Stephen C. Carleton

Stephen C. Carleton

Baton Rouge, Louisiana
877-443-9889 (fax)

Stephen C. Carleton was born in Lake Charles, Louisiana, October 23, 1958. Mr. Carleton is an accomplished trial attorney with extensive litigation experience in jury trials and judge trials across the State of Louisiana in his thirty three year career as a litigator. Mr. Carleton practices primarily in the areas of products liability, labor and employment law, construction, and business self-insured and insurance defense claims, including defending legacy oilfield, environmental/"toxic tort", maritime and other offshore personal injury claims as well as a variety of other claims against Chevron Corporation, Chevron U.S.A. Inc. and numerous businesses insured by the Hartford Insurance Company and other major carriers. He has successfully defended manufacturers and sellers in numerous products liability cases. His labor and employment experience includes the successful defense of both public clients, the State of Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development ("DOTD") and private business owners involved in claims of discrimination and harassment as well as retaliatory discharge and civil service just cause litigation.

Mr. Carleton is admitted to practice before all Louisiana state and federal courts, the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeal and before the United States Supreme Court. He is rated AV by Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating, the highest rating awarded, in recognition of his highly regarded legal skills and professional ethics.

Litigation Percentage

  • 80% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Louisiana, 1984
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Louisiana
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Louisiana
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Eastern District of Louisiana
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Middle District of Louisiana
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court Western District of Louisiana
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court


  • Louisiana State University Law Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
    • J.D. - 1984
  • Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
    • B.A. - 1981

Representative Clients

  • Belmont Homes
  • Bituminous Insurance Company
  • Blue Haven Pools
  • CITGO Petroleum Corp
  • Cavalier Homes
  • Chevron U.S.A., Inc.
  • Diesel Driving Academy, Inc.
  • Hartford Insurance Company
  • Jones, Lang, LaSalle Americas
  • Liberty Mutual Group
  • Mazda North American Operations
  • Mitsubishi Motors North America
  • Pride Energy Company
  • Republic Group Insurance
  • Sedgwick Claims Management Services, Inc.
  • State of Louisiana
  • USHA Martin Americas, Inc.

Honors and Awards

  • AV by Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Baton Rouge Bar Association, Member
  • Louisiana State Bar Association, Member
  • Louisiana Association of Defense Counsel, Member