Terry Giles was born in St. Louis, Missouri. He received his B.A. from California State University at Fullerton and his J.D. from Pepperdine University School of Law, where there is now a Terry M. Giles Honor Scholar. He established one of the largest and most successful criminal law firms on the West Coast, only to withdraw from the firm in 1983, disillusioned with the criminal legal system. Giles has received the Medal of Honor Alumni Award from Pepperdine University, Alumnus of the Year from Pepperdine University School of Law, the Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans Award, and the Distinguished Alumnus Award of California State University of Fullerton. He further serves as an adjunct professor of law at Pepperdine University School of Law. Dr. Benjamin S. Carson, Sr., M.D., became the chief of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital in 1984 at the age of 33, making him the youngest major division director in the hospital's history. He has written and published nine books, four of which were co-authored with Candy, his wife of 40 years. Dr. Carson was the recipient of the 2006 Spingarn Medal. In June 2008, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. U.S. News Media Group and Harvard's Center for Public Leadership recognized Dr. Carson as one of America's Best Leaders in 2008. In 2014, the Gallup Organization, in their annual survey, named Dr. Carson as one of the 10 Most Admired Men in the World. Dr. Carson and his wife are co-founders of the Carson Scholars Fund, which recognizes young people of all backgrounds for exceptional academic and humanitarian accomplishments. In addition, Dr. Carson is now the Honorary National Chairman of the My Faith Votes campaign and continues to work tirelessly for the cause of the American people.
Praise for The Fifteen Percent: Terry Giles's life has been a remarkable adventure of runaway success, good conscience, rare compassion and generous contribution. The Fifteen Percent is a tour de force that encapsulates a lifetime of wisdom and service that exemplifies what it is to truly live the American Dream. Contained in these pages is a surefire recipe for outlandish success-I know; because I have been blessed to count Terry among my closest mentors and friends for over thirty years. I followed his example in both business and in life, and benefited immensely from doing so. - Armstrong Williams, broadcast entrepreneur and syndicated columnist Starting from the bottom, Terry Giles rose to become one of the most successful criminal defense lawyers in Southern California. He litigated important cases with creativity, compassion, and skill. He then had a second career as a successful entrepreneur. Giles tells not only his own remarkable story, but also the stories of others who have overcome unspeakable adversity, with insight, humor, and honesty. An inspiring read. -Alan Dershowitz, Professor Emeritus, Harvard Law School and New York Times Bestselling Author Praise for Terry Giles: The man behind the scenes who litigated - and sometimes mitigated - some of the most sensationally nasty celebrity and political dramas of the last several decades. -The Texas Tribune I can tell you in my experience, Terry handles and manages very difficult situations in extraordinary manners that achieve results that I'm not sure others could achieve. -John D. Steel, Partner at Steel & Moss in Atlanta We are extremely fortunate to have him working alongside us in this endeavor to move America in the right direction. -Dr. Ben Carson A self-made man -The Horatio Alger Award committee A lawyer with a conscience. -Oakland Newspaper He's fiercely loyal, very imaginative. -Armstrong Williams, Political Commentator, Entrepreneur, Columnist, TV host of the Armstrong Williams Show