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James W. Carter

Of Counsel


San Antonio


  • Baylor School of Law, J.D., 1998
  • Texas Tech University, B.A. summa cum laude, 1995

Bar Admission

  • The State of Texas, 1998
  • United States District Court, Western District of Texas, 2004
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Texas, 2004
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Texas, 2004
  • United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit, 2005
  • United States Supreme Court, 2005
  • The State of North Dakota, 2014

About James W. Carter

Jimmy Carter practices law in the areas of real estate, oil and gas, probate and trust litigation in both state and federal courts.  Mr. Carter is known as a strong trial attorney with experience in complex commercial and real estate litigation and has a proven track record in negotiating and closing high value, multi-faceted business transactions.  Mr. Carter is a licensed attorney in Texas and North Dakota.

He has successfully presented numerous cases to juries involving fraud, negligence, royalty disagreements, adverse possession, probate and trust disputes, and breach of contract.  Mr. Carter also has been directly involved in appeals / reported opinions out of the Texas Courts of Appeal, the Texas Supreme Court, and the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.

In addition to his successful trial experience, Mr. Carter handles all facets of real estate law, including representing defendants in demanding lawsuits related to Eagle Ford Shale title and royalty rights.

Complementing his litigation experience, Mr. Carter is known as an attorney who is compassionate and committed to his clients, being well-prepared and bringing high ethical standards to each case.

Mr. Carter graduated from the honors college at Texas Tech University, summa cum laude and received his law degree from Baylor University.  Mr. Carter is a fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation. Martindale-Hubbell awarded him the highest possible “Preeminent” rating by judges and peers based on legal knowledge, analytical capabilities, judgment, communication and legal experience using their industry rating system.  Mr. Carter has also received the highest possible rating (5.0 out of 5) from client reviews on Martindale Hubbell.  These reviews are anonymous and based on communication, responsiveness, value and quality of legal representation.  Mr. Carter was selected “Best Lawyer” in Civil Litigation by SA Scene magazine in each year since 2010, and was selected “Rising Star” by Thomson Reuters’ Texas Super Lawyers in 2012.

Mr. Carter is an active author and speaker on legal matters of keen interest to Texans, including subjects important to rural landowners, developers, mineral owners, estate beneficiaries, and business owners.



  • 2017 Peacemaker Award, San Antonio Bar Foundation
  • 2016 Outstanding Lawyer Award, San Antonio Business Journal
  • Martindale Hubbell AV Rated
  • Thomson Reuters’ Texas Super Lawyer Rising Star, 2012
  • Named Best Lawyer in San Antonio by SA Scene magazine, 2010 – present
  • Named Rising Star by SA Scene magazine, 2009



  • 2018 Chair, Man & Woman of the Year Campaign, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
  • Director, TransPecos Banks, 2015
  • Man of the Year, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, 2015
  • Texas Bar Foundation, Fellow, 2014
  • San Antonio Bar Association, District Courts Committee, 2014
  • State Bar of Texas Business Law Section, Contracts Committee, 2014
  • Ecumenical Center for Religion and Health, Director, 2012-2013
  • Youth Soccer and Alamo Heights Little League Softball Head Coach, 2010 – present

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Cases & Publications


  • Texas Rule of Civil Procedure 202 Update, State Bar of Texas 30th Annual Advanced Evidence and Discovery Course, Houston, Texas, April 2017
  • Strategies in Fiduciary Litigation, presentation to San Antonio Bar Association Lunch Series, October 20, 2016
  • Declaratory Judgments at Probate Court, presentation and paper to San Antonio Estate Planners Council’s “Docket Call”, February 11, 2016
  • Inside the Minds: Best Practices for Structuring Trusts and Estates
    (co-author with Ashley Ressmann Gray, Thomson Reuters, 2015 ed.)
  • Hot Topics from Four Legal Experts: Panel discussion
    (December 3, 2014, San Antonio CPA Society continuing education class)
  • Shale boom puts mineral rights under spotlight
    San Antonio Express News, June 2, 2014, Business Section
  • Texas Landowner Notes – Prescribed Land Burns
    Bandera County Courier, May 1, 2014, Farm & Ranch Section
  • Amid shale boom, law is evolving
    San Antonio Express News, March 30, 2014, Eagle Ford & Energy Section
  • Eagle Ford Land Notes, Frio-Nueces Current News
    (March 27, 2014, Oil & Gas Section)
  • Disclosing Taxpayer Information: A Guide for the Wary Accountant
    (November 2013, paper presented to various accounting firms and seminars)

Representative Cases

  • Cash v. King, No. 04-16-00700-CV (Tex. App. – San Antonio 2017, no pet.)
  • In re: Sperber, No. 04-14-00564-CV, 2017 WL 2124481 (Tex. App. – San Antonio 2017, no pet.)
  • Saenz v. Saenz, No. 04-16-00588-CV, 2017 WL 2351101 (Tex. App. – San Antonio 2017, no pet.)
  • In re Estate of Bedell, 04-14-00564-CV, 2016 WL 416374 (Tex. App.—San Antonio 2016, pet. denied)
  • Bank of America, N.A., as Trustee of the Bettye Baker Brown Trust, et al. v. Prize Energy Resources, L.P., et al., 2014 WL 4257865 (Tex. App. – San Antonio 2014, no pet. h.)
  • Vela v. GRC Land Holdings, Ltd., 383 S.W.3d 248 (Tex. App. – San Antonio 2012, no pet.)
  • Retamco Operating, Inc. v. Republic Drilling Co., 278 S.W.3d 333 (Tex. 2009)
  • In re: Estate of Oma Bell Perry, 2008 WL 182860 (Tex. App. – San Antonio 2008, no pet.)