Education

  • The University of the South (B.S., 2006)
  • Colorado School of Mines (M.S., 2009)
  • Emory University School of Law (J.D., 2012, with honors)

Admissions

  • District of Columbia and Georgia
  • United States District Court for the District of Nebraska

Carter F. Thurman practices in the Firm’s Complex Litigation, Pharmaceutical Products, and Toxic Torts & Products Liability groups.  As a trial team member, Mr. Thurman's experience includes prosecuting commercial contract claims against a large company that formerly co-owned and operated a chemical plant under both breach of contract and contractual indemnification causes of action with hundreds of millions of dollars at stake.  He has also represented large pharmaceutical companies in products liability litigation, where he has authored a wide variety of motions and briefs, including summary judgment.  He relies on his prior work as a groundwater hydrologist to represent clients in toxic tort and groundwater contamination matters involving various chemicals, including PFAS.

Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Thurman was a trial attorney through the honors program at the United States Department of Justice, Environment and Natural Resources Division. In that role, he litigated complex cases involving NEPA, CAA, Federal Aid Highway Act, Mineral Leasing Act, FLPMA, and the Fifth Amendment takings clause.  He gained significant experience in motions practice, taking and defending fact and expert depositions, and leading e-discovery efforts involving document collection from multiple federal agencies.  He gained significant oral argument and trial experience, including directing and crossing witnesses, and presenting opening and closing arguments.  His work at the Justice Department also included defending agency actions under the APA and defending against challenges to rulemakings.

Following law school, Mr. Thurman clerked at the Atomic Safety and Licensing Board Panel of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission.  While there, he assisted empanelled three-judge boards hearing suits under the Atomic Energy Act and the National Environmental Policy Act, regarding nuclear safety, security, and the environment. 

Mr. Thurman received his J.D. from Emory University School of Law, with honors.  He received his M.S. in Environmental Science and Engineering from Colorado School of Mines, and his B.S. in Natural Resources from The University of the South, where he was a member of the Order of the Gownsmen and a member of the Sewanee Baseball Team.

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