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GARY CARTER


ENTERGY New Orleans, La. T


hroughout his legal career, Gary Carter has tried not to look too far ahead.


“I’ve learned that when I


concentrate on doing my best work, opportunities open up to me. Of course, I have aspirations and a general sense of how I want my career to develop, but I focus on the matters at hand,” says Carter, senior counsel at Entergy Corporation, the New Orleans- based utility company with annual revenues of more than $11 billion and approximately 14,000 employees. Carter describes working


in-house at Entergy as the best of both worlds. He not only receives the mentoring and support that a Fortune 500 company can provide, but he’s also able to handle and try casualty and commercial cases, often as fi rst chair. He uses this experience and the resulting skill set to provide exceptional service not only to Entergy, but also to help others in his community. As the co-leader of Entergy’s


Pro Bono Initiative, Carter helped Entergy earn the Law Department of the Year honor from the New Orleans Pro Bono Project. Carter says he truly embraces the moral responsibili- ties of being a lawyer. “Regardless of work load, every lawyer has a responsibility to provide legal services to persons of limited means,” Carter explains. T e


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Regardless of work load, every lawyer has a responsibility to provide legal services to persons of limited means.


native New Orleanian counts social responsibility as his chief reason for going to law school, and since graduating from Tulane


Law School in 2002, he has actively participated in non- profi t organizations dedicated to improving the New Orleans area.


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