William Paul Mason was admitted to the State Bar of Georgia in 1989. Mr. Mason has gained extensive trial experience in complex civil litigation matters, and he has successfully conducted over 100 jury and nonjury trials, arbitrations, and mediations. Mr. Mason has obtained settlements and judgments exceeding $10,000,000.00, with an individual settlement of over $2,500,000.00.
Mr. Mason has represented clients at all levels of state and federal trial and appellate courts in Georgia, as well as in federal courts in the Alabama, California, District of Columbia, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Washington, and state trial courts in Alabama, Florida, Mississippi, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas.
Mr. Mason’s clients include Fortune 100 companies, publicly traded businesses, large privately held businesses, startup businesses, as well as individuals. Mr. Mason’s practice is comprised of complex civil litigation and serving as outside general counsel to small and medium sized businesses.
Mr. Mason volunteered his time as appointed counsel in misdemeanor cases for the Gwinnett County Indigent Defense program.
He also has used his extensive musical background to venture into entertainment law, representing the band, Roman Candle. In addition, Mr. Mason has attended multiple Gerry Spence Regional Trial Lawyers College seminars, and is a member of the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association.
Mr. Mason graduated cum laude from Western Carolina University in 1984 with a B.S. degree in criminal justice. In 1989, he graduated from the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University, where he was Administrative Editor for the Mercer Law Review, a teacher’s assistant, and writer for the Legal Eagle, the law school’s newspaper
William D. “Chip” Carter, Jr. was admitted to the State Bar of Georgia in 2000, and joined Mason Bahr LLP in 2004. Prior to that, Mr. Carter was associated with two Gwinnett County law firms, where he practiced primarily in the areas of probate and fiduciary litigation and estate planning.
Mr. Carter practices primarily in the areas of estate and wealth planning, fiduciary litigation, probate law, corporate law, real estate law and civil litigation. Mr. Carter also assists clients with respect to charitable planning and giving techniques. Utilizing his musical background, Mr. Carter is called upon to advise members of the Atlanta arts community on issues such as contract formation, intellectual property rights and employment matters.
Mr. Carter is a frequent speaker for civic and charitable organizations regarding wealth and estate planning matters. He has been a presenter at continuing legal education seminars as a panelist in the areas of estates and guardianships and education law issues. He also is a member of the Probate and Estate Litigation Committee of the Real Property and Probate Section of the American Bar Association, as well as the Fiduciary Law Section of the State Bar of Georgia.
Mr. Carter graduated with departmental honors from Shorter College in 1991 with a Bachelor of Church Music Degree in organ performance. Additionally, Mr. Carter pursued masters and doctoral level studies in opera conducting and opera coaching from The Florida State University. He received his law degree from Georgia State University College of Law in 2000, where he was a graduate research assistant and an academic award recipient in Education Law.