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Personal Injury / Business Law / Commercial Litigation / Criminal Law / Family Law / Mediation

As your lawyers at Douglas & Carter, we treat every case with the attention it deserves.  When a client of ours has been wronged, we take it personally.  We work efficiently and tirelessly to make our clients whole.

Call for a FREE consultation (Se Habla Español):

386-752-5511 or 954-527-5511

Have you experiencing personal injury due to an accident? Do you know your legal rights?

At Douglas & Carter, you are not just a number. Our attorneys are always available to discuss your case and help you through what can be very difficult time.

Call for a FREE consultation (Se Habla Español):

386-752-5511 or 954-527-5511

Are you starting a new business? Do you need a trusted partner?

Whether you need help with corporate formation, expansion, licensing or other legal questions that come with operating a business, Douglas & Carter can help.

Who We Are

As your lawyer at Douglas & Carter, we bring our wide variety of legal experience together to provide you efficient and effective legal representation and counseling. Our attorneys' experience ranges from representing Fortune 500 companies in multi-million dollar lawsuits to representing injured individuals and counseling small, family-owned businesses. When our clients or their businesses have been injured, wronged, accused or otherwise damaged, we take it personally. While we cannot guarantee the success of any given venture, we do promise to provide honest, competent and zealous legal representation.

386-752-5511 954-527-5511
  • E. Vernon Douglas
  • Sara Jane Carter
  • Patrick V. Douglas
  • E. Vernon Douglas

    E. Vernon Douglas prides himself on solving problems. He has been a member of the Florida Bar for forty years and puts his experience to good use for his business and individual clients. Mr. Douglas joins Douglas & Carter after serving as a Circuit Court Judge for 36 years. He practices in a wide variety of high-stakes litigation including commercial, family and criminal litigation. Mr. Douglas also offers his services as a mediator.

    As a judge, Mr. Douglas presided over hundreds of trials including capital murder cases. Before sitting on the bench, Mr. Douglas practiced criminal defense and he continues that practice with Douglas & Carter.

    Mr. Douglas wrote the Family Visitation Schedule which was adopted by the Third Judicial Circuit in 1990 and remains the standard for the judges and attorneys of the Third Judicial Circuit. Mr. Douglas also served on Florida's Supreme Court Steering Committee for Children and Families in Court.

    Mr. Douglas is a graduate of the University of Florida and Stetson College of Law, with Honors, where he was a member of the Stetson Law Review.

    Mr. Douglas is extremely active in the community in which he was raised. He founded and produced 20 North Florida Charity Air Shows and was president of the International Council of Air Shows. He tserved as a Green Beret in the United States Army Special Forces. Mr. Douglas has also been recognized as the Rotary Citizen of the Year in Lake City, Florida.

  • Sara Jane Carter

    Sara Jane Carter is a relentless advocate and litigator. She is a fifth-generation North Floridian. She has gained considerable experience working for nation- and state-wide law firms. Her vast experience includes representing large corporations and insurance companies in complex civil ligation matters in the areas of premises liability, nursing home defense, banking litigation, aviation law, real estate litigation and construction defect litigation. Ms. Carter continues to represent clients for their business needs. She also employs this experience to help injured people receive adequate compensation and be made whole.

    Ms. Carter has considerable experience with business transactions and corporate formation as well as handling matters concerning wills, trusts and estates. In law school at Florida Coastal School of Law, Ms. Carter was a Contracts Teaching Assistant, Family Law Teaching and Research Assistant and as a Constitutional Law Research Assistant. She earned the Trial Practice Winning Team Award. Ms. Carter graduated from Florida State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Food and Nutrition Science with an emphasis in Dietetics, as well as Minors in English and Business.

    In addition to her law practice, Ms. Carter is co-owner and manager of a fifth-generation, family-owned timber farm.

    Ms. Carter is a volunteer and board member for Guardian Ad Litem, helping give a voice to children in the legal system. She is also a member of the National Association of Professional Women.

    • Florida
    • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
    • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida
  • Patrick V. Douglas

    Patrick is a fourth-generation Floridian who prides himself on providing honest, metered and competent advice to his clients. Mr. Douglas practices defending corporations and insurance companies in auto liability, medical malpractice, premises liability, and product liability cases. He also worked for a national construction and commercial litigation law firm. His insight gained as a defense attorney enables Patrick to very effectively represent his clients and anticipate arguments and strategies employed by the defense. Patrick has been involved in numerous personal injury cases and has achieved successful resolutions of their cases in pre-suit, mediation, and at trial.

    In addition to his considerable litigation experience, Mr. Douglas routinely assists businesses and individuals with wills and probate matters, business formation and operating agreements, as well as landlord-tenant issues.

