G. Todd Carter
Todd Carter is a partner in the law firm of Brown,Readdick, Bumgartner, Carter, Strickland and Watkins, LLP and handles a wide variety of civil litigation including employment and civil rights cases, workers compensation, ad valorem tax litigation, and personal injury and wrongful death litigation for both defendants and plaintiffs.
Mr. Carter was born in Hazlehurst, Georgia and graduated from Jeff Davis County High School inHazlehurst. He attended the University of Georgia where he received a B.A. degree in political science in 1989. He then attended the University of Georgia School of Law and graduated cum laude in 1993. Following graduation, Mr. Carter joined the law firm of Whelchel, Brown, Readdick & Bumgartner, which is now Brown, Readdick,Bumgartner, Carter, Strickland and Watkins, LLP.
Mr. Carter is admitted to practice law in all of the state trial and appellate courts in the State of Georgia as well as the United States District Courts for the Middle and Southern Districts of Georgia. He is also admitted to practice in the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals, as well as the United States Supreme Court.
Mr. Carter resides in Brunswick, Georgia with his wife, Denise, and their three children, Dylan, Whitney and Ashley.
Trial and Appellate Experience:
Mr. Carter has extensive trial experience in both state and federal court. In addition, he has over thirty reported appellate cases, in both federal and state appellate courts. Significant recent appellate decisions include the following cases:
Amos v. Glynn County Bd. of Tax Assessors, 347 F.3d 1249 (11th Cir. 2004). Mr. Carter represented the Glynn County Board of Tax Assesors. Residential property owners on St. Simons Island brought a class action lawsuit pursuant to 42 U.S.C. § 1983 challenging their ad valorem tax assessments. The Board of Tax Assessors moved to dismiss the lawsuit, contending the suit was barred by the Tax Injunction Act. The trial court denied the Motion to Dismiss but the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals reversed, holding that the suit was barred by the Tax Injunction Act.
Gilmour v. Gates, McDonald and Co., 382 F.3d 1312, (11th Cir. 2004). Mr. Carter represented Gates, McDonald and Company in a lawsuit brought by a former Red Cross volunteer. The trial court dismissed all of the plaintiff’s claims on defendant’s Motion for Summary Judgment, and plaintiff appealed. On appeal, the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals held, in a case of first impression, that a party could not raise a claim for the first time in response to a Motion for Summary Judgment.
Brown v. Taylor, 596 S.E.2d 403 (2004). Mr. Carter represented numerous county defendants in a lawsuit filed by a plaintiff who alleged she was injured as a result of a defective condition on a county road. The trial court held that the action against the employees was based on alleged negligence in performance of discretionary act, and thus, the employees were exempt from liability based on the doctrine of official immunity.