Carter applies strategic creativity, flexible approach styles, and resolve to help clients navigate investigations, disputes, and other legal battles.

Get To Know Carter

Carter’s practice concentrates on healthcare law, medical malpractice defense, regulatory matters, and general civil litigation. He has jury trial experience in federal and state courts, and has successfully guided practitioners through numerous matters before the Department of Health Professions. While Carter has been helping healthcare providers and institutions for over a decade, he also serves as counsel for utilities, construction companies, and other organizations and individuals.

A native of Franklin County, Va., Carter enlisted in the U.S. Army after college and earned his commission through Officer Candidate School. He then spent five years on active duty before going to law school. Carter is currently a colonel in the Virginia Army National Guard, and serves as the state judge advocate for the Commonwealth.

After he joined Woods Rogers in 2009, Carter’s National Guard unit was called for a deployment in Afghanistan where he was an operational law attorney and assisted in the prosecution of insurgents. In 2013, Woods Rogers received an Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR) Patriot Award in connection with Carter’s service.

Carter deployed again in 2015-2016 where he served as the chief of military justice for a formation of over 12,000 soldiers, then again in 2021-2022 to be the deputy staff judge advocate for Operation Spartan Shield.


  • Medical Malpractice Defense: Defended nephrologist and practice in $5,000,000 case where jury returned a defense verdict.
  • Helped physicians, dentists, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, nurses and a hospital respond to investigations and achieve positive results.
  • Obtained early dismissal of a case turning on novel issues of whether helping a discharged patient out of a wheelchair, in a hospital parking lot, fell under medical malpractice statute and whether expert testimony would be required to establish the applicable standard of care.
  • Helped operator of hydroelectric project resolve disputes with shoreline property owners, and when necessary, acquire injunctive relief.
  • Successfully defended town manager accused of withholding a public document in violation of the Freedom of Information Act.



University of Richmond School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude

Washington and Lee University, B.S.



U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Virginia

U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit

U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Virginia

U.S. District Court, Western District of Virginia


  • Roanoke Bar Association
  • Virginia Association of Defense Attorneys
  • Virginia Bar Association

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