Torline, Terry J.

  Wichita, Kansas, USA
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Terry Torline grew up on a farm in western Kansas, where he learned the value of hard work, independent thought, and team effort. As an Eagle Scout, Terry embraces the 12 principles of the Scout law, including trustworthiness, loyalty, and helpfulness. Today, Terry applies those principles to a robust insurance defense practice, representing clients against a variety of claims, including nursing home negligence, employment discrimination, products liability, and workers compensation. Terry also has an active practice representing children and adults injured by vaccinations under the National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program (NVICP), and he represents plaintiffs in personal injury litigation as well.


  • Washburn University School of Law, J.D., 1987
  • Benedictine College, B.A., 1983 

Bar Admissions

  • Kansas, 1987

Professional Affiliations

  • American, Kansas, and Wichita Bar Associations, Member
  • Wichita Bar Association, Medical Legal Committee, Chairman (1997-2000)
  • The Kansas Association of Defense Counsel, Member

Civic/Social Involvement

  • Benedictine College Alumni Association, Board Member

Practice Area

Nursing Home Defense

Over the years, Terry has represented nursing homes against various allegations of malpractice.  Nursing homes are governed by extensive federal and state regulations. Terry has litigation experience involving these regulations and in litigating the issue of whether the regulations themselves create private causes of action on behalf of nursing home residents seeking monetary recovery. Terry is also familiar with defending against other claims nursing homes often face, including negligence, breach of contract, Kansas Consumer Protect Act (KCPA), and breach of fiduciary duties. 

Employment Discrimination Defense

Terry has represented numerous employers who are charged with discrimination against current and former employees. He has successfully resolved complaints ranging from age, race, and gender discrimination to allegations that employers failed to provide reasonable accommodation to disabled employees. In addition, Terry has experience defending employers against allegations that they retaliated against “whistleblowers,” both before regulatory bodies and in civil lawsuits.

Products Liability Defense        

Terry’s experience affords him an uncommon perspective on many of the issues that arise in products liability defense. Terry has represented clients in design defect and manufacturing defect cases in state and federal courts.

Workers Compensation Defense

Best known for his expertise in workers compensation, Terry is well versed in the issues that arise in that arena. He has represented numerous employers before the Kansas Workers Compensation Appeals Board and before Kansas trial and appellate courts. He is intimately familiar with the Kansas workers compensation statutes and knows how to assess the value of a claimant’s alleged injuries. Terry’s clients include employers in the trucking, construction, and manufacturing industries.  

National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program and Plaintiffs’ Personal Injury Work

Terry’s experience in products liability defense and workers compensation defense provides valuable insight for his representation of injured plaintiffs. Because he understands how to defend a personal injury case, Terry also knows how to prosecute one. He knows what documents, witnesses, and information to seek out to prepare the case. He has a good feel for what a claim is worth, either for settlement purposes or for trial. Likewise, he understands how to present a case in a strong light. Terry has successfully resolved numerous NVICP and personal injury cases over the past decade.