Leon Carter

Top rated Business Litigation attorney in Dallas, Texas

Carter Arnett PLLC
Leon Carter
Carter Arnett PLLC

Practice Areas: Business Litigation, Employment Litigation, General Litigation; view more

Licensed in Texas since: 1986

Education: Texas Southern University Thurgood Marshall School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2023

Carter Arnett PLLC

8150 N. Central Expressway
Suite 500
Dallas, TX 75206 Visit website


Leon Carter is the principal attorney at the law firm Carter Arnett PLLC in Dallas, Texas. He focuses his practice on a range of legal matters, including, but not limited to, anti-SLAPP litigation, antitrust litigation, business litigation, complex commercial law, construction law, copyright and trademark law, governmental liability, serious personal injury and wrongful death, patent law, and first amendment and media litigation.

With a bachelor’s degree in history and pre-law, Mr. Carter graduated from East Texas Baptist University. He studied law at Texas Southern University and obtained his Juris Doctor in 1986. He is licensed to practice in Texas and before the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit, and the U.S. District Court for the Eastern, Northern, Southern and Western Districts of Texas.

Mr. Carter was a Dallas County Assistant District Attorney and an Assistant Attorney General for the Texas state after law school. He serves his clients with a firm commitment to their needs and best interests. He ensures his clients are kept informed throughout their case and fights aggressively for their rights and liberties at every turn.

Actively associated with the legal community, Mr. Carter is a fellow at the American College of Trial Lawyers and is on its State Committee. He is also a fellow at the Litigation Counsel of America, the International Society of Barristers and the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. He also functions as an associate at the American Board of Trial Advocates and serves on its Executive Committee.

Additionally, Mr. Carter has memberships in the:

  • Honorable T. John Ward American Inn of Court – charter member
  • Honorable Barbara M.G. Lynn American Inn of Court – charter member and master
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Dallas Bar Association
  • Dallas Bar Foundation
  • Collin County Bar Association
  • Harrison County Bar Association

A member of the National Association of Distinguished Counsel, Mr. Carter’s other accolades and recognition include being ranked in litigation by Chambers USA and being named to the list of The Best Lawyers in America. He has received an AV* Preeminent peer-review rating through Martindale-Hubbell and is listed on the Top 500 Lawyers in the United States by Lawdragon.

*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 Ratings™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice areas

Business Litigation, Employment Litigation: Defense, General Litigation, Antitrust Litigation, Construction Litigation: Consumer, Intellectual Property

Focus areas

Antitrust & Trade Litigation, Copyrights, Litigation, Trademarks

  • 30% Business Litigation
  • 20% Employment Litigation: Defense
  • 20% General Litigation
  • 10% Antitrust Litigation
  • 10% Construction Litigation: Consumer
  • 10% Intellectual Property

First Admitted: 1986, Texas

Professional Webpage: https://www.carterarnett.com/attorney/e-leon-carter/

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • “Opening Statements and Closing Arguments without Violating the Golden Rule,” Moderator, Trial Skills Training Camp, UT CLE, May 2014
  • “How to Offer and Exclude Evidence – Evidence Tampering and Destruction”
  • “Preparing a Client (or Witness) for Deposition”
  • “Government Authorities Use of Subpoenaing to Obtain Financial Records: How Far Can They Go?”
  • “Expert Testimony in Texas Courts”
  • “Discovery Regarding Expert Witnesses”
  • “Discovery About Experts Under the New Rules”
  • “How to Select a Jury for a Corporate Client: Overcoming Jury Bias”
  • “Legal Action on the Go: The Patent Rocket Docket,” SmartBusiness Dallas, June 2007
  • “Top Ten IP Issues,” Dallas Bar Association, 2012
  • “Top Ten Issues in Intellectual Property Law,” State Bar of Texas Business Torts Institute, 2012
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Texas Appleseed, Board of Directors, 2015-2018
  • Hall of Fame Inductee of Carthage High School, 2010
  • Distinguished Alumnus of ETBU, 2010
  • Intensive Trial Advocacy Course, Visiting Faculty, Notre Dame Law School, South Bend, Indiana 2009-2014, 2016, 2018
  • Dallas Subcommittee of the Unauthorized Practice of Law, Past Board Member
  • Volunteer Center of Dallas County, Past Board Member
  • Martin Luther King Center, Past Chairman of the Board
  • Leadership Dallas, Class 2000
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters, Past Board Member
  • Vickery Meadows Learning Center, Past Board Member
  • Camp John Marc, Past Board Member
  • Dallas Bar Foundation, Past Chair
  • Dallas Bar Foundation, Life Fellow
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Trial Lawyer of the Year, Dallas Bar Association, 2019
  • D MagazineBest Lawyers, 2009-2018
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Justice Award, Dallas Bar Association, 2011
  • AV Preeminent (5.0 out of 5) Peer Review Rating, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Top 500 Lawyers in the United States, Lawdragon
  • One of the Top 15 Business Defense Lawyers in the DFW Metroplex, Dallas Business Journal, 2007
  • Lawyer of the Year, Levine Leichtman Capital Partners, 2017
  • The Best Lawyers in America, Levine Leichtman Capital Partners, 2012-2019
  • Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters, 2007-2019
  • One of the Top 100 Lawyers in Texas and Top 100 Lawyers in Dallas-Fort Worth, Thomson Reuters’ Super Lawyers, 2010-2018
  • Fellow, International Academy of Trial Lawyers
  • Fellow, International Society of Barristers
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers, National Trial Competition Committee, 2009-2016
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers, State Committee Member, 2011-2016, 2019-present
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Texas
  • Harrison County Bar Association, Member
  • Collin County Bar Association, Member
  • Dallas Bar Association, Judiciary Committee, Past Co-Chair
  • Dallas Bar Association
  • Judge Patrick E. Higginbotham Inn of Court, Past Member
  • State Bar of Texas, Executive Committee – Litigation Council, 2005-2011
  • State Bar of Texas, Director, 2014-2017
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Judge Barbara M. G. Lynn IP Inn of Court, Charter Member and Master
  • Judge T. John Ward Inn of Court, Charter Member
  • Member of the Committee for a Qualified Judiciary, 2009-2015
  • Director of the Dallas Bar Association, 2008-2010
  • Chambers USA, Ranked in Litigation, 2009-2018
  • National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • Associate, American Board of Trial Advocates, Executive Committee, 2002, 2016, 2018-present
  • Associate, American Board of Trial Advocates
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas, 1987
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court
Educational Background:
  • East Texas Baptist University, Marshall, Texas, B.A. in History & Pre-law, 1980

Office location for Leon Carter

8150 N. Central Expressway
Suite 500
Dallas, TX 75206

Phone: 214-550-8160

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