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The Author, on a coffee finca in Bolivar, Antioquia

Visiting a coffee farm in Bolivar, Antioquia

 

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.

12 Comments leave one →
  1. April 7, 2010 10:15 am

    Hunter,

    Just visited your blog and found it extremely professional and informative on Colombian legal and business matters. I will place a link to your blog from mine.

    Keep up the good work.

    Joel Font
    Blogger: “Today’s Audit Journal.”

    • April 7, 2010 11:40 am

      Very kind of you. Thanks. I look forward to sharing information. Please be sure to subscribe to my page so you know when something new is posted. Bests, HTC

  2. JORGE RESTREPO ARANGO permalink
    July 17, 2010 11:47 pm

    My brother was a U.S. resident (Proudly served in the U.S.Military.)While visiting Medellin in 2001 he was murdered in Northern Antioquia, exactly where Chiquita Banana operated at the time.

    Why do you think the lives of my fellow Colombians are worth a lot less than those of U.S. citizens. One has just to look at how long it has taken the Hon. Judge Marra (West Palm Beach, FL.) to rule on the several lawsuits Colombians have filed. *Over a year and not a decision yet from Judge Marra*

    9/11 victims were compensated by the U.S. Gov’t and rightly so. Colombian citizens await justice in the land of the free and home of the brave. “Justice delayed is justice denied.:

    GOD bless the U.S.
    Justice shall prevail.

    • July 18, 2010 9:51 am

      Jorge, Thank you for your comment. I truly lament what happened to your brother and your family. My sincerest sympathies and best wishes to you and your family.

      Judge Marra faces some very novel legal issues raised by the lawyers for the victims and US law, but despite those delays, I admire your confidence that there shall be justice.

      As I am sure you would agree by reading more about me, or by me, I certainly am not one who thinks as you say that “the lives of Colombians are worth less than US citizens,” and I doubt that was directed at me at all. I am instead working as hard as I know how to bring about an environment of justice and respect for all persons and their dignity.

      Be strong, and I hope you stop by this site frequently.

      Hunter

  3. Jorge Restrepo Arango permalink
    August 2, 2010 11:33 pm

    I was born and raised here in Medellin, most of my friends and people I run into on a daily basis deeply admire the resolve and tenacity of the people of the United States.

    I for one, want to thank you for your interest and love of Colombia, I deeply appreciate it and hope that we Colombians can retribute your feelings. I am just deeply disappointed with the U.S. Judicial System when it comes to its dealings with foreigners.

    God bless your amazing country and hopefully it will all end well for us.

    • August 3, 2010 12:30 pm

      As our President said last week, don’t bet against the American worker or entrepreneur. I truly believe ours is a good people and getting better. It is our capacity for improvement driven by the people that will lead us there. As a country we love and support Colombia and pray for its continued turnaround. On behalf of the justice system, understand it operates under these imperfect laws, but knowing our system, I truly believe it is fair and a model to be followed. Our judges are respected and our courts’ rulings are respected. The laws that bother you about justice for non-resident aliens who are injured by transnational crime do need, in my opinion, to be reformed. The principle is simple: if we can jail transnational criminals in the US, then anyone who is injured by them can sue them for damages.

      Un abrazo, hermano, y mil gracias por su atencion.

  4. Joe Cordero permalink
    November 18, 2010 2:27 pm

    Mr. Hunter – Maybe you can answer this question. Are class action lawsuits done in Colombia? Reason I ask is because I bought a pre-construction apartment in Cartagena, and to make a long story short it’s been nothing but a nightmare as an investor. Everyone in the building has been impacted by the delays, non performance of contracts on the part of the principals of the building, the fiduciary company (Alianza) etc. At this point I personally am trying to get my money out of this venture but now accounting problems with my money have surfaced. I am in the states so it has been difficult to grasp fully the legal complexities and my rights as an investor in this project. In the states I am sure lawyers would have jumped at the opportunity to represent all the apartment owners in a class lawsuit against the guilty parties, to me it’s a slam dunk affair, but I have yet to hear of any such plan over there. My attorney says no class suits are possible in Colombia. Is he right? Thanks for your time and for your site. It is very informative and well written……Joe

  5. June 7, 2011 11:17 am

    I’m looking to complete two educational films about Colombia. The films will portray the
    country in a much more positive light than what we’ve sadly become used to.

    Keep up the good work!

    Elmer Hawkes

    • July 9, 2011 12:21 pm

      Elmer, Thank you very much. I will look forward to learning more about your films. Any honest look at Colombia will see that remarkable work is being done in Colombia and that it is a beautiful place with a rich culture and wonderful peope.
      Hunter

  6. July 14, 2011 5:10 pm

    I am a Colombian living in Maryland, I just came back from vacations in Bucaramanga, Colombia after 7 years and what I saw is amazing, the economy is literally exploiting, the city I knew 7 years ago is nothing compare to today. And the best of all, the people has not changed.

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