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Since graduating from The University of Texas School of Law in 1984, Darryl Carter has successfully tried a broad cross-section of civil cases before judges, juries and arbitration panels. He has gotten excellent results for a range of clients, from  doctors, lawyers, inventors, and business executives, to employees in the construction, distribution, software and healthcare fields. Legal matters that Mr. Carter has resolved favorably, through either trial or settlement, include: complex business litigation, defamation, legal malpractice, partnership disputes, shareholder matters, wrongful termination, discrimination, Sarbanes-Oxley retaliation, whistleblower, and serious personal injury.


Mr. Carter's practice focuses on representing plaintiffs in business and employment litigation. In May 2009, Mr. Carter was lead trial counsel for a patent holder in a legal malpractice case against a big international law firm. The jury returned one of the largest legal malpractice verdicts ever in Texas, and the case settled confidentially before entry of judgment. The National Law Journal/Verdict Search in March 2010 released its annual list of the Top 100 jury verdicts in the U.S. This case was ranked as the 25th largest verdict in the nation for 2009.


Mr. Carter was co-counsel in obtaining for three law firms a major arbitration award. Tanox, Inc v. Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld L.L.P., et al., 105 S.W.3d 244 (Tex.App.-Houston [14th Dist.] 2003, pet. denied).


Mr. Carter is a frequent speaker at Continuing Legal Education seminars hosted by law schools and bar associations across the state, including the State Bar of Texas, the Texas Center for the Judiciary, The University of Texas School of Law, the University of Houston Law School, South Texas College of Law, the Houston Bar Association, and the Dallas Bar Association.


Mr. Carter has been named by Texas Monthly Magazine as a "Texas Super Lawyer." "Super Lawyers" constitute the top 5 percent of attorneys in each state, as chosen by their peers and through the independent research of Law & Politics. Mr. Carter was also listed among the "Best Lawyers in America" in 2007-2016. Houstonia magazine included Mr. Carter in its list of Houston's "Top Lawyers" from 2013 to 2015. The firm of Carter & Bachynsky, L.L.P., is rated by U.S. News & World Report as a first-tier "Best Law Firm" in Houston.


Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 60%
  2. Employment: 20%
  3. Discrimination: 10%
  4. Business: 10%

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Carter & Bachynsky, L.L.P.

440 Louisiana, Suite 900
Houston, TX, 77002


TXEligible To Practice In Texas 198401/09/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Best LawyersBest Lawyers in America2016
Houston Top LawyerHoustonia Magazine2015
Best LawyersBest Lawyers in America2015
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Houston Top LawyerHoustonia Magazine2014
Houston Top LawyerHoustonia Magazine2013
Best LawyersBest Lawyers in America2013
Best LawyersBest Lawyers in America2012
Texas Super LawyerLaw & Politics Magazine2012
Texas Super LawyerLaw & Politics Magazine2011
Best LawyersBest Lawyers in America2011
Best LawyersBest Lawyers in America2010
Texas Super LawyerLaw & Politics Magazine2010
Texas Super LawyerLaw & Politics Magazine2009
Best LawyersBest Lawyers in America2009
Texas Super LawyerLaw & Politics Magazine2008
Best LawyersBest Lawyers in America2008
Texas Super LawyerLaw & Politics Magazine2007
Best LawyersBest Lawyers in America2007
Texas Super LawyerLaw & Politics Magazine2006
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Texas School of LawDoctor of Jurisprudence/Juris Doctor (J.D.)N/A1984
University of HoustonPolitical ScienceB.S.1980
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Center for Women in LawLeadership Boot Camp2012
Annual SeminarCommunicating With Lawyers and Persuading Juries2011
Labor & Employment Law ConferenceEmployment Contracts and Separation Agreements2010
Judicial SeminarA Lawyer's View of What Judges Can Do to Make Life Easier for Lawyers and Juries2010
HBA Continuing Legal EducationChampion of the Overprivileged: Tricks and Traps in Representing Corporate Executives2009
Labor & Employment Law ConferenceArbitration and Jury Waiver Update2007
Labor & Employment Law ConferenceLitigating Employment Cases from the Plaintiff's Perspective2004
Labor & Employment Law ConferenceContingent Employees and Leasing2003
Nuts and Bolts of Employment Law SeminarEmployment Torts and Wrongful Discharges2002
Labor & Employment Law ConferenceLitigating Wrongful Discharge Cases - Plaintiff's Perspective2001
Labor & Employment Law ConferenceEvaluating Plaintiffs, Sizing Up Defendants2000