Terry Snell is a Senior International Government Relations Advisor in King & Spalding’s Government Advocacy practice . Terry advises clients on activities related to foreign countries, relations with foreign governments, and advocacy within the foreign affairs community in Washington. 

Terry has returned to King & Spalding after serving for six years as the national security and foreign policy advisor to Senator Dan Coats. Earlier, he was a professional diplomat for more than 30 years. As a Foreign Service Officer in the Department of State, he held a number of senior positions in Washington and at American embassies abroad. He served as Deputy Chief of Mission and chargé d'affaires in Athens and Berlin, held three senior office director positions in the Department of State, and was the political advisor to the U.S. European Command. Terry has broad professional experience and valuable contacts on four continents and throughout the U.S. Government.

Terry has deep experience in international trade and energy issues in Africa, Europe, and Eurasia. As the senior manager of large embassies, he emphasized the commercial advocacy and trade promotion functions of diplomatic missions. He has dealt frequently with the Department of Defense at very senior levels and also with defense systems manufacturers and the State Department's export control executives. He has advocated successfully for the sale of military aircraft and missile systems to foreign countries. Terry has also negotiated with foreign governments on a variety of issues including significant real estate and construction projects. He played a key role leading to the construction of a new American Embassy in Berlin.   Terry also brings long experience in consular matters, including immigration law and procedures, visa regulations, foreign adoption issues, travel and border controls, U.S. passport services, and State Department responsibilities for the welfare of American citizens abroad.

Terry graduated from the University of Washington and is a Distinguished Graduate of the National War College. His awards include three Superior Honor Awards from the Department of State, a global award from the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency, and the Distinguished Civilian Service Award from the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Awards & Recognition

  • Distinguished Civilian Service Award

  • Superior Honor Award from the Department of State (three awards)

  • Global Award from the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency
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B.A., University of Washington-Seattle Campus


B.A., University of Washington-Seattle Campus