Carter L. Williams: Lawyer with Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP

Carter L. Williams

Carter Williams

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Practice Areas

  • Energy
  • Environmental & Commodities
  • Regulatory & Compliance
  • Energy Litigation
  • Insurance
  • Complex Business Litigation
  • Government Enforcement & Investigations
  • Labor & Employment
  • Crisis Management
  • Privacy & Data Security
Contact InfoTelephone: 713.470.6126
Fax: 713-654-1301
University University of Virginia, B.A.
Law SchoolWashington and Lee University School of Law, J.D., cum laude Executive Editor, Washington and Lee Law Review
Admitted2004, Virginia; 2005, District of Columbia; 2010, Texas

Professional Activities
Member, Litigation Section and Environmental Law Section, American Bar Association
Member, Energy Bar Association
Member, State Bar of Texas
Member, District of Columbia Bar Association
Member, Virginia State Bar Association

BornWashington, D.C., October 6, 1977

Carter Williams represents multinational energy companies, drilling contractors, oilfield services companies, insurers, and commodity trading concerns in complex commercial and environmental litigation in federal and state courts throughout the country. He was recently a member of Transocean's trial team in the multidistrict litigation arising from the Gulf of Mexico oil spill in 2010 and managed much of the massive discovery efforts in those proceedings. Carter also assists clients with internal investigations and represents clients facing investigations or enforcement proceedings by the Department of Justice (DOJ), Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), and other federal and state agencies.

Carter has extensive experience with e-discovery and data retention and assists clients with sensitive cross-border data issues. Carter also focuses on employment issues, including discrimination, harassment, and whistleblower claims.

Selected Experience
Sutherland guides drilling contractor through litigation, crisis management and regulatory inquiries following the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
Sutherland represents international drilling contractor in DOJ environmental proceedings.
Sutherland secures agreement of plaintiff to dismiss case against oil company and sovereign nation.

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• Crisis Management


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Supreme Court of Texas Provides “Much-Needed Clarity” to Texas Spoliation Jurisprudence
Robert A. Lemus,Robert D. Owen,Kent C. Sullivan,Carter L. Williams, July 15, 2014
On July 3, the Supreme Court of Texas issued a significant opinion in Brookshire Brothers, Ltd. v. Jerry Aldridge, No. 10-0846 (Tex. 2014), that clarifies the standards governing the spoliation of evidence in Texas as well as the parameters of a trial court’s discretion to impose a remedy...

Texas Supreme Court Holds Cost to Remove Carbon Dioxide Injected in Enhanced Recovery Operations Is Properly Deductible from Royalties
Sean D. Jordan,Stephanie E. Kinzel-Tapper,Carter L. Williams, July 9, 2014
On June 27, the Supreme Court of Texas issued an opinion in Marcia Fuller French, et al v. Occidental Permian Ltd., No 12-002 (Tex. June 27, 2014), a case closely followed by the oil and gas industry.1 In its unanimous decision and on an issue of first impression, the court declared that removal of...

Supreme Court of Texas Finds Purchasers of Used Goods Can Recover on Implied Warranty Claims in a Case That Highlights Risk of Failing to Plead Affirmative Defenses
Matt Gatewood,Carter L. Williams, June 23, 2014
In a significant decision issued earlier this month, the Supreme Court of Texas held that the implied warranty of merchantability, unless properly disclaimed, passes to purchasers of used goods. The decision in Man Engines & Components, Inc. v. Shows, No. 12-0490, on appeal from the Court of...
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Carter L. Williams

1001 Fannin Street, Suite 3700
HoustonTX 77002-6760


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