    Mr. Douglas also serves on the executive board for the Broward County Bar Association Young Lawyers Section. Mr. Douglas was born and raised in Lake City, Florida and attended Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, where he received his Bachelor of Science, with University Honors, from the Marriott School of Business Management (English Minor). During his undergraduate studies, Mr. Douglas spent two years as a full-time volunteer in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He received his Juris Doctorate from Florida State University, where he was selected as a member of the Mock Trial Team as well as the Journal of Transnational Law and Policy.

    Mr. Douglas is fluent in Spanish and is an avid tennis player. He also gives of his time volunteering with local charity organizations.

    • Florida
    • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
    • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida
    • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
What We Do
  • Personal Injury
  • Business Law
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Criminal Law
  • Family Law
  • Douglas & Carter represents those who have been injured due to the negligence of others. At Douglas & Carter, you are not just a number. Our attorneys are always available to discuss your case and help you through what can be very difficult time. You case will be handled by an attorney who believes in your case and will give you helpful and candid counsel so that you can make the most informed decision when it comes time to settle or move forward to trial.

    Attorneys Sara Jane Carter and Patrick V. Douglas have spent years defending companies who were sued for causing injuries to people. That experience is invaluable as Ms. Carter and Mr. Douglas evaluate your case. They are able to quickly identify the strength and weaknesses and anticipate the defendants’ legal arguments. If you or someone you know has been injured due to the negligence of others, you want Douglas & Carter on your team. Call or e-mail us for a free consultation.

  • Douglas & Carter successfully represents clients ranging from start-up and small family businesses to established corporations. Whether you need help with corporate formation, expansion, licensing or other legal questions that come with operating a business, Douglas & Carter can help. Our attorneys will gain a thorough understanding of your business and its needs and chart a path to help you with your business and legal needs. We value a long-term relationship with your business and you can be assured that we understand the bottom line and will work to add value to your company through efficient and effective legal representation.

    Below are some examples of Douglas & Carter’s business lawyer services:

    • Forming a New Business: counseling related to choice of business entity; creation of partnership and operating agreements; creation of organization’s formation documents: articles of incorporation, bylaws, resolutions, etc.

    • Shareholder and Co-Owner disputes.

    • Negotiating Vendor Contracts.

    • Employment Matters: drafting employee handbooks, employment contracts and counseling related to employment disputes.

    • License Procurement and Disputes.

    E-mail or Call for your free consultation.

  • If your company is involved in a serious commercial litigation matter, you will want Douglas & Carter on your team. Our attorneys have successfully litigated and negotiated on behalf of Fortune 500 companies as well as small, family-owned businesses. We are trained in trial practice and have extensive experience in state and federal courts. With Douglas & Carter, you will receive “big firm” experience with our small firm service. Most importantly, our representation is focused on results. We will absolutely go to trial on your case if that will produce the best result. However, we will present a plan at the beginning of our representation that is geared toward producing the best result through the most stream-lined route possible.

    Below are some examples of commercial litigation matters in which Douglas & Carter can help your company:

    • Construction: Our attorneys have represented multi-national general contractors as well as subcontractors, big and small. Our representation is focused on securing your rights and ensuring that you receive adequate compensation for your services.

    • Real-Estate Litigation

    • Labor & Employment

    • Environmental

    • Insurance Disputes

    • Professional Responsibility Litigation.

    E-mail or Call for your free consultation.

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  • E. Vernon Douglas heads the firm’s Criminal Defense practice. Before serving as a judge, Mr. Douglas was a criminal defense attorney. Later, as a judge for 36 years, he presided over all aspects of criminal proceedings. Mr. Douglas is intimately aware of all of the factors that affect your case and is a skilled an able negotiator and litigator. Douglas & Carter knows that a criminal charge can permanently affect your life and we will work tirelessly to produce the best outcome for you—and we will do so at a fair price. Call or e-mail us for a free consultation.

  • E. Vernon Douglas heads the firm’s Family practice. Mr. Douglas has several decades of experience with family law issues and will put that experience to work for you. He prides himself on working toward the solution in the most efficient way possible. Douglas & Carter knows that nothing is more important than family and we treat your case with the care it deserves at a price you can afford. Call or e-mail us for a free consultation.

  • North Florida
  • 177 NW Madison St., Lake City, FL 32055
  • Phone: 386 752-5511 Fax: 954-200-6886

  • 3955 Riverside Avenue, Suite 2I
    Jacksonville, FL 32205
  • Phone: (904) 201-8226

  • South Florida
  • 101 NE 3rd Avenue, Suite 1500,
    Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
  • Phone: 954 527-5511 Fax: 954-200-6886

Mr. E. Vernon Douglas offers his services as a mediator for any of your civil matters. Mr. Douglas does not charge for travel within 80 miles and mediations may be held at Douglas & Carter's office at no additional charge. Mediations may be canceled, without penalty, more than 48 hours before the scheduled mediation. For more information, please contact our office.

Please call for Mr. Douglas’ rates and to schedule an appointment.

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