Jeffrey S. Carter, Esq.

Jeffrey S. Carter, Esq.

Jeffrey “Jeff” Carter began his legal career representing business entities in commercial litigation and insurance carriers in general liability matters.  Rising to partner at a prominent Florida panhandle law firm, Jeff’s practice grew to include construction disputes, condominium and homeowners’ associations, intellectual property and entertainment law, municipal law, service as county and city attorney, general business counsel, and first-party property loss claims against insurance carriers.

Jeff and his family have firsthand experience with and understand the practical and emotional challenges faced by homeowners and businesses impacted by a disaster, having lost their own home to Hurricane Michael and his wife’s family home to a house fire.  Before entering legal practice, Jeff enjoyed a successful career in the music industry as a professional guitarist, songwriter and publisher in Nashville, Tennessee and Los Angeles, California. Jeff has performed throughout the world alongside award-winning recording artists Deana Carter, Charlie Daniels, Bob Dylan, Keith Urban, Alan Jackson, Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys, Jake Owen, and many others.  Jeff’s original compositions have aired on national radio and television.  As an attorney, Jeff has represented his former musical colleagues in matters relating to recording, publishing, production and management deals.

Jeff graduated with honors from The University of Tennessee College of Law, where he served as an editor on the Tennessee Law Review, University Research Grant Associate, and Mediator for Knox County General Sessions Court. Jeff’s research and writing have been published in the Tennessee Law Review and The Entrepreneurial Law Clinic Handbook, a West publication. Jeff is an active member of his community and has served on several boards and committees for the Florida Bar and other state and local civic entities.  In 2016, Jeff was appointed by Governor Rick Scott to the Judicial Nominating Commission for the 14th Judicial Circuit of Florida. Jeff’s goal is to provide exceptional empathy, value and expertise to his clients in an open and friendly atmosphere.


University of Tennessee College of Law, J.D.
with honors; Tennessee Law Review

Middle Tennessee State University
B.S. Psychology, summa cum laude

  • Published Works
    • Strictly Business: A Historical Narrative and Commentary on Rock and Roll Business Practices, 78 L. Rev. 207 (2010).
    • George Kuney & Brian Krumm, The Entrepreneurial Law Clinic Handbook (West’s American Casebook Series, 2013)(acknowledged contributor).
  • Honors & Awards
    • Florida SuperLawyers®, a Thomson Reuters business, 2017-2019

  • Professional Associations & Memberships
    • Judicial Nominating Commission, 14th Judicial Circuit of Florida
    • Chair, Florida Bar Unlicensed Practice of Law Committee, 14th Judicial Circuit of Florida
    • University Academy, Board of Directors
    • Bay Arts Alliance & Marina Civic Center, Board of Directors
    • Leadership Bay Class of 2013
    • Andrews Bay American Inn of Court
    • American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers