J. Kenneth  Carter, Jr.

J. Kenneth Carter, Jr.

  • 803-227-4279

Ken Carter serves as Leader of the firm’s Liability Litigation Practice Group and specializes in defending complex/high exposure cases in the fields of product liability, construct defect and trucking/transportation.

Ken currently serves as a member of the firm’s governing Executive Committee and has done so for the past four years. In his 30-plus years with Turner Padget, Ken has often been recognized within and outside of the firm for his leadership skills as well as his abilities in the courtroom.

Ken and his team represent one of the “Big Three” automotive manufacturers throughout South Carolina. In addition, he and his team defend product manufacturers, component part suppliers and national/regional trucking/transportation companies in high exposure cases in all Courts in South Carolina. He represents clients on both state and regional bases and is relied upon by clients for excellence in litigation advice and trial services. Ken has been recognized by Benchmark, Chambers and Best Lawyers for excellent delivery in legal services.

In addition to an active trial schedule, Ken has served as chair of the Board of Directors for an international legal networking organization - Business Counsel, Inc. - for the past six years and has been a member of BCI for the last 20 years.

  • Led trial teams in all courts in South Carolina in the defense of numerous multi-million dollar exposure matters with an excellent result ratio.
  • Litigates to verdict 2-3 multi week cases in State and Federal courts each year along with numerous smaller cases.
  • University of South Carolina School of Law, J.D., 1989
  • University of South Carolina, B.S., 1984
  • South Carolina Bar, 1989
  • United States District Court for the District of South Carolina, 1990

Professional or Industry Involvement

  • Business Counsel, Inc. - Board Chairman , 2012- present
  • American Bar Association
  • South Carolina Bar Member
  • Defense Research Institute 
  • Richland County Bar Association


  • Chambers USA (2013-2018)
  • Martindale Hubble Peer Review Rating - AV
  • SC Super Lawyers, Personal Injury Defense (2014-2018)
  • Benchmark Litigation Star (2013-2018)
  • Best Lawyers in America, Product Liability Litigation- Defendants (2014-2019)



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Product Liability Litigation

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