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Attorney James Carter Appointed to Greater New Orleans, Inc. Board of Directors

NEW ORLEANS - On February 13, 2017, Greater New Orleans, Inc. Board of Directors appointed noted civil trial attorney James Carter to the Board of Directors. Read more...

 


James Carter to be selected 2016 New Orleans CityBusiness Leadership in Law honoree

James Carter to be selected 2016 New Orleans CityBusiness Leadership in Law honoree

NEW ORLEANS, La. –March 11, 2016– New Orleans CityBusiness Magazine's Leadership in Law recognizes 50 area legal professionals in four categories: firm associated, court associated, in-house counsel and educators. Honorees were selected based on their professional and community involvement and achievements that have set the pace for the overall community. Read More...

 


Governor Bobby Jindal Announces the Appointment of James Carter to the University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors

NEW ORLEANS, La. – August 17, 2015 – Governor Bobby Jindal has announced the appointment of James Carter to the University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors. The University of Louisiana System Board of Supervisors’ responsibilities include, but are not limited to, selecting the presidents of system institutions, determining fees paid by students, purchasing land and buildings for universities, formulating curricula and programs of study, exchanging university property, seeking financial assistance for universities, and allocating university system expenditures. According to the Louisiana Constitution, the board is comprised of fifteen members, including one student member. The remaining fourteen members are gubernatorial appointments, subject to Senate confirmation, including two members selected from each congressional district and the remaining members selected from the state at-large. “This selection to serve with such a prestigious board is truly an honor and a privilege,” said Attorney James Carter. “While each college/university in the University of Louisiana System has its own specific and distinct character, the overarching goal for institutions of higher learning remains the same. I believe one of my purposes in life is to serve as a proponent for high quality education and to give back a little of what God has blessed me with throughout my professional career.” A former New Orleans City Councilman and New Orleans Criminal Justice Commissioner, Carter is the lead attorney at Carter & McKee, LLC. A native of New Orleans, Carter has extensive trial experience and a high rate of favorable verdicts. James Carter has been recognized both locally and nationally for his leadership abilities. He has been named to the New Orleans City Business Magazine 2012 Class of Leaders in Law and was appointed as a fellow to the VERA Institute of Justice. Carter was also nominated for a 2014 Litigator Award by the Trial Lawyer Board of Regents. Additionally, he holds the distinction of being a member of the Million Dollar Advocate Forum and Multi-Million Dollar Advocate Forum. James maintains an active national trial practice, fighting for his clients and serving as a trial attorney for other law firms. James Carter is married to Rene Lewis Carter who is Principal at Martin Behrman Charter School Academy of Creative Arts and Sciences. Rene was named the 2016 Middle School Principal of the Year for the State of Louisiana. Their son Brice is 12 years old.

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Jury Awards More than $1 Million In Lafon Nursing Home Tragedy

Verdict earned by James Carter and legal team will help compensate family of Francis Robinette, who was among those injured or killed when the facility failed to evacuate residents during Hurricane Katrina in 2005 NEW ORLEANS, La. – June 23, 2015 – A New Orleans legal team earned a $1.375 million verdict for the family of the late Francis Robinette – one of dozens of residents of the Lafon Nursing Facility of the Holy Family who were injured or killed during Hurricane Katrina. With deadly Katrina bearing down on New Orleans, administrators made the fateful decision not to evacuate more than 100 elderly residents of the home. Katrina’s thrashing winds and devastating flooding left the home damaged, waterlogged and without power on Aug. 29, 2005. By the time searchers got to the home several days later, a total of 17 residents – including Robinette -- had died. The case – Joachim Robinette, et. al. vs. Lafon Nursing Facility of the Holy Family, et. al., was tried earlier this month in New Orleans Civil District Court. In its verdict, the jury found that the failure to evacuate its residents constituted a breach of Lafon’s responsibility to protect the health and safety of Robinette – and that this breach led to the pain, suffering, mental anguish – and eventual death, of Robinette on Thursday, Sept. 1, 2005. The $1.375 million verdict obtained by Carter and co-counsel Roderick Alvendia, Amy Fontenot and Anthony Irpino, included compensation for Ms. Robinette and surviving family members Joachim, Michael and Louis Robinette. “Though this tragic event happened 10 years ago, the pain is still fresh for the family of Francis Robinette – and in fact, for many of the families who lost loved ones at the Lafon Nursing Facility,” Carter said. “What is clear is that the inhumane death of Ms. Robinette and the 16 other deceased residents at Lafon was completely preventable – and only occurred as a result of the negligent actions by the administration and staff at the home. The family of Robinette is hopeful that this case will help to establish a set standard of care for all nursing home facilities going forward, in order to prevent other families from suffering the losses they have had to experience. James Carter is no stranger to seeking justice. A former New Orleans City Councilman and New Orleans Criminal Justice Commissioner, Carter is a senior partner at Carter & McKee, LLC. A native of New Orleans, Carter has extensive trial experience and a high rate of favorable verdicts. James Carter has been recognized both locally and nationally for his leadership abilities. He has been named to the New Orleans City Business Magazine 2012 Class of Leaders in Law and was appointed as a fellow to the VERA Institute of Justice. Carter was also nominated for a 2014 Litigator Award by the Trial Lawyer Board of Regents. Additionally, he holds the distinction of being a member of the Million Dollar Advocate Forum and Multi-Million Dollar Advocate Forum. James maintains an active national trial practice, fighting for his clients and serving as a trial attorney for other law firms.

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