Philanthropic Foundation Board of Governors

Paul Carter '92

Member At Large

Bergkvist, Bergkvist & Carter LLP

Paul Carter obtained his bachelor of arts degree from California State University, Fullerton in 1992. He then went on to earn a J.D., with honors, from Drake University Law School in 1995.

Mr. Carter is a seasoned litigator with a great amount of experience representing client interests in varying capacities. Paul is admitted before all the Courts in the State of California and the U.S. District Courts for California's Northern and Central Districts.

A specialist in civil litigation and business representation, Mr. Carter represents and defends clients in real estate, business, trust, employment, personal injury matters and related bankruptcy actions. 

He has brought countless cases to verdict in both jury and bench trials, in addition to numerous arbitrations. Mr. Carter utilizes his vast trial experience to develop client strategies and achieve client goals efficiently and expeditiously, while protecting individuals, businesses and their clients from increased litigation costs and the uncertainty of the court system.

Because of his extensive litigation background, Mr. Carter is active in alternative dispute resolution, serving as an administrative hearing officer for the City of Long Beach; a mediator/arbitrator for the Superior Court and the California Arts, Arbitration and Mediation Service through California Lawyers for the Arts. He also serves as a settlement officer for the U.S. District Court, Central District of California, as well as a mediator for the California Court of Appeal and In these capacities, Mr. Carter has presided over more than 800 mediations and arbitrations.

In the community, Mr. Carter has served on the executive committee for the Ball/Hunt Inn of Court; is president-elect of the Long Beach Bar Association; and chairman of the Lincoln Club and of the Board of Trustees for St. Mary Medical Center Foundation; and a member of the Board of Directors for St. Mary Tower, a program that provides residential apartment living to low-income senior citizens. Mr. Carter has served as president of the CSUF Alumni Association and serves on the University's Concert Under the Stars Committee. He is also a member of the Long Beach Yacht Club, where he has served as judge advocate for three years.

While a student at CSUF, Mr. Carter was a docent at the Richard Nixon Library & Birthplace, where he first discovered his interest in Richard Nixon's Southern California life. In 2010, he published "Native Son: Richard Nixon's Southern California," a map biography that is the culmination of years of research and interviews. The map is on sale at the Richard Nixon Library gift shop.

Paul has four children: Bailey, Marissa, Willie and Chris.