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James A. Carter

Partner Emeritus












Practice Areas: Employment Law; Construction Labor Law; Management; Business Litigation


Admitted: 1962, California; 1975, U.S. Supreme Court


Law School: University of Kentucky and University of Washington, LL.B., 1961


Member: Bar Association of San Francisco; State Bar of California; American Bar Association.


Biography: Order of the Coif. Member, Board of Editors, Washington Law Review, 1960-1961. Law Clerk to Judge Frederick G. Hamley, U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 1961-1962; Phi Delta Phi.

Reported Cases: Associated General Contractors of California v. San Francisco Unified School District (9th Cir. 1980) 616 F.2d 1381; General American Life Insurance Co. v. Castonguay (9th Cir. 1993) 984 F.2d 1518; Garcia v. Spun Steak (9th Cir. 1993) 998 F.2d 1480; Mechanical Contractors Assn. v. Greater Bay Area Assn. (1998) 66 Cal. App. 4th 672.


Personal: Born in Ashland, Kentucky, Jim was an Army aviator flying both light planes and light helicopters. He still enjoys flying a Cessna Turbo Skylane which permits him to enjoy the beauty of the American West. He is a food and wine enthusiast, and loves to travel both in the U.S. and abroad. He enjoys and appreciates music from opera to the variety of music provided through the Bohemian Club. Although not a scientist, he is keenly interested in human evolution and the relationship between human conduct and genetic influence. Jim has three grown children, including partner Michelle Carter, and lives happily with his wife, Marilyn in San Francisco's Russian Hill neighborhood.