Steve Carter's practice primarily focuses on defending individuals and local, national and international business entities in civil litigation matters within the following areas: general negligence, premises liability, products liability, construction defects, catastrophic injury/wrongful death, contractual disputes, property damage claims, personal injury claims, and fraud/deceptive trade practices. Further, his practice spans a wide array of industries, including inter alia: transportation/trucking, oil & gas, hospitality (hotels, resorts, and country clubs), restaurants, retail, property ownership and management, and construction. Within the transportation industry, Steve has defended numerous personal injury claims filed against local and national trucking companies and their drivers, car rental companies, and drivers of company vehicles and their employers. His construction work has included the defense of residential and commercial builders, general contractors, subcontractors, materialmen, as well as engineers and other design professionals. Steve has also represented commercial property owners, general contractors, and subcontractors in cases involving catastrophic and/or fatal workplace injuries. His products liability work has included the defense of product manufacturers, component part manufacturers, product designers, product sellers and product installers.
Steve has handled hundreds of legal matters since beng licensed in 2009, including numerous complex high-exposure lawsuits in state and federal courts throughout Texas. His deep experience has given him an appreciation for and understanding of the delicate balance between aggressive representation, pragmatism, risk and cost-effectiveness that must be considered and evaluated in each legal matter he handles. Consequently, he takes a very individualized approach to each matter - whether it is still in the pre-suit phase or several years into litigation - by: (1) getting to know his clients, (2) identifying and evaluating the legal issues against the backdrop of his client's various business interests, (3) communicating reasonable expectations to his client, and (4) formulating and executing a realistic plan based upon these factors, with an eye towards a favorable resolution through trial, summary judgment practice or settlement.
- St. Mary's University School of Law (J.D., 2009)
- Dean's Scholarship
- Phi Delta Phi International Legal Fraternity
- Texas Christian University (B.S., cum laude, 2005)
- Texas, 2009
- United States District Court, Northern, Southern, Western and Eastern Districts of Texas
- United States District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin
Professional and Community Activities
- Paralegal Advisory Committee for Collin College (2016 - present)
- Texas Young Lawyers Association (2009 - present)