Overview

Kim L. Carter regularly represents California employers in an array of employment related matters, including cases involving wage and hour disputes, claims of discrimination and harassment, sexual battery and assault, wrongful terminations, and Private Attorneys General Act (PAGA) claims. She represents clients in complex class action cases, as well as single plaintiff litigation matters in both federal and state court, and before administrative tribunals. In addition, Kim successfully represents clients in private arbitrations and mediations. 

Kim also conducts independent workplace investigations, typically involving high profile and highly sensitive subject matters. Kim partners with client to advise, represent and train management clients in various other areas of employment and labor law including:

  • Inclusion, equity, and diversity
  • Workplace investigations
  • Collective bargaining
  • Wrongful termination
  • Discrimination, harassment, and retaliation
  • Government compliance audits
  • Employee classification
  • Leave and disability accommodations
  • Personnel performance management and evaluations

Prior to becoming an attorney, Kim was employed by a global insurance carrier, working with human resource and risk managers as a workers’ compensation insurance adjuster. As an insurance adjuster, she oversaw the litigation of high-compensable matters and she forecasted claim exposures to ensure matters were properly valuated and efficiently resolved. In addition, she served as a union shop steward in both government and private sectors. Her prior work experience has allowed Kim to draw from a wealth of knowledge to provide a foundation for her service as a strong and zealous advocate for management clients. 

Professional & Community Affiliations

Vice Chair

Employment Committee

San Diego County Bar Association

2023

Member

Advisory Committee

Women of Color of Law Board

2022-2023

Adjunct Professor

Thomas Jefferson School of Law

2020-2021

News, Analysis & Press

Black Women’s Contributions to American Economy Are Magic

San Diego County Bar Association, San Diego Lawyer

January 2021

US Law Women’s Connection Spotlight

2020

Workplace Discrimination and Eurocentric Beauty Standards

GP Solo

September/October 2019

Speaking Engagements

A Look at Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in the Legal Community

San Diego Consumer Attorneys Recognition and Elimination of Bias MCLE

January 2023

How to Respond to Microaggressions in the Workplace?

DEI Training

December 2022

Is There Bias in the Legal Community Today?

San Diego Consumer Attorneys Ethics and Elimination of Bias MCLE

January 2022

What Time Is It? Proper Employee Classification and Time Record Management

Wage and Hour Training

November 2021-January 2022

Employment Law, the Battle Ground for Civil Rights: What Employers Should Know in the Wake of Civil Unrest & the #BLM Movement

San Diego County Bar Association; Labor & Employment Law Section (MCLE)

August 2020

Education

  • J.D., Thomas Jefferson School of Law, 2011magna cum laude
  • B.A., San Diego State University, 2004

Bar Admission

California

Courts

  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
  • Superior Court of California, County of San Diego