Jason J. Carter, Partner

Jason Carter represents clients in high stakes trial and appellate business litigation including breach of contract, class actions, business torts and other complex commercial cases. Representing Plaintiffs, Jason has secured some of the largest verdicts and settlements in Georgia history, including multiple recoveries in excess of $100 million. Representing Defendants, he has achieved numerous defense victories in highly complex cases.

Jason’s expertise in intellectual property includes litigating common law intellectual property, trademark, trade secret and patent disputes. Jason is also a leader in the firm’s corporate recoveries practice where he helps companies identify, evaluate and pursue revenue-generating opportunities through the legal department.

Over his career, Jason has often had the honor of representing his fellow lawyers and some of the most prestigious law firms in Georgia and elsewhere.

Jason combines a successful litigation practice with a strong commitment to public service. Among other activities, Jason chairs the Carter Center’s Board of Trustees. From 2010-2015 he served in the Georgia State Senate, and he was the 2014 Democratic Nominee for Governor of Georgia.

Jason has been named to Georgia Trend’s list of the 100 Most Influential Georgians, and has consistently been recognized as a Super Lawyer in Atlanta Magazine. Jason has received numerous other awards for his legal work and community service, including the Anti-Defamation League’s Stuart Eizenstat Award.

Representative Work

Served as Class Counsel in numerous class actions, including recent recoveries for his clients of more than $110 million (teacher retirement benefits in Gold v. Dekalb County School Board) and $80 million (life insurance beneficiaries in Owens v. MetLife).

Represented David McDavid in obtaining a $281 million jury verdict against Turner Broadcasting System (TBS) for breaching an agreement to sell McDavid the Atlanta Hawks, the Atlanta Thrashers and the operating rights to Philips Arena. The jury verdict is one of the largest compensatory damage awards in Georgia history.

Represented a global real estate investment company in successfully defending multi-million dollar claims brought by other investors in one of Atlanta’s highest profile real estate developments.

Successfully defended one of Atlanta’s largest law firms in a lawsuit seeking $20 million in damages. Plaintiffs recovered nothing and paid attorney’s fees.

Currently representing clients in multiple class actions seeking hundreds of millions of dollars involving terminated employment benefits and bank overdraft fees.

Represented a consortium of health insurers on appeal in the Eleventh Circuit, and secured the reversal of an adverse decision arising out of a complex antitrust class action.

Represented the National Football League Players Association in obtaining summary judgment on a $20 million claim allegedly arising out of the NFLPA’s Financial Advisors Program.

Professional Activities

Chairman, The Carter Center

Trustee, Georgia Bar Foundation

Founding Chair, Georgia Appleseed Young Professionals Council

Former Board Member, Women’s Resource Center to End Domestic Violence

Former Board Member, Hands On Atlanta

United States Peace Corps Volunteer, Lochiel, South Africa, 1998-2000

Honors and Awards

Georgia Super Lawyer, 2016 - 2024

Georgia Rising Star, 2007; 2009 - 2010; 2012 - 2015

Stuart Eizenstat Award, Anti-Defamation League

UGA Alumni Association “40 Under 40”

Atlanta Business Chronicle “40 Under 40”

“On The Rise,” Fulton County Daily Report, a recognition given to only 12 attorneys in Georgia under the age of 40, 2009


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1201 West Peachtree Street NW
Suite 3900
Atlanta, GA 30309


University of Georgia School of Law, J.D., 2004, summa cum laude

  • Order of the Coif
  • Articles Editor, Georgia Law Review
  • West Award for Academic Excellence

Duke University, B.A., 1997

Previous Experience

Law Clerk, Judge Frank Mays Hull, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit, 2004-2005