Adam C. Carter

Adam C. Carter

Wheaton, Illinois

Adam Carter has represented corporations and individuals in state and federal courts for over 15 years in the defense of complex tort and commercial litigation, including product liability, aviation litigation, construction litigation, catastrophic loss, professional liability, premises liability, and breach of contract cases.

He is currently an elected member of the Board of Directors of the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel and serves on the IDC Civil Practice Committee and Legislative Committee.

Areas of Practice

  • Construction Law
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Liability
  • Aviation Law
  • Propane and Explosives Litigation
  • Catastrophic Injury and Loss Litigation
  • Environmental Litigation
  • Business Torts and Commercial Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois, 2001
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, 2001
  • United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois, 2017
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin, 2013
  • Pro Hac Vice Admissions in California, Florida, Indiana, Massachusetts, Missouri, Nevada, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, and the United States District Court, Eastern District of Pennsylvania


  • University of Illinois College of Law, Champaign, Illinois
    • J.D. - 2001
    • Honors: cum laude
  • Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois
    • B.A. - 1998
    • Major: English
    • Honors: cum laude

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Board of Directors, Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel, (IDC), 2016 - Present
    • IDC Civil Practice Committee, 2007-Present
    • IDC Legislative Committee, 2015-Present
    • Chair of the IDC Civil Practice Committee, 2013-2017
    • Vice-Chair of the IDC Civil Practice Committee, 2011-2013
  • American Bar Association
  • Claims and Litigation Management Alliance, (CLM)
  • Propane Gas Defense Association

Honors and Awards

  • IDC Meritorious Service Award for service as Chair of Civil Practice Committee, 2016
  • Selected as an Emerging Lawyer in Illinois by Leading Lawyers Network, 2015
  • IDC President’s Commendation for Leadership and Service on IDC Cost & Delay Task Force, 2013
  • International Association of Defense Counsel 2003 Trial Academy Graduate

Past Employment Positions

  • United States Attorney’s Office, Western District of Missouri, Extern, 1999
  • Williams Montgomery & John, Ltd., Chicago, Illinois, 2001-2005
  • Cray Huber Horstman Heil & VanAusdal LLC, Chicago, Illinois, 2005-2017

Publications and Presentations

  • “7 Tips to Understand Construction Contracts,” L&W Supply Corporation’s Blog & News, May 2017
  • “The Use of Artificial Intelligence, Electronic Discovery, Storage and Privacy,” and “Vignettes in Legal Ethics,” Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel, Panel Discussion, November 2016
  • “Just When You Thought You Knew Who You Represented: A New Decision May Upset the Law Regarding Attorney Liability to Third Parties,” IDC Quarterly, Monograph, Volume 26, Number 2, co-author.
  • “How Am I Going to Settle This Case? Alternative Dispute Resolution,” Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel, Panel Discussion, May 2016
  • “Tort Law Update on Illinois and Florida Law,” XL Catlin Continuing Education Presentation, Exton, Pennsylvania, January 2016
  • “Personal Jurisdiction After Daimler AG v. Bauman,” Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel’s Statewide CLE Series, The Outing Club, Davenport, Iowa, April 2015
  • “Simultaneous Disclosure of Experts in Cook County: To What End and At What Cost?” IDC Defense Update, Volume 13, Number 1, March 2012.
  • “Legal Malpractice v. Breach of Fiduciary Duty: Determining the Proper Remedy,” IDC Quarterly, Monograph, First Quarter, 2007.