Terry M. Kessinger
Terry Kessinger moved to Danville in 1971 after completing his active duty service in the Navy. He wanted to pursue a career that would allow him to honor those things that are important to him: His family, the people and community he loves, criminal justice and defending the rights of individuals.
After graduating from Indiana University McKinney School of Law, Mr. Kessinger began building extensive experience in criminal law. His grasp of criminal law comes from both a prosecutor’s perspective, having served 12 years as the Chief Deputy Prosecutor in Hendricks County, followed by over 30 years of criminal defense work.
Mr. Kessinger says he finds criminal law interesting because of the interaction with people. He strongly supports the importance of the justice system in our country and the necessity to protect the rights of all individuals. He said: “I get a great deal of satisfaction from helping people who are in trouble and making sure that they receive sound legal advice.
Since 1982, Mr. Kessinger has practiced in the firm now known as Kendall, Wood, Lowry and Kessinger. The values of the firm have remained consistent through the years. All of the attorneys in the practice are personally and professional aligned in believing that proper, ethical legal representation should remain the main priority. To maintain his high standards of practice, Mr. Kessinger is a long-time member of the Hendricks County Bar Association and the Indiana State Bar Association.
The same dedication to proper representation extends to other areas of the law Mr. Kessinger practices including estate and probate matters. Mr. Kessinger also represents the Danville Community School Corporation and is local counsel for bond issues for the North West Hendricks School Corporation. In every case, Mr. Kessinger bases his service and stakes his reputation on treating clients with respect and fairness. There is always direct contact and interaction between attorney and client.
The importance of sharing his expertise of the law extends beyond his office door into the community. Mr. Kessinger serves on the Board of Directors of Sycamore Services now in the position as Board President. He also is a member of the Danville Rotary Club, the Danville Optimist Club and the Hendricks County Arts Council.
Terry and his wife, Betty Ann, celebrated their golden wedding anniversary in 2020. Their two daughters grew up in Danville and followed in their parents’ footsteps. Carrie chose her mother’s career of teaching and Kimberly is an attorney like her father.
Mr. Kessinger has never wavered in his dedication to and passion for the law. Justice is important to him because it is justice for all people. “Assisting people in need” Kessinger said, “is a fulfilling and interesting way to make a living.” More than just personal satisfaction, he labors to leave a legacy of honesty by representing people properly and professionally. He wants Hendricks County, his home, to always be an excellent place to live.
“We treat our clients with respect and make every effort to see that they receive the most effective representation possible.”