About the Firm

Carlton Fields serves business clients in key industries across the country and around the globe. Through our core practices, we help our clients grow their businesses and protect their vital interests.

Our national and international litigation teams are well equipped to handle the most complex business trials, arbitrations, and appeals. We have developed especially deep experience in the defense of class actions and mass actions, white collar representation, high-stakes business litigation, and government investigations. We have tried more than 1,500 cases to judgment or verdict and defended several hundred class actions across the country. We are one of only a handful of firms that have actually tried major class action cases. In the life insurance and financial product liability areas alone, our financial services industry attorneys have handled more than 300 class actions.

The cases we handle cut across every subject area, including consumer and business fraud, Foreign Corrupt Practice Act enforcement, contracts, shareholder disputes, antitrust, insurance, securities, products liability, construction, real estate, creditors’ rights and bankruptcy, labor and employment, intellectual property, health care, telecommunications, energy, constitutional claims, international and domestic arbitration, and federal and state governmental disputes.

Our firm also advises clients on sophisticated business transactions across a range of issues and industries. With a strong presence in Atlanta, Los Angeles, New York, Washington, D.C., and Miami, we offer focused guidance on domestic and international matters and handle a wide variety of transactions for clients throughout the country and internationally. We counsel them on matters related to mergers and acquisitions, securities, tax planning, and ERISA, and provide state regulatory counseling to clients in the life insurance and financial services sectors, the energy sector, and other key industries.

We also cater to high-growth clients, including technology-based companies, advising them on capital formation, debt financing, corporate governance and transactions, mergers and acquisitions, securities compliance and disclosures, tax planning, and cyber-security concerns. Additionally, we offer our business clients the guidance they need to identify and protect their tangible and intangible assets, including intellectual property, and to manage their immigration and labor and employment issues. We also handle all phases of real property site acquisition and disposition, financing, permitting, and development.

Our government consultants have extensive expertise dealing with federal and state regulators, legislative bodies, and executive agencies on a wide range of issues, including insurance and tort reform, health care, financial regulation, government investigations, and enforcement actions.


Key Industries Served

Our insurance group is forged from the complementary and highly ranked practices of our legacy firms, Carlton Fields and Jorden Burt. We offer unmatched depth and focus in insurance product development and protection, regulatory guidance, and insurance-related litigation. With an emphasis on property and casualty lines, Carlton Fields’ insurance practice has been ranked No. 1 by Chambers for 13 consecutive years. Jorden Burt, with its strong life and financial lines practice, has garnered numerous accolades, including recognition for its insurance industry practice in a recent BTI Consulting Group Power Elite survey of general counsel at Fortune 1000 companies.

Health Care
Our health care attorneys are compliance and reform authorities who advise clients on federal and state statutory and regulatory obligations, transactions, and disputes. We represent extensive hospital systems, ACOs, and other health care providers and organizations in mergers and acquisitions, regulatory compliance, joint venture transactions, labor relations, federal enforcement actions, and other significant controversies.

Our construction law group has advised on major construction projects throughout the country and internationally, representing owners, contractors, subcontractors, architects, and other professionals in contract development and negotiation, regulatory representation, and dispute resolution. We are consistently ranked among the top construction practices in the United States.

Real Estate and Finance
With roots in the Sunbelt, which continues to benefit from explosive business and residential growth and development, our real estate and finance attorneys have vast expertise in all phases of site identification, acquisition, disposition, permitting, financing, and regulation. We assist clients through all phases of the business cycle.  We represent developers, owners, and lenders in a vast array of real estate and infrastructure projects, including public and private partnerships, and other developments nationally and internationally.

Our attorneys counsel large corporate clients, as well as start-ups that operate in all sectors of manufacturing, including food, beverage, dietary supplements, and personal care products; aviation; auto; chemicals; pharmaceuticals and medical devices; tobacco; and raw materials, including asbestos.

Banking and Consumer Finance
We have extensive experience counseling and representing banks, finance companies, and other financial service industry clients in state, federal, and bankruptcy court litigation, arbitration, regulatory matters, and lending transactions.

We serve the regulatory, transactional, enforcement, and litigation needs of securities industry clients, including issuers, investment advisers, and broker-dealers. Our integrated approach draws on the collective experience of our business, regulatory, and litigation attorneys. Several members of our team have previous work experience as Securities and Exchange officials, and within the securities industry.

We are dedicated to addressing the full spectrum of technology companies’ legal needs. Our technology lawyers’ deep experience includes complex corporate finance transactions (both equity and debt); corporate acquisitions and divestitures; all types of litigation brought and faced by technology companies; protecting intellectual property; and licensing, distribution, outsourcing, and similar transactions that directly and indirectly exploit our clients’ technology.

We have extensive experience representing Internet, cable, local, wireless, and long distance telecommunications providers as well as numerous manufacturers and suppliers to the communications industry. Our team is led by a former telecom industry senior executive.  We understand our clients’ businesses, and leverage our knowledge when representing them in transactions, regulatory matters, and proceedings before federal and state courts, local governmental bodies, and state and federal agencies.