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Adam Carter is a seasoned courtroom attorney who has won numerous cases at trial and on appeal. For most of his career he has focused his practice on the representation of employees and whistleblowers.

Mr. Carter represents clients who bring claims against their employers involving fraud, wrongful termination, retaliation, and discrimination of all sorts. A skilled negotiator, he frequently helps high-ranking executives to reach agreement with their companies at crucial career moments such as hiring, promotion, and separation.

Mr. Carter has deep experience representing service members and veterans who face bias from their employers, including defense contractors and government agencies. He also has a particular interest in helping employees who battle discrimination at educational institutions, including high schools and universities.

Among his notable outcomes for clients:

  • An $819,000 jury verdict for a university scientist who suffered retaliation after blowing the whistle on misuse of federal research grants
  • An appeals court ruling that employer statements about “energetic, future people” may be evidence of age bias
  • Success at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit for a U.S. Army reservist who suffered retaliation at a government agency because of his military service
  • A favorable outcome — including an award of attorney fees — in an EEOC sexual harassment case against U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
  • An appellate ruling that whistleblowers have an absolute right to move to federal court if the U.S. Department of Labor takes too long to act on their complaints
  • An $830,000 jury verdict for a former Marine Corps pilot of Mexican ancestry who was dismissed by Lockheed Martin after contesting a performance review

Just as important as such victories, however, are the many settlements he has negotiated without courtroom conflict.

“I see myself as a problem solver,” says Mr. Carter. “I like to help good people get through bad situations — and since there’s not much I haven’t seen by now, I often can help them take the fastest route to the best result.”

Mr. Carter represents clients in a wide range of venues, from federal courts to state courts to arbitration. Earlier in his career he used to defend individuals and corporations in white-collar criminal cases, which gives him insight into the tactics of opposing counsel in whistleblower actions under the False Claims Act, among other laws. He has represented dozens of qui tam relators who bring fraud claims to the attention of government investigators.

Mr. Carter is a graduate of Georgetown University and the Georgetown University Law Center. He served as law clerk to the Hon. Oliver Gasch of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. He is admitted to practice law in the District of Columbia, Virginia, and Maryland, and in many federal courts around the nation — including the U.S. Supreme Court.

He is a member of the National Employment Lawyers Association, the Metropolitan Washington Employment Lawyers Association, the Barristers, and the Counsellors, and he is an active participant in the Archdiocesan Pro Bono Legal Network in Washington, D.C.


New Rights for D.C. Employees Under COVID-19 Emergency Laws, , Jun-2020

In a Bind: The Unintended Consequences of Non-Compete Agreements on Damages Mitigation, The Employment Law Group, P.C., Mar-2016

Breast Cancer – Know Your Legal Protections, Zestnow, Oct-2015

E pluribus unum: Individual liability in securities fraud cases, Westlaw Journal Securities Litigation and Regulation, Aug-2015

Generic Whistleblower Laws Leave Mortgage Workers Underprotected, National Mortgage News, Jul-2015

When Banks Don’t Do the Right Thing: Employee Options, Westlaw Journal White-Collar Crime, May-2015

The Greatest Article Ever Written on Puffery!, The Corporate Counselor, May-2015

Chipping Away at the Glass Ceiling: An overview of employee protections for women in the workplace, The NAWIC IMAGE, Mar-2015

Chipping Away at the Glass Ceiling: An Overview of Employee Protections for Women in the Workplace, MomsRising.org, Feb-2015

The Family and Medical Leave Act: Making the Most of Your Protections, MomsRising.org, Jan-2015

Forced Arbitration Clauses as Condition of Employment, Bloomberg BNA Daily Labor Report, Nov-2014

Back on the Job: Employee Protections Following a Breast Cancer Diagnosis, MomsRising.org , Oct-2014

Post-Employment Retaliation: The ‘Gift’ That Keeps on Giving?, The Corporate Counselor, Sep-2014

Act Aims to Bolster Rights of Sexual-Assault Victims in the Military, American Bar Association Section of Litigation: Employment and Labor Relations - News and Developments, Jun-2014

Risks In Fighting Whistleblowers Over Confidentiality, Law360, Mar-2014

Current Trends in Trade Secret Litigation, SHRM.org (Society for Human Resource Management), Mar-2014

Given claws by Staub, ‘cat’s paw’ reaches into state courts, Westlaw Journal Employment, Feb-2014

Notes On: Can I Be a Whistleblower If I Already Signed a Nondisclosure Agreement?, Labor Law Journal, Jan-2014

Smooth Transitions for Servicemembers: USERRA Protections, Law 360, Nov-2012

Litigating Claims Under the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act, The Employee Advocate, Oct-2010

Combating Claims of Computer Fraud and Abuse, Workplace Law Report, Nov-2009

Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act, Avvo, Dec-2008

Media Mentions

UVA responds to gender discrimination suit, , Jan-1970

U-Va. official sues school for alleged gender discrimination, , Jan-1970

Building a Business of Law, , Jun-2016

Downside of Noncompetes: Higher Damages, Corporate Counsel, May-2016

Former Lockheed employee prevails over company in retaliation lawsuit, Gazette.net, Apr-2015

Lockheed must pay Hispanic former Marine pilot $830,000 in retaliation suit, Westlaw Journal Employment, Mar-2015

Ex-Lockheed employee gets $830K in retaliation suit, The Daily Record, Mar-2015

Md.: $830,000 Awarded Against Lockheed for Retaliation, SHRM, Mar-2015

Ex-Lockheed Employee Wins Verdict In National Original Suit, Law360, Mar-2015

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, MomsRising.org, Ciao Bella Magazine, Bicultural Mama, Generation X Blog, and Moms Who Blog., Oct-2014

Post-Firing Evidence Can Be A Potent Limit On Bias Damages, Law360, Oct-2014

Firm Will Regret Not Firing Atty Over Anti-Gay Email: Experts Say, Law360, Sep-2014

The Morning Risk Report: Tale of Two Whistleblowers, The Wall Street Journal: The Morning Risk Report, Aug-2014

4 Signs You’re Being Sexually Harassed at Work Without Knowing It, You Beauty, Jul-2014

Former Employee Files Suit Against Washington County Humane Society, The Herald-Mail, Jan-2014

Speaking Engagements

Employment Law: When is a good time to call a lawyer?, Catholic Charities Archdiocese of Washington , Feb-2018

Individual Liability in the US Banking Industry, Bloomberg BNA, May-2015

Virginia Bar Association Mediation Seminar, Virginia Bar Association, Mar-2015

Employment and Labor and Litigation Forums: At Sword’s Point – Employment Litigation Perspectives From the Plaintiffs’ and Management Bars, Association of Corporate Counsel - National Capital Region, Feb-2015

SHRM Legal Academy: Practical Advice On How To Do It Legally, , Feb-2015

Mediation: Make It Worth It, Women's Bar Association of the District of Columbia, Oct-2014

Exceptions to the Employment-at-Will Doctrine in Washington, DC, DC Bar, Jul-2014

Conducting EEO Internal Investigations, Law Seminars International TeleBriefing, Apr-2012

The Defense Playbook 2011, National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA), Jul-2011

Attorney Fee Petitions, National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA), Jun-2010

Best Practices: Attorney’s Fees Petitions, National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA), Jun-2010


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"A superior level of expertise in a complex area of the law"

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"Adam was responsive"


"Thorough knowledge of the law"


"Rare individuals"


"I couldn't be happier with Mr. Carter as my lawyer"


"Adam Carter helped me stand up for justice."


"Mr. Carter has a knack for understanding a case's details"


"A force to be reckoned with"

Adam Augustine Carter Principal

Adam Augustine Carter


Georgetown University Law Center
JD (1991)
American Criminal Law Review, 1989-1991 (Editor-in-Chief, Vol. 28)

Georgetown University
AB (1987)

– Former Client

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