F. Carlton King , Jr. - FordHarrison LLP

F. Carlton King , Jr.

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2003


Carlton's entire legal career has concentrated on civil litigation, although he considers himself a trial lawyer, rather than a litigator.  In recent years, he has drawn on his years of trial experience as a mediator and arbitrator, assisting in the resolution of disputes through ADR. Carlton is a 1971 graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law, where he was a member of the Editorial Board of the Virginia Law Review and was inducted into the Order of the Coif, membership of which is limited to the top ten percent of the graduating class. He is included in The Best Lawyers in America, based on a peer-review survey in both Commercial Litigation and ADR categories.

A lawyer often hired by lawyers, Carlton particularly enjoys jury trials, and believes that juries, for the most part, do justice. He brings a practical sensibility to dispute resolution and has dealt with a myriad of commercial subject matters. During his career he has trained many young lawyers and for several years managed the litigation practice of a labor law firm with which he still maintains a collegial relationship.

He is admitted to practice in all Georgia courts and has tried cases in a number of jurisdictions other than Georgia. He routinely handles cases in Federal court and is admitted to U.S. District courts in Georgia, as well as to the United States Supreme Court and the United States Courts of Appeal for the Fifth, Sixth and Eleventh Circuits.

Carlton has served on seminar panels addressing civil litigation and trial practice, and has participated as an instructor in trial advocacy programs for law students and practitioners. Carlton is a member of the American Bar Association, the State Bar of Georgia, the Atlanta Bar Association and the Lawyers Club of Atlanta.

University of VirginiaJ.D. 1971

Client Comments

"Carlton is highly regarded in his profession. I came to Carlton on the recommendation of several lawyer friends. He is always well prepared and several steps ahead of his competition. Carlton gives me a very secure feeling that things are being well taken care of. I would recommend him to anyone. "

-Cleve Meredith
William C. Meredith Co.

"Carlton has represented our association for over 30 years and I have personally worked with him since 1991. He has served as a legal advisor to a large association-sponsored, self-insured fund; he has represented us in arbitration and provides general legal advice. He is quick, articulate, analytical, and makes sound calls with precision - all of which we have followed, without regret, over our 30-year relationship. I consider Carlton a close advisor and a true member of our association Team who gives me confidence to pursue the often-aggressive goals of our association."

-Stephen Rountree
Southeastern Lumber Manfacturers Association

"Carlton King is an outstanding lawyer and valued member of our team. Carlton's legal advice is always sound and timely. His general business advice is of the same caliber."

-Paul McKittrick
Division President
Ashton Woods Homes

"Carlton has represented my company and me in several matters over the past two decades. He has a real gift for going to the heart of any problem and, consequently, does not waste time or resources. His thought process is always pragmatic, cogent, and well reasoned. I have found him to have a refreshing "sense of urgency" as it applies to addressing communications to all parties involved, as well as his attention to me as a client. This trait is unusual based on my experience with the legal profession during my 30-year career. I highly recommend Carlton to anyone interested in an intelligent, practical, and forceful advocate."

-Laurence Mansfield
Peachtree Construction Co.

"I worked very closely with Carlton on an arbitration that included full discovery and a one-week trial. He is a pleasure to work with. He did not pull punches as he determined our strengths and weaknesses; we worked together to develop a strategy to keep things as simple as possible in a somewhat complicated situation. He was always responsive and direct in our communications. He is clearly a trial lawyer with his own style that I found to be very effective. He focused on the material issues and did not get caught up in the mountain of details. Most of all, he is an excellent litigator (with a good sense of humor) and an advocate extraordinaire. If I (or my family) ever needed a litigator personally, Carlton is the person I would reach out to! "

-Mark Hain
Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Secretary
AssuranceAmerica Corporation

Office Location

271 Seventeenth Street, NW, Suite 1900
Atlanta, GA 30363
United States

Practice Areas

Commercial Litigation (Alternative Dispute Resolution)

Other Information

Gender: Male