stephen an Indiana Distinguished Barrister. This honor is accorded to only a handful of Indiana lawyers. He was selected by his peers to the Indiana State Bar Association’s General Practice Hall of Fame in 2007, and also received that organization's Presidential Citation in 2002.

Stephen received his law degree, summa cum laude, from Indiana University's McKinney School of Law, where he was a member of the Board of Editors of the Indiana Law Review. Before beginning practice, he clerked for Chief Judge Paul H. Buchanan, Jr. of the Indiana Court of Appeals. He is a graduate of Ball State University and Muncie Central High School, which awarded him its Distinguished Alumni Award in 2014.

Also a writer, Stephen is the author of three books as well as numerous articles for for various professional journals. He is a frequent speaker to other lawyers at seminars and legal conferences.

Stephen is an avid motorcyclist, photographer, and amateur chef. He loves music but can't sing a lick.

At the end of 2019, Stephen decided to not take on new clients so he can focus on family and other passions.


- The accomplishments of Stephen M. Terrell have been recognized.

Distinguished Barrister Award

Presented annually by the Indiana Lawyer, a statewide legal publication, this award is given to a select few lawyers for their exemplary standard in practicing law, as well as their contributions to the profession and their community.

GP Hall of Fame

Awarded by the Indiana State Bar Association's General Practice Session, this award recognizes top Indiana small firm lawyers for their service to their clients, the legal profession and their community. Stephen received this award in 2007.

ISBA Presidential Citation

This award is given at the discretion of the President of the Indiana State Bar Association. Stephen received this recognition in 2002 for outstanding contributions and starting the Indiana Solo and Small Firm Conference.

Founders Award

Awarded by Indiana State Bar Association recognizing Stephen Terrell's role as founder of the Indiana Solo and Small Firm Conference. The nationally-recognized conference covering the latest law developments in the practice of law.

Paul G. Fox Award

Awarded by the Decatur Township Democratic Club in recognition of Stephen's service to the Decatur Township community on the southwest side of Indianapolis.

Distinguished Alumni Award

A proud Bearcat from Muncie Central High School, Stephen was selected from among the tens of thousands of graduates of that school to receive its 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award.

2011 MWW Fellow

Stephen was selected as a Fellow of the Midwest Writers Workshop in 2011. Stephen was selected from more than 100 applicants for this recognition, which included participating in the Midwest Writers Workshop Retreat.

MWW Manny Award

The Manny Award for Short Fiction was presented to Stephen at the 2011 Midwest Writers Workshop, which draws hundreds of writers from around the nation to Ball State University each summer. Stephen received the top short fiction award for his short story "Visiting Hours."