Armed with his freshly minted law degree in 1997, he immediately continued his community advocacy by serving as the first director of the nationally acclaimed United States Department of Justice-New Orleans Weed and Seed Initiative. In 2001, Mr. Carter served as a Staff Trial Counsel for the Orleans Indigent Defenders Program, while garnering an impressive acquittal rate. Mr. Carter’s early trial experiences came in the gritty area of criminal defense, and that experience illuminated his courage, fortified his toughness and showcased his talent as a formidable jury trial attorney.
After the devastation of Hurricane Katrina on August 29, 2005, he chose to take part in the rebuilding of his beloved community and city. He was elected to the first New Orleans City Council seated after the storm in 2006. From 2006 to 2010, as a Councilman, he played the lead role in establishing the first City Charter mandated Division of the Independent Police Monitor to fight police brutality and misconduct. From 2010 to 2012, James Carter served as a Fellow with the VERA Institute of Justice. In 2011, he was selected to serve as the first African-American Criminal Justice Commissioner in New Orleans’ history.
In 2010, Mr. Carter turned his attention and vast jury trial experience to the high-end civil plaintiff arena. His very first civil jury trial resulted in a settlement during trial of $1,500,000.00. Since then, Mr. Carter has recovered tens of millions of dollars on behalf of his clients.
James Carter is a member of the Louisiana Bar Association and the Louisiana Association for Justice. Mr. Carter serves on the University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors-the body that provides policy guidance and fiscal oversight for nine public universities in Louisiana. He serves on the boards of Greater New Orleans, Inc. and Family Services of Greater New Orleans. Mr. Carter is a participant in a multi-year study at the University of Oxford (Oxford, England), Centre for the Resolution of Intractable Conflict, of leadership in divided communities. He also spent time in a foreign visitor’s program with the government of France in 2007. In 2017, Mr. Carter presented at the 92nd National Bar Association Annual Convention in Toronto, Canada.
AREAS OF PRACTICE:
- Catastrophic Personal Injury
- Complex Commercial Litigation
- Products Liability
- Premises Liability
- Talcum Powder Ovarian Cancer
- Vaginal Mesh
- Opioid Litigation
ADMITTED TO PRACTICE:
- All Louisiana Courts
- U.S.D.C. - Eastern District of Louisiana
- U.S.D.C. - Middle District of Louisiana
- U.S.D.C. - Western District of Louisiana
- U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal
- Howard University School of Law (J.D.) - 1997 Washington D.C.
- Howard University (B.A.) - 1991 Washington D.C.
- McDonogh #35 College Preparatory Senior High School - 1987
- New Orleans Center for the Creative Arts (Theater) - 1987
- 2018 National Bar Association Convention (CLE Seminar) - GET INTO FOCUS, Making Money Moves, Increase Settlement Amounts and Improve Trial Results Using Focus Groups (August 1, 2018)
- A Change is Going to Come; The Wall Street Case for Diversity and Inclusion in 2018 (CLE Seminar)), National Bar Association 93rd Annual Convention, New Orleans, Louisiana (August 1, 2018)
- Civil Litigation, Benefits of Having Diversity in Civil Jury Practice, LJC/NBA Annual Meeting and CLE Seminar 2018, "Advancing Judicial Competency", Baton Rouge, Louisiana (February 16, 2018)
- Trial Advocacy, Jackson Barracks, New Orleans, Louisiana (June 2, 2018)
- Effective Closing Arguments, Southern University Law Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana (April 11, 2018)
- Developing a High End Civil Trial Practice - Howard University School of Law, Washington, D.C. (October 6-8, 2017)
- Across Racial Lines: Transforming a City after a Natural Disaster – University of Oxford -Harris Manchester College, Annual Conference, Oxford, England (September 27, 2017)
- Get Into Focus: Increase Settlement Amounts and Improve Trial Results Using Focus Groups - National Bar Association Convention, Toronto, Canada (August 2, 2017)
AWARDS AND HONORS:
- Million Dollar Advocates Forum
- Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
- The National Black Lawyers Top 100
- New Orleans City Business Magazine, Leadership in Law Award, 2016 and 2012 Read more
- Leadership Award, Bureau of Consular Affairs
- VERA Institute of Justice, Award
- Crime Coalition, Distinguished Leader Proclamation
- Institute for Social Justice, Inc., Award
- Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana, Justice for Youth Award
- Ebonetworks, Changing Faces Award
- French Quarter Business Women Association, Darling Heart Award
- Danette O'Neal & James J. Carter, Money Matters 101: A Smart Money Guide for 18 and Beyond (2017)
- James Carter, Benefits of Having Diversity in Your Jury Trial Practice, LAJ (2013)