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Last updated: 7/25/2019
Mr. Terry W. Tolliver
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Brattain Minnix Garcia
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Terry W. Tolliver, Indianapolis, Eleventh District, is Of Counsel with Brattain Minnix Garcia. Previously, Terry served as Supervising Deputy Attorney General for the Office of the Indiana Attorney General. Terry also served as deputy consumer counselor at the Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor. He received his B.A. from Indiana University-Indianapolis in 1997, his J.D. from the I.U. Robert H. McKinney School of Law in 2000 and his M.B.A from I.U. Kelley School of Business in 2001.

Terry is a member of the Indianapolis, Indiana State and American bar associations, and the Indianapolis (Fellow) and Indiana (Patron Fellow) bar foundations. He is also active with the Center United Methodist Church and the Greater Indianapolis Area Emmaus Community.

He was born in Anderson, Ind., in 1974.

Professional enjoyment: I enjoy serving my fellow Hoosiers by helping them resolve their problems and, in some cases, obtain just restitution. Attorneys are in a profession where it is sometimes too easy to forget that those that seek our legal help have exhausted many of their options. It is both encouraging and fulfilling to know that as attorneys we can make a positive difference in the lives of many.

Your inspiration: At an early age, my family instilled in me the importance of servant leadership and giving back to the community. Growing up in Anderson, I observed many prominent members of the community who served in the legal profession. With my family’s overwhelming support and a strong desire to help others, I was the first in my family to go to college and earn a law degree.

Why bar association involvement: I joined the bar association while in law school for the networking opportunities. Once I began my career, however, I quickly learned how important it was to get to know other lawyers on a personal level. My practice takes me across the state, and oftentimes I appear in unfamiliar courtrooms and face lawyers I have never met before. Because of the bar association, this happens less frequently than in the past. Even if I do not know the judge or opposing counsel, I almost always know an attorney in that community that I can call upon for advice. Furthermore, membership in the bar association promotes civility. How can you ever be angry at opposing counsel when he or she is now your friend?

If not a lawyer: If I were not a lawyer, I would consider the ministry, so I could continue to help people resolve their issues. I would also love to purchase and run a bed & breakfast with my wife. While I am sure I would quickly learn that managing one is different than staying in one, at least I would still have bacon and pancakes every day.

Fav hobbies: I enjoy reading and spending time with my family. I also enjoy watching television and consider myself a movie buff. In the summer, I play on our church’s softball team, although if you ask the other players on the team, they will tell you I primarily play so I can use that as an excuse to get ice cream afterward.

Fav book or author and current reading: There are a number of books that I would recommend. In addition to the Bible, I often tell people to read Dave Ramsey’s "The Total Money Makeover" if you want to get out of debt and change your life. I am also an economist at heart, so I enjoyed "Freakonomics" by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner. Also, Thomas Stanley’s "The Millionaire Next Door" provides great insight into traits of successful people. For fiction readers, especially attorneys, anything by John Grisham or Brad Meltzer will provide that much-needed entertainment break.

Fav vacation spot: Our family loves to go to Walt Disney World, although after “Cars Land” opened at Disneyland, our 6-year-old boys are on the fence as to what’s the top theme park in the nation. This is just a great place to unwind and remember what it is like to see the world through the eyes of a child.

Fav food or restaurant: At the risk of upsetting my doctor, I have to say that I love ice cream. A warm cookie bottom sundae from Ghirardelli Soda Fountain & Chocolate Shop is one of my favorites, and how can you drive by Fair Oak Farms on the way up to Lake County or Chicago and not stop for a milkshake? One of the benefits of a statewide practice is the ability to try different restaurants. Many in my office know to seek me out before a hearing or trial for local restaurant recommendations. For something closer to home, I really like Cannoli Queen in Greenwood for Italian, Egg Roll No. 1 in Beech Grove, the Sizzling Wok near Lafayette Square for Vietnamese food and many of the food trucks that continue to pop up around Indianapolis.

Top of my bucket list: There are so many things that I would like to do before I die. While I have been to Epcot, I would still love to travel the world and experience the different cultures (and food choices). With that being said, once we had children, leaving a legacy became a much more important goal. One of my favorite movies is "It’s a Wonderful Life," and it shows the impact each one of us can have on the world. To that end, I would love to build an orphanage or a school in order to help those that might otherwise have been forgotten by society.
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