Jeff is an experienced negotiator, litigator, and Florida Supreme Court Certified Circuit Civil Mediator who represents individuals and business entities in commercial business litigation and transactions, intellectual property, entertainment law, construction disputes, condominium and homeowners’ associations, municipal law, general business counsel, first-party property damage and insurance claims, land use, and has served as general counsel to various counties and cities in the Florida panhandle. Jeff also devotes a significant portion of his practice to his role as a certified circuit civil mediator in all manner of disputes.
Jeff has also enjoyed a successful career in the music industry as a professional guitarist, songwriter, bandleader, and artist manager. Jeff has worked with award-winning recording artists Deana Carter, Charlie Daniels, Bob Dylan, Keith Urban, Alan Jackson, Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys, Jake Owen, members of Lynyrd Skynyrd, and many others. Jeff’s guitar work and original compositions have aired on national radio and television. Jeff represents his creative colleagues in matters relating to recording, publishing, production, touring, artist development, and management.
Jeff graduated with honors from The University of Tennessee College of Law, where he served as an editor on the Tennessee Law Review. Jeff’s research and writing have been published in the Tennessee Law Review and The Entrepreneurial Law Clinic Handbook, a West publication. Jeff is an active member of his community and has served on several boards and committees for the Florida Bar and other state and local civic entities. Jeff was appointed by Governors Rick Scott and Ron Desantis to Florida’s Judicial Nominating Commission for the 14th Judicial Circuit. Jeff’s goal is to provide exceptional service, empathy, value and expertise to his clients in an open and friendly atmosphere.
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida
University of Tennessee College of Law, J.D., with honors; Tennessee Law Review
Middle Tennessee State University, B.S. Psychology, summa cum laude
Strictly Business: A Historical Narrative and Commentary on Rock and Roll Business Practices, 78 Tenn. L. Rev. 207 (2010).
George Kuney & Brian Krumm, The Entrepreneurial Law Clinic Handbook (West’s American Casebook Series, 2013)(acknowledged contributor).
Judicial Nominating Commission, 14th Judicial Circuit of Florida
Chair, Florida Bar Unlicensed Practice of Law Committee, 14th Judicial Circuit of Florida
University Academy, Board of Directors
Bay Arts Alliance & Marina Civic Center, Board of Directors
Leadership Bay Class of 2013
St. Andrews Bay American Inn of Court
American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers
Bay County Planning Commission, Commissioner
Florida SuperLawyers®, a Thomson Reuters business, 2017-2020
Jeff Carter, PA Testimonials
Mr. Carter is a true professional, and works at one of our community’s most respected law firms. He is personable, treating individuals as such, not simply another case file. But make no mistake about it, he also is very strong in the Courtroom when representing his clients.
I have known and worked with Jeff Carter for many years. He is a very thorough and knowledgeable attorney. I would not hesitate to use him for future legal advice.
Mr. Carter is exceptionally well versed in the areas of business and corporate law. His attention to detail and ability to communicate effectively is both efficient and eloquent, thus authoring arguments that stay on point and drive home compelling conclusions that are difficult, at best, to rebut. Further, Mr. Carter is a very giving listener that allows his client the freedom to contribute and opine throughout the process without any condescension, bias, or judgment. HIs sincerity and genuine concern for his client’s needs and goals are clearly illustrated by incorporating every relevant angle of an argument into a case while keeping his points focused and consistent. In short, Mr. Carter’s finest quality is respect for his client and the rare ability to empathetically engage an individual while maintaining an objective and calculated perspective.
Mr. Carter was consulted for title review and assessment of an existing real property whereby the property owner was excluded and denied membership privilege’s conveyed with the property. Mr. Carter was subsequently hired as plaintiffs representation for litigation. Mr. Carter successfully resolved the matter in favor of plaintiff. The case was complicated, difficult to dissect with multiple defendants. Ultra professional, most attentive, excellent steward, and commanding in the court room.
Jeff Carter is the type of lawyer every client wants, and all other lawyers strive to be like. It is no coincidence that Jeff has the utmost respect and admiration of his clients, attorneys, clerks, and judges alike. His skill and hard work is surpassed only by his modesty and compassion. Throughout his years as our attorney Jeff has proven himself to be an ardent defender of his client’s rights, and a man with a passion for justice. Each and every day he is a living example of what all attorneys should be.
Mr. Carter helped us to resolve several lease and other business disputes and transactions. He was a joy to work with and gave us solid, honest legal advice and representation. Will use him again without question.
Jeff Carter has been my business attorney as well as my personal entertainment attorney for several years. There is no one else I would entrust with my professional business or personal matters. He is easy to understand and helps the client to understand all legal terminology as well as legal options. He has always acted in the best possible interests when it comes to my business as well as my personal career. Where ever he chooses to practice law he can guarantee that Heintz Designs will remain a client.
Jeff Carter is committed to providing you with personal attention and sound advice. He will treat you like family — with respect, attention and dedication. With Jeff, you work directly with your lawyer, you won’t get lost in the shuffle, and you can expect positive results!