David Carpenter is a senior associate in the firm’s Litigation & Trial Practice Group. He concentrates his practice in general business and commercial litigation, with special focus on class action defense, business torts, contract disputes, products liability and intellectual property matters. Mr. Carpenter has served as lead counsel and assisted in all phases of the litigation process in Georgia’s state and federal district and bankruptcy courts and has been involved in matters in federal courts throughout the country.
Mr. Carpenter received his J.D. from Vanderbilt University in 2007. Prior to law school, he worked in the public relations departments for the Colorado Rockies and the Atlanta Braves, providing media relations assistance, statistical research and support for the baseball operations departments of two major league baseball teams. Mr. Carpenter also worked as a student assistant in the sports information department at Duke University, where he received his B.A. in history in 2002.
- Serves as a member of the national counsel team in large scale, automotive products liability and consumer class action MDL and state court coordinated proceedings involving nearly 200 nationwide class actions.
- Currently serves as lead defense counsel of Fortune 500 software company in false arrest action in Georgia state court in dispute resulting from incident involving police department’s use of client’s software.
- Successfully negotiated favorable settlement as lead counsel in matter defending Atlanta based real estate developer in multimillion-dollar business dispute.
- Assisted in representation of Atlanta-based heating and air conditioning company as plaintiff in trial that resulted in jury verdict in excess of $13 million in Lanham Act (trademark infringement), unfair competition and breach of contract case in federal district court against a Fortune 500 company.
- Drafted successful appellate briefs for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit and the Georgia Court of Appeals in cases concerning sufficiency of trial court's punitive damages award and jury instructions, the trial court's jurisdiction under the due process provisions of the U.S. Constitution and the Georgia long arm statute, and a landlord's duty to provide protection for its commercial tenants.
- Experience representing commercial lenders, landlords, construction firms and other business entities in a variety of commercial disputes.