My name is Hunter Carter. I am an attorney based in New York City and Washington, D.C., specializing in commercial, corporate, and intellectual property litigation. I have advocated for a wide variety of clients and causes in legal forums ranging from arbitration to courts to Congress. This site is my way of bringing that passion, that research and analysis, and applying it to educating about the law and business scene in today’s Colombia.
This kind of information is sometimes difficult to locate, scattered about on-line, often untranslated, or available only with very expensive subscriptions. The Colombia Law & Business Post is a way to make the results of my constant study of this information accessible, and to promote education, information, and discussion about these topics among people with a common interest.
I became interested in Colombia because I am married to a Colombian. We have a lot of family and friends, and now a second home, in Medellin. In my ten years of extensive visits, I have witnessed first-hand the opening of the country and the explosion of its economy. What I have seen is compelling. And as a neighbor and member of the community, I am trying to do my part to keep it going and to enjoy its benefits.
That is my perspective. Here is part of my biography from my firm’s website:
Hunter Thompson Carter is a veteran commercial attorney in New York and Washington, D.C. He is a member of the bar in New York, Washington, D.C., and Virginia, as well as the U.S. Supreme Court and numerous federal appellate and trial courts. He received his law and undergraduate degrees from the University of Virginia, and also studied at the University of Miami Law School and in the ancient university town of Angers, France. He was elected to the editorial boards of the University of Miami Law Review and the Virginia Journal of International Law.
Hunter is a vigorous advocate who has led client representations in the following areas of the law: bankruptcy, commercial, corporate, internal investigations, intellectual property, media & entertainment, real estate, and telecommunications. He has spearheaded teams advocating for his clients in trial and appellate courts, state and federal, as well as arbitration, mediation, and negotiation, including internationally, and has represented clients in lobbying and defending investigations conducted by the U.S. Congress. He is also a diligent problem-solver and business counselor, emphasizing business acumen and client needs in negotiated resolutions of disputes. He has represented Johnson & Johnson, Goldman Sachs, Discovery Networks, and Fannie Mae, among other major institutions and public companies, smaller firms, family offices, and entrepreneurs, as clients.
He is Chair of the New York City Bar Association Committee on Inter-American Affairs, and has spoken or written on topics including private equity and dispute resolution, the Uribe regime, and human rights. He is a member of the board of directors of Foundation Caring For Colombia, which funds programs in arts and health for youths in Colombia displaced by the violence. He is also a member of the Colombian-American Association in New York City. He is fluent in French and Spanish. He served on the Latin America Advisory Committee of the Hillary Clinton Campaign for President in 2008.
Active in the bar and public interest arena, Hunter especially works on legal ethics. He is a member of the New York State Bar Ethics committee, has chaired the ethics committee of the New York Intellectual Property Association, and is the New York ethics partner for his firm. He is also a member of the bar associations of New York City, the District of Columbia, and Virginia.
Carter’s hallmark as a litigator is his aggressive advocacy. In one recent case, the press reported that he and his team of “[a]ttorneys… battled back, and the [creditor trust] eventually withdrew their request for the seizure of assets.” When the case settled for just $8 million, against the $200 million originally sought, the press and even the adversary acknowledged, in papers filed to approve the settlement, the “aggressive legal defense” led by Hunter which “hotly contested” the case.
Reflecting the diversity of his legal advocacy, he has also:
- defended corporate shareholder class action seeking to bar or delay a proposed merger
- recovered millions in asset forfeitures and helped send to jail a maker of fraudulent stock-based loan schemes.
- conducted an internal investigation into a Ukrainian WiMax telecommunications firm in connection with the sale of securities and ultimately of the company’s assets.
- represented the CAEAR Coalition before Congress in securing renewal of domestic HIV/AIDS funding legislation known popularly as the Ryan White Care Act
- represented a fund that lost scores of millions of dollars in fraud and breach of contract claims to an originator of subprime mortgage loans.
- represented an affiliate of Goldman Sachs in protecting the sale of an approximately $100 million portfolio of marinas from a dissident minority investor.
- recovered damages for an American metals company from the sellers of its Argentine operations due to misrepresentations made in the sale.
- defended portfolio real estate funds in acquisitions and dispositions.
- defended one of the biggest marketers of ephedra-based dietary products in the Congressional investigation into the death of a major league baseball player.
- defended an infomercial marketer in trademark trials in the Southern District of New York and District of Connecticut, national consumer class actions in various states, and a Federal Trade Commission investigation
- represented a patentee of a novel low-energy process for recycling copper wastes from circuit board manufacturing.
He is also the author, with Prof. Elizabeth Cooper of Fordham University Law School, of the 2009 NY State Bar Association Report and Recommendations on Marriage Rights for Same-Sex Couples, a 170-page, almost 800-footnote document adopted almost unanimously by the 200-member House of Delegates, the governing body of the nation’s largest state bar association, representing almost 80,000 lawyers. This work forms the core of the proposal now before the American Bar Association to endorse full equality in legal marriage rights for same-sex couples.
As a lawyer, Carter has taught seminars to lawyers and others on issues as diverse as arbitration and mediation, discovery and electronic evidence, professional ethics and liability, private investigations, attorney-client privilege, director and officer liability, subprime mortgages, securities litigation, lender liability, and HIV/AIDS legislation, among other topics.