Darnesha Carter | Miami | Hogan Lovells

Darnesha Carter

Senior Associate Litigation, Arbitration, and Employment


Darnesha Carter
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Darnesha Carter has a variety of experience within commercial litigation. She has been instrumental in getting clients favorable results in matters involving products liability, trade secret misappropriation, construction, employment, healthcare, insurance, and securities law. She also has complex litigation experience, defending corporations in class actions, in multi district litigation suits (MDLs), and in multi-jurisdictional matters in both state and federal courts.

Prior to starting her practice, Darnesha served as a senior law clerk to the Honorable Mary S. Scriven of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida. There, she conducted legal research, drafted orders, managed and monitored a portion of the case docket, and assisted the Eleventh Circuit Pattern Jury Instruction Committee. Darnesha was the valedictorian of her class at Stetson University College of Law, the first African American woman in the school's history to achieve that honor. She was also awarded the Edward D. Foreman Most Distinguished Student Award, which recognizes one student each year for his or her passion for the legal profession, commitment to serve the family of human kind, and being the best all-around student.

Darnesha has also been recognized by local organizations for her commitment to pro bono service.

Representative experience

Secured an affirmance in Eleventh Circuit appeal for national bank client in loan deficiency matter*

Drafted successful motion to excluded medical expert in a medical device product liability case, which exclusion resulted in summary judgment in favor of medical device manufacturer client*

Secured a stipulated judgment reversing a Board of Veteran’s Appeal decision in a pro bono appeal for disabled veteran and secured attorney’s fees based on result* 

Prompted a plaintiff’s voluntary dismissal of an equitable accounting claim in a construction law matter based on motion to dismiss*

Prompted plaintiffs’ immediate voluntary dismissal of case with prejudice in putative class action involving federal WARN act claims through demonstration of deficiencies of claims*

*Matter handled prior to joining Hogan Lovells.


  • Juris Doctor, Stetson University College of Law, summa cum laude, 2016
  • B.A. English Literature, Florida A&M University, summa cum laude, 2013
  • B.A. in Psychology, Florida A&M University, summa cum laude, 2013
Bar admissions and qualifications
  • Florida
Court admissions
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • Florida
  • Florida Bar Federal Practice Committee
  • Executive Board of Journey to Esquire
  • Federal Bar Association