Paul Jeffrey Carter

Paul Jeffrey Carter

Long Beach, California

Attorney Paul Carter gets things done. 

After serving in the United States Navy under the command of Rodney A. Knutson, Paul obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University, Fullerton (CSUF) in 1992.   Paul then went on to earn a JD, with Honors, from Drake University Law School in 1995.

Paul is a seasoned litigator with a great amount of experience representing client interests in varying capacities.  Paul is admitted before all of the Courts in the State of California, and the US District Courts for the Northern and Central Districts of California.

Paul specializes in civil litigation and business representation, representing and defending clients in real estate, business, trust, employment and personal injury matters and related bankruptcy actions. 

Paul has brought many, many cases to verdict in both jury and bench trials, in addition to numerous arbitrations. Paul utilizes his vast trial experience to develop client strategies to achieve client goals efficiently and expeditiously.  As a result, Paul is often able to protect businesses and their clients from increased litigation costs and the uncertainty of the court system.

With Paul's extensive litigation background, he is very active in alternative dispute resolution, serving as an administrative hearing officer for the City of Long Beach; a mediator / arbitrator for the Los Angeles Superior Court; a mediator for the Court of Appeal; a Settlement Officer for the US District Court, Central District of California; a mediator / arbitrator for California Arts, Arbitration and Mediation Service through California Lawyers for the Arts; and a mediator for In these capacities Paul has presided over more than 400 mediations.

Paul is also very involved in his community. 

Areas of Practice

  • Civil Litigation and Business Representation
  • Real Estate
  • Business
  • Trust
  • Employment
  • Personal Injury Matters
  • Bankruptcy Actions

Litigation Percentage

  • 60% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1997
  • U.S. District Court Central District of California, 2000
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of California, 2004
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 2000


  • Drake University Law School, Des Moines, Iowa
    • J.D.
    • Honors: With Honors
  • California State University, Fullerton, CA
    • B.A.
    • Honors: Dean's List
    • Major: Political Science

Representative Clients

  • Real property owners
  • Real Estate Brokers
  • Real Estate Agents and Agencies
  • Various Businesses and Companies
  • Mortgage Brokers
  • Plaintiffs and defendants in civil litigation

Honors and Awards

  • City of Los Angeles Marathon, 1998

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Long Beach Bar Association, Secretary, 2015 - Present
  • Long Beach Bar Association, Board of Governors, 2012 - 2014
  • Long Beach Bar Association, Chair, Mediation / Arbitration Committee, 2013 - Present
  • Long Beach Bar Association, Chair, Ski Trip Committee, 2006 - 2014
  • Long Beach Bar Association, Golf Tournament, 2011 - Present
  • County of Los Angeles, Administrative Hearing Officer, 2014 - Present
  • City of Long Beach, Administrative Hearing Officer, 2006 - Present
  • U.S. District Court for Central District of California, Settlement Officer, 2007 - Present
  • California Court of Appeal, Mediator, 2007 - Present
  • California Department of Insurance, Mediator, 2011 - Present
  • Los Angeles Superior Court, Settlement Officer, Mediator, Arbitrator, 2004 - Present
  • Standards of Professionalism for Attorneys, Court Appointed Minor’s Counsel for Family Law matters Expert Witness
  • Ball / Hunt Inn of Court, Member
  • Ball / Hunt Inn of Court, Executive Committee, 2003 - Present
  • Ball / Hunt Inn of Court, Program Co-Chair, 2011 - 2012

Past Employment Positions

  • Manning Marder & Wolfe, Trial Attorney, 1999
  • Early, Maslach, Price & Baukol, Trial Attorney, 1997 - 1999

Pro Bono Activities

  • Member, Board of Trustees, St. Mary’s Med. Center Foundation, 2005 - Present
  • Vice Chairman & Treasurer, St. Mary’s Med. Center Foundation, 2013 - Present
  • Secretary, St. Mary’s Med. Center Foundation, 2011 - 2012
  • Exec. Comm., St. Mary’s Med. Center Foundation, 2010 - Present
  • Co-Chair, Annual Charity Golf Tournament, St. Mary’s Med. Center Foundation, 2010 - Present
  • Member, Board of Directors, St. Mary Catholic Housing Corporation, 2008 - Present
  • Member, Cal. State Fullerton Board of Governors, 2012 - Present
  • Member, Cal. State Fullerton Alumni Association Board of Directors, President, 2011 - 2012
  • Member, Long Beach Yacht Club
  • Judge Advocate, Long Beach Yacht Club, 2009 - 2011
  • House Committee, Long Beach Yacht Club, 2012
  • Member, Long Beach Rotary, 2011 - Present


  • Delta Sigma Phi
  • Pi Sigma Alpha