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Michael D. Carter is a member of the Firm’s Labor & Employment Practice Group and Chair of the Toxic Torts Practice Group. He represents both privately-held and public companies in a wide range of employment, environmental and litigation matters, with a strong emphasis on toxic tort defense. Michael has many years of experience in the field of workers’ compensation and has served as both a member and chair of the Oklahoma Advisory Council of Workers’ Compensation.

Michael has defended multi-party asbestos, talc, respirable dust, silica and benzene exposure cases in multiple jurisdictions across the United States, including state courts, federal district courts and federal multi-district litigation. His clients in toxic tort litigation have included equipment manufacturers, distributors, contractors, premises owners, manufacturers of industrial talc, manufacturers of products containing cosmetic talc, manufacturers of joint compound, manufacturers of fire brick, felt, gaskets and kiln-entry suits, manufacturers of motor oil, grease, fuel and lubricants, and manufacturers of welding rods and brazing rods.

In addition, Michael represents management in all areas of the employment relationship, including representation before the EEOC and other federal and state regulatory agencies, mediation and arbitration and litigation in federal and state courts. He also counsels clients in employment matters, including development of employment policies, absence-management, employer immigration compliance, employment contracts, employee handbooks and issues involving professional employer organizations and human resources outsourcing.

Born in Wichita Falls, Texas, and raised in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, Michael resides in Norman, Oklahoma.

Education

  • University of Oklahoma (B.A., 1979)
  • University of Oklahoma College of Law (J.D., 1982)

Admissions

  • 1982, Oklahoma
  • 1982, U.S. District Court, Northern, Eastern and Western Districts of Oklahoma
  • 1988, U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
  • 1991, U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
  • 1994, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit

Professional Organizations

  • Oklahoma Bar Association
  • Oklahoma County Bar Association
  • Oklahoma Association of Defense Counsel (President, 2017; Director,1998-2001; 2010-2012; Legislative Director, 2012-2014)
  • Defense Research Institute (Board of Directors, 2021-present; State Representative 2018-2021; State Membership Chair 2017-2018)
  • Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel
  • American Bar Association
  • Oklahoma Advisory Council on Workers’ Compensation (Member, 2007-present; Chair, 2011-present)
  • Oklahoma Indigent Defense System (Board Member, 1999-2001)
  • Luther Bohanon American Inn of Court XXIII (President, 2016-17; Master)
  • Oklahoma Workers’ Compensation Self-Insurance Guaranty Fund (Board Member, 2012-2018)

Experience

  • Represented Georgia Talc Company as co-national counsel during National Tire Workers’ Litigation
  • Defended, coordinated and directed the defense of asbestos cases involving over 2,000 plaintiffs in Oklahoma, Ohio, Arkansas, Pennsylvania and Texas
  • CRST Van Expedited, Inc. v. J.B. Hunt: 2006 WL 335765 (Oklahoma counsel for CRST in case involving intentional interference with employment contracts)
  • Hider v. Valero Energy: Obtained unusual dismissal of race discrimination case for Valero in arbitration before JAMS
  • Jackson v. Anchor Packing Co., 994 F.2d 1295 (8th Cir. 1993), (summary judgment for Georgia Talc affirmed)
  • Represents product manufacturers, distributors, contractors and premises owners in asbestos exposure/mesothelioma litigation
  • Represents product manufacturers in talc litigation
  • Represents companies in environmental cleanup/hazard matters
  • Represents product manufacturers in silica/silicosis litigation
  • Represents product manufacturers in benzene exposure/AML litigation
  • Represents employers before the EEOC, and represents of employers in litigation brought by EEOC
  • Represents employers in litigation and arbitration of matters involving breach of employment contracts, wrongful termination, non-compete agreements ADA, and race, sex and age discrimination
  • Represents employers in workers’ compensation matters

Recognition

  • Defense Research Institute (DRI) Kevin Driskill Outstanding State Representative Award (2021)
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™
  • Best Lawyers®: Lawyer of the Year in OKC – Insurance Law (2021)
  • Best Lawyers®: Lawyer of the Year in OKC – Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers (2017, 2020)
  • Best Lawyers®: Litigation – Insurance (2022-present)
  • Best Lawyers®: Insurance Law (2021-present)
  • Best Lawyers®: Litigation – Labor and Employment (2020-present)
  • Best Lawyers®: Labor Law – Management (2019-present)
  • Best Lawyers®: Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers (2012-present)

Publications

Michael D. Carter is a member of the Firm’s Labor & Employment Practice Group and Chair of the Toxic Torts Practice Group. He represents both privately-held and public companies in a wide range of employment, environmental and litigation matters, with a strong emphasis on toxic tort defense. Michael has many years of experience in the field of workers’ compensation and has served as both a member and chair of the Oklahoma Advisory Council of Workers’ Compensation.

Michael has defended multi-party asbestos, talc, respirable dust, silica and benzene exposure cases in multiple jurisdictions across the United States, including state courts, federal district courts and federal multi-district litigation. His clients in toxic tort litigation have included equipment manufacturers, distributors, contractors, premises owners, manufacturers of industrial talc, manufacturers of products containing cosmetic talc, manufacturers of joint compound, manufacturers of fire brick, felt, gaskets and kiln-entry suits, manufacturers of motor oil, grease, fuel and lubricants, and manufacturers of welding rods and brazing rods.

In addition, Michael represents management in all areas of the employment relationship, including representation before the EEOC and other federal and state regulatory agencies, mediation and arbitration and litigation in federal and state courts. He also counsels clients in employment matters, including development of employment policies, absence-management, employer immigration compliance, employment contracts, employee handbooks and issues involving professional employer organizations and human resources outsourcing.

Born in Wichita Falls, Texas, and raised in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, Michael resides in Norman, Oklahoma.

  • University of Oklahoma (B.A., 1979)
  • University of Oklahoma College of Law (J.D., 1982)
  • 1982, Oklahoma
  • 1982, U.S. District Court, Northern, Eastern and Western Districts of Oklahoma
  • 1988, U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
  • 1991, U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
  • 1994, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • Oklahoma Bar Association
  • Oklahoma County Bar Association
  • Oklahoma Association of Defense Counsel (President, 2017; Director,1998-2001; 2010-2012; Legislative Director, 2012-2014)
  • Defense Research Institute (Board of Directors, 2021-present; State Representative 2018-2021; State Membership Chair 2017-2018)
  • Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel
  • American Bar Association
  • Oklahoma Advisory Council on Workers’ Compensation (Member, 2007-present; Chair, 2011-present)
  • Oklahoma Indigent Defense System (Board Member, 1999-2001)
  • Luther Bohanon American Inn of Court XXIII (President, 2016-17; Master)
  • Oklahoma Workers’ Compensation Self-Insurance Guaranty Fund (Board Member, 2012-2018)
  • Represented Georgia Talc Company as co-national counsel during National Tire Workers’ Litigation
  • Defended, coordinated and directed the defense of asbestos cases involving over 2,000 plaintiffs in Oklahoma, Ohio, Arkansas, Pennsylvania and Texas
  • CRST Van Expedited, Inc. v. J.B. Hunt: 2006 WL 335765 (Oklahoma counsel for CRST in case involving intentional interference with employment contracts)
  • Hider v. Valero Energy: Obtained unusual dismissal of race discrimination case for Valero in arbitration before JAMS
  • Jackson v. Anchor Packing Co., 994 F.2d 1295 (8th Cir. 1993), (summary judgment for Georgia Talc affirmed)
  • Represents product manufacturers, distributors, contractors and premises owners in asbestos exposure/mesothelioma litigation
  • Represents product manufacturers in talc litigation
  • Represents companies in environmental cleanup/hazard matters
  • Represents product manufacturers in silica/silicosis litigation
  • Represents product manufacturers in benzene exposure/AML litigation
  • Represents employers before the EEOC, and represents of employers in litigation brought by EEOC
  • Represents employers in litigation and arbitration of matters involving breach of employment contracts, wrongful termination, non-compete agreements ADA, and race, sex and age discrimination
  • Represents employers in workers’ compensation matters
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI) Kevin Driskill Outstanding State Representative Award (2021)
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent™
  • Best Lawyers®: Lawyer of the Year in OKC – Insurance Law (2021)
  • Best Lawyers®: Lawyer of the Year in OKC – Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers (2017, 2020)
  • Best Lawyers®: Litigation – Insurance (2022-present)
  • Best Lawyers®: Insurance Law (2021-present)
  • Best Lawyers®: Litigation – Labor and Employment (2020-present)
  • Best Lawyers®: Labor Law – Management (2019-present)
  • Best Lawyers®: Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers (2012-present)

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