Stephen C. Carleton

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Business Litigation Attorney in Baton Rouge, LA

Carleton Hebert Wittenbrink & Shoenfelt, LLC
 | 445 North Boulevard, Suite 625
Baton Rouge, LA 70802
Phone: 225-234-0521
Fax: 877-443-9889
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2020
Licensed Since: 1984
Practice Areas:
  • Business Litigation (30%),
  • Civil Rights (20%),
  • Civil Litigation: Defense (20%),
  • State, Local & Municipal (10%),
  • Employment Litigation: Defense (10%),
  • Construction Litigation: Business (10%)
Attorney Profile

Attorney Stephen C. Carleton is a partner at Carleton Hebert Wittenbrink & Shoenfelt, LLC, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Mr. Carleton practices in the areas of business litigation, civil litigation defense, civil rights, construction litigation, employment litigation defense, and state, local and municipal law. He serves clients throughout the Baton Rouge region.

Mr. Carleton has over 30 years of litigation and trial experience. Over his time in practice, he has successfully tried numerous bench and jury trials, as well as arbitrated and mediated many complex matters. His clients include individuals, business owners, manufacturers, sellers, and many high-profile business and state entities.

In honor of his accomplishments, Martindale-Hubbell awarded Mr. Carleton its highest possible peer review rating of AV Preeminent*. In addition, the Baton Rouge Bar Association awarded him their century award for his pro bono legal services and their president’s award for his service to the association over the years.

Mr. Carleton is an active member of the Baton Rouge Bar Association, the Louisiana State Bar Association, the Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel, the Downtown Business Association of Baton Rouge and the Louisiana Historical Society. He is a former president of the Baton Rouge (Downtown) Kiwanis Club and belongs to the University College Advisory Board at Louisiana State University.

After earning a bachelor’s degree from Louisiana State University, Mr. Carleton received his law degree from the Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center. He is qualified to practice before all Louisiana state courts and several federal courts, as well as the Supreme Court of the United States.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
  • 30%Business Litigation
  • 20%Civil Rights
  • 20%Civil Litigation
  • 10%State, Local & Municipal
  • 10%Employment Litigation
  • 10%Construction Litigation
Focus Areas

Americans with Disabilities Act, Police Misconduct, Race Discrimination, Discrimination, State, Local & Municipal Litigation, Employment Discrimination, Wrongful Termination, Retaliation, Construction Defects


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Super Lawyers: 2020

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About Stephen Carleton

Admitted: 1984, Louisiana

Professional Webpage:


  • AV by Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating
  • 1998- Century Award from the Baton Rouge Bar Association for Pro Bono Service to the Community; 2011-President's Award from the Baton Rouge Bar Association for Pro Bono Service to the Community, Senior Partner

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Chair, Baton Rouge Bar Association, Youth Education Committee
  • Member, Downtown Business Association
  • Member, Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Western District of Louisiana
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Middle District of Louisiana
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Eastern District of Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Louisiana
  • Louisiana, 1984
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Louisiana
  • Louisiana State Bar Association, Member, Baton Rouge Bar Association, Member, Baton Rouge Bar Association Youth Education Committee, Member

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Member, Historical Society of Louisiana, Baton Rouge


  • Hazelwood Farm, Inc. v. Liberty Oil & Gas Corp., 02-266 (La. App. 3 Cir 04/02/03)


  • Numerous business formations, including Louisiana Limited Liability Companies ("LLC"), "C" and "S" Corporations, 501 (c) (3) Non-Profit Corporations, Operating Agreements and Articles of Incorporation, as well as Personal Last Wills and Testaments for individual clients

Representative Clients:

  • Trademark Property Company
  • Suzuki Motors of America, Inc.
  • Sedgwick Claims Management Services, Inc.
  • Pride Energy Company
  • Mitsubishi Motors North America
  • Mazda North American Operations
  • Jones, Lang, LaSalle Americas
  • Baton Rouge City/Parish Consolidated Government
  • Crawfish, LLC
  • Chevron U.S.A., Inc.
  • CITGO Petroleum Corp.
  • State of Louisiana, Department of Transportation and Development ("DOTD"), East Baton Rouge Parish/City of Baton Rouge Consolidated Government and various individuals employed by the Baton Rouge Police Department, The Cato Corporation, Central Management Company, Diesel Driving Academy, Inc., Hartford Insurance Company.

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • 1994-present Service to Louisiana State Penitentiary as volunteer Lay Christian minister as part of the Kairos prison ministry; 1994-present Member First United Methodist Church, past Member of the Administrative Board, Pastor-Parish Relations committee: 2016-present Member of the Advisory Board to Louisiana State University; University College; 1998-Present, Member and Past President of the Baton Rouge (Downtown) Kiwanis Service Club; 2019-present, Member of the Advisory Board of Theatre Baton Rouge

Educational Background:

  • Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, B.A., 1981
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Office Location for Stephen C. Carleton

445 North Boulevard
Suite 625
Baton Rouge, LA 70802

Phone: 225-234-0521

Fax: 877-443-9889

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Last Updated: 11/5/2019

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