Thomas L. CarpenterShareholder


1319 26th Avenue
Gulfport, MS 39501


228-864-9160 (fax)

Professional Profile

Thomas L. Carpenter graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1986 and obtained his JD, magna cum laude, from the University of Mississippi School of Law in 1994.  After clerking with Presiding Justice Lenore Prather of the Mississippi Supreme Court, he worked in two firms focusing on insurance interpretation and insurance defense.  Mr. Carpenter was then hired as general counsel for a Mississippi automobile insurance company focusing on bad faith claims and reviewing claims handling procedures to minimize the opportunity for bad faith claims to arise.  At Carr Allison, Mr. Carpenter’s practice focuses on insurance interpretation, bad faith underwriting and claims handling issues.

Mr. Carpenter founded and has been a president of the Russell, Blass, Walker Chapter of the American Inn of Court, an organization chartered to foster judicial ethics, civility and professionalism.  He also served as president of the Harrison County Bar Association.  In October of 2009, Mr. Carpenter was made a Fellow of the American Bar Association, an organization limited to one-third of one percent of practicing lawyers in Mississippi.  He has also served as a commissioner for the Mississippi Defense Lawyers Association.  Since 2017, Mr. Carpenter has been included in The Best Lawyers in America© in the area of insurance law.

Mr. Carpenter is admitted to and practices before all state courts in Mississippi, up to the Mississippi Supreme Court.  On the federal level, Mr. Carpenter is admitted to and practices before the Northern and Southern Districts of Mississippi, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court.  Mr. Carpenter has served as a lecturer on insurance claims management, ethics in claims and underwriting handling, and how to avoid successful bad faith claims.  Mr. Carpenter has also successfully advised clients regarding admiralty matters and handled admiralty cases in local federal courts.

Practice Areas

Admitted to Practice


United States District Court, Northern and Southern Districts of Mississippi

United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit

United States Supreme Court


BA, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

JD, University of Mississippi School of Law, magna cum laude


Fellow, American Bar Association

Jackson County Bar Association

Harrison County Bar Association

Mississippi Defense Lawyers Association

American Inn of Court, Russell, Blass, Walker Chapter; President, 2002-2003

The Best Lawyers in America, 2017-2018

News Updates About Thomas L. Carpenter

24 Carr Allison Attorneys Recognized by Best

Carr Allison is excited to announce that 24 attorneys, across three states, have been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