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Andrew Charles Carlton

Construction and development Attorney at Lake Forest, CA

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  • Licensed for 23 years
    State CA
    Acquired 2000
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Practice areas
  1. Construction and development
    I am a former general contractor and specialize in the collection of money due to unpaid prime contractors and subcontractors on private and public works projects. To that end, I utilize mechanic's liens, stop payment notices, bond claims, and the applicable contract causes of action to recover money due to contractors. We also represent owners, i.e., public entities, commercial owners, and high-end residential owners in construction claims for defects, delays, or substandard work.

    24 years

  2. Personal injury

    24 years

  3. Business

    24 years

Andrew C. Carlton's professional roots are tied to the construction and real-estate industries. Though Mr. Carlton began his construction experience in 1977, he obtained a real estate license in the mid 1980s and specialized in commercial properties in downtown Los Angeles. In 1989, he obtained his contractor’s license and formed, owned and operated a design/build firm for six years.

Mr. Carlton attended President Nixon's alma mater, Whittier College, where he received L.A. Philanthropic Foundation and Haynes Foundation scholarships, a Certificate of Recognition for Outstanding Graduate in Major, and graduated Summa Cum Laude with a B.A. in History. Mr. Carlton also attended Whittier Law School where he received his Juris Doctorate in 2000. While there, he was a Roy Newsom and Merit Scholarship recipient and received the CALI Excellence For The Future Award for Professional Responsibility and Third-Year Writing.

His Appellate publications include: BFGC Architects Planners, Inc. v. Forcum/Mackey Construction, Inc. et al. (2004) 119 Cal. App. 4th 848; 14 Cal. Rptr. 3d 721 - no right for architect to pursue claim for equitable indemnity against general contractor where no basis for tort liability exists against the proposed general contractor/indemnitor; Force Framing, Inc. v. Chinatrust Bank et al. (2010) 187 Cal. App. 4th 1368 - so long as the information provided in a Preliminary 20-day Notice is obtained from a sufficiently reliable source, such as from the owner, a contractor need not investigate extraneous sources to verify said information; Mepco Services, Inc., v. Saddleback Valley Unified School District, et (2010) 189 Cal. App. 4th 1027 - a contractor may recover attorneys' fees under an attorneys' fees clause contained in a performance bond, despite the absence of an attorney's fees clause in the parties' contract.

Mr. Carlton has lectured on various construction related subjects including "Change Orders in California" (Lorman Education Services), and was published in Los Angeles Lawyer Magazine, "The Tools Available to Contractors for Recovery of Attorney's Fees", in January 2012. He has also authored and published "The ABCs To CYA: Subcontractors (and Material and Equipment Providers) on Private Works" and "The ABCs To CYA: Subcontractors (and Material and Equipment Providers) on Public Works", which are self-help guides for subcontractors and material and equipment providers in California. He has lectured and/or written on various other construction related subjects, as well. Mr. Carlton was voted Affiliate of the Year by the Engineering Contractors Association, in 2011, served on the Engineering Contractors Association's Board of Directors in 2016 and 2017, and was the chairman of the Southern California Contractors Association's Legal Committee in 2014 and 2015.

Mr. Carlton is admitted to practice before all the courts of the State of California, the United States District Court, Central District, the United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, the United States Court of Federal Claims, and also before the Supreme Court of the United States.


Carlton & Alberola
23792 Rockfield Blvd., Suite 101
Lake Forest, CA, 92630

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Posted by Danny | April 15, 2018
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| Consulted Attorney
He's an extraordinary guy!
Barrister Andrew Carlton was very competent and helpful in my decision making with the scenario that presented to him. Aa a result of Mr. Carlson'a advice, his serviced were not required. However, I would most definitely retain his services in the future, should the opportunity present itself. Best Regards, Danny~
Posted by Darryel | April 28, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Andrew Kicked Butt!!!!
I was introduced to Mr. Carlton by a friend of the family when facing a law suit. Andrew proceeded to assist me in filing a counter suit, dealt with the opposing counsel, contractors license board, mediators, insurance attorney's and many emotions! He commanded respect and confidently handled every issue that arose, when he spoke he was heard by all. The outcome was a settlement, which I was very happy with. Andrew kept us informed and feeling confident when facing injustices. His selection of professional inspectors was perfect, and helped our case tremendously. He didn't always tell us what we wanted to hear, but always what we needed to hear. Hearing the pros and cons explained in a manner in which we could completely understand enabled us to make our own decisions with dignity and confidence. We hope we never need to hire an attorney again, but would definitely chose Andrew Carlton!
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Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Carlton & Alberola
  • 2015 - Present
  • Partner
  • Carno & Carlton
  • 2005 - 2015


  • Whittier College School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2000
  • Whittier College
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • N/A


  • Southern California Contractors Association's Legal Committee
  • Chairman
  • 2015 - 2015
  • Southern California Contractors Association's Legal Committee
  • Chairman
  • 2014 - 2014

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • French

Honors and Awards

  • Affiliate of the Year
  • Engineering Contractors Association
  • 2011


  • Los Angeles Lawyer
  • "The Tools Available to Contractors for Recovery of Attorney's Fees"
  • 2012

Speaking Engagements

  • Lecture
  • "Change Orders in California"
  • 2004

Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (7)
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Personal injury Attorney | Oct 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Andrew "Andy" is great at what he does and has been great resource for me in P.I. matters."
Personal injury Attorney | Oct 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Andrew is an excellent personal injury attorney."
Construction and development Attorney | Jul 26
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. There is no other attorney more knowledgeable about construction and construction law than Andrew C. Carlton."
Construction and development Attorney | Dec 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Andrew Carlton. He is a successful Construction/Development and Business attorney who will handle your case both diligently and efficiently."
Construction and development Attorney | Dec 10
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"You would be hard-pressed to find a lawyer more knowledgeable and experienced in construction law than Andy. He is an excellent, aggressive litigator and talented trial attorney."
Construction and development Attorney | Sep 07
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I strongly endorse Andrew as a construction litigation attorney. He is hard working and ethical, and I am pleased to refer clientele to him."
Construction and development Attorney | Aug 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Andy is a former general contractor. He is my "go to" guy when contractor clients get in trouble--from litigation to collections, Andy does it all superbly!"
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Lake Forest Construction and development Lawyer Andrew Charles Carlton
Andrew Charles Carlton
Construction and development Attorney
Lake Forest, CA
Licensed for 23 years