Richard A. Carothers, born in Cincinnati, Ohio, 1951; admitted to bar, 1976, Georgia and Ohio; U. S. Supreme Court; U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit; U.S. District Court, Northern and Middle Districts of Georgia.
Education: Denison University (B.A., 1973); Emory University (J.D., 1976).
Biography: Assistant City Attorney, City of Atlanta, 1977-1985. Assistant County Attorney, Gwinnett County, Georgia, 1985-1987. County Attorney, Director of Law Department, Gwinnett County, Georgia, 1987-1992. City Attorney, City of Berkeley Lake, 1992-Present. City Attorney, City of Lilburn, 1998-Present. City Attorney, City of Johns Creek, 2014-Present. Senior Partner, Carothers & Mitchell, LLC, 1996-Present. Special Assistant Attorney General, 2017-present. General Counsel, Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police, 2020-Present.
Member: Gwinnett County Bar Association; State Bar of Georgia.
Other: Leadership Gwinnett - Steering Committee, 1992-1997 and Board of Trustees, 1997-Present; Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful, Board of Directors and General Counsel, 1995-2010; Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors, 2000-2005; Past President, City Attorneys Section of the Georgia Municipal Association; Past Chairman, Local Government Section, State Bar of Georgia (2007-2009).
Speaker for Institute of Continuing Legal Education and elected official education programs by the Georgia Municipal Association and Association of County Commissioners of Georgia, on topics such as “Arguing Before the Supreme Court,” “Risk Management - Anatomy of a Lawsuit,” “Regulating Adult Entertainment,” and “Zoning Update.”
Argued before the United States Supreme Court on November 10, 2014, representing the City of Roswell in the cell tower case of T-Mobile v. City of Roswell.
PRACTICE AREAS: General Civil Litigation; Civil Rights; Local Government Law; Eminent Domain; Zoning and Land Use; Insurance Defense.