Carter, Paul Jeffrey
Carter, Paul Jeffrey

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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 conducted well over 1,000 mediations.

Paul is also very involved in his community. 

Practice Areas

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


  • Drake University Law School, Des Moines, Iowa
    • J.D.
    • Honors: With Honors
  • California State University, Fullerton
    • B.A. - 1992
    • Honors: Dean's List
    • Major: Political Science

Bar Admission

  • 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

Pro-Bono Activities

  • Member, Board of Trustees, St. Mary’s Med. Center Foundation, 2005 to Present
  • Vice Chairman & Treasurer, St. Mary’s Med. Center Foundation, 2013 to Present
  • Secretary, St. Mary’s Med. Center Foundation, 2011 to 2012
  • Exec. Comm., St. Mary’s Med. Center Foundation, 2010 to Present
  • Co-Chair, Annual Charity Golf Tournament, St. Mary’s Med. Center Foundation, 2010 to Present
  • Member, Board of Directors, St. Mary Catholic Housing Corporation, 2008 to Present
  • Member, Cal. State Fullerton Board of Governors, 2012 to Present
  • Member, Cal. State Fullerton Alumni Association Board of Directors, President, 2011 to 2012
  • Member, Long Beach Yacht Club
  • Judge Advocate, Long Beach Yacht Club, 2009 to 2011
  • House Committee, Long Beach Yacht Club, 2012 to 2012
  • Member, Long Beach Rotary, 2011 to Present
  • Vice Chairman, Titan Pride Committee, Cal. State Fullerton Board of Governors, 2018 to Present
  • Chairman, St. Mary's Med. Center Foundation, 2015 to 2018
  • Board Member, Long Beach Bar Foundation, 2019 to Present
  • President, Long Beach Bar Association, 2018 to Present

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

Fraternities or Sororities

  • Delta Sigma Phi
  • Pi Sigma Alpha

Professional Associations

  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • Long Beach Bar Association, Secretary, 2015 to Present
  • Long Beach Bar Association, Board of Governors, 2012 to 2014
  • Long Beach Bar Association, Chair, Mediation / Arbitration Committee, 2013 to Present
  • Long Beach Bar Association, Chair, Ski Trip Committee, 2006 to 2014
  • Long Beach Bar Association, Golf Tournament, 2011 to Present
  • County of Los Angeles, Administrative Hearing Officer, 2014 to Present
  • City of Long Beach, Administrative Hearing Officer, 2006 to Present
  • U.S. District Court for Central District of California, Settlement Officer, 2007 to Present
  • California Court of Appeal, Mediator, 2007 to Present
  • California Department of Insurance, Mediator, 2011 to Present
  • Los Angeles Superior Court, Settlement Officer, Mediator, Arbitrator, 2004 to 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 to Present
  • Ball / Hunt Inn of Court, Program Co-Chair, 2011 to 2012
  • Long Beach Bar Association, President, 2018
  • Long Beach Bar Association, Secretary, 2015
  • Long Beach Bar Association, Treasurer, 2016


  • City of Los Angeles Marathon, 1998 - Present

Current Employment Position

  • Partner

Past Positions

  • Manning Marder & Wolfe, Trial Attorney, 1999
  • Early, Maslach, Price & Baukol, Trial Attorney, 1997 to 1999
  • United States Navy