C. Carter ClayPartner
Carter was born in Mobile, Alabama on June 23, 1973, and graduated from St. Paul’s High School in Mobile in 1991. He attended college at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina on an athletic and academic scholarship. During his senior year, he was a member of The Citadel Honor Court and received the Marion S. Lewis athletic award. He graduated magna cum laude from The Citadel in the spring of 1995 with a B.S. in Business Administration.
Upon graduating from college, Carter spent the next year working on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. as a Legislative Correspondent/Assistant to Congressman Tom Latham (Iowa-4th District). In the fall of 1996, Carter entered Cumberland Law School at Samford University. He received his J.D. Degree from Cumberland in the spring of 1999. While at Cumberland, he received the Scholar of Merit Award in the subject of Evidence and achieved Dean’s List status multiple times. Carter was admitted to practice law in the State of Alabama upon passing the bar exam in the summer of 1999.
Since he started practicing law, Carter has exclusively represented individuals in the areas of civil litigation involving truck and automobile accidents, defective products, medical malpractice, pharmaceutical and medical device litigation, industrial/construction accidents, premises liability, fraud, bad faith and worker’s compensation. He has a particular interest and vast experience representing individuals who have sustained severe burns and/or scald injuries. In March of 2010, he was appointed by a U.S. District Court Judge in the Southern District of California to the Plaintiff’s Steering Committee in In re Hydroxycut, which is litigation involving the dietary supplement known as Hydroxycut.
Carter handles cases throughout the entire Country and has participated in numerous jury trials with great success. In 2012, he obtained a $3 million dollar jury verdict from a Madison County, Alabama, jury on behalf of an individual injured in a motor vehicle accident. According to the Alabama Jury Verdict Reporter, this was the largest jury verdict in Madison County for 2012. In 2011, he obtained a $3.5 million dollar jury verdict from a Dallas County, Alabama, jury on behalf of the estate of a young boy that died while a residential student at an academy. Prior to 2011, Carter obtained a $1.6 million dollar verdict from a Mobile County, Alabama, jury in a defective product case and a $1.45 million dollar verdict from a Leon County, Florida, jury in a motor vehicle accident case. These verdicts have allowed him to be an eligible member for the Million Dollar Advocates Forum which consists of attorneys who have obtained verdicts in excess of a million dollars.
Carter is admitted to practice before the Alabama Supreme Court, the United States District Courts in Alabama, as well as the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals. He is a member of the Alabama State Bar Association, Birmingham Bar Association, Alabama Association for Justice (ALAJ) and American Association for Justice. He has been a contributing member to the amicus curie appellate brief writing committee of the ALAJ for several years. Since 2012, Carter has been nominated and selected by his legal peers for inclusion in the annual editions of Alabama Super Lawyers. In 2014, the National Trial Lawyers Organization recognized him as a Top 100 Trial Lawyer, and the National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys selected him as a Top 100 Attorney for the State of Alabama.
Additionally, Carter has been a featured speaker at numerous seminars on topics including "Recent Developments in the Areas of Spoliation, Subrogation, Mental Anguish and Collateral Source Rule" (ABICLE), "The Automobile Accident from the Civil Side" (ABICLE), "Jury Selection Tips" (Lorman), "Handling Subrogation and Hospital Liens" (ALTA), "How to Effectively Use Video Depositions at Trial" (ABICLE), "Tips on Personal Injury, Product Liability and Mass Torts Litigation" (Barristers), "Settlements on Behalf of Minors and Settlement Agreements" (Barristers), and "Uninsured Motorists Coverage and Case Law Updates" (ALAJ).
Carter is married to the former Heather Ranager, a native of Meridian, Mississippi, and 1994 college graduate from the University of Alabama. Carter and Heather have two children, Hollis and Coleman. Carter and his family attend Church of the Highlands and reside in the Crestline Community of Mountain Brook, Alabama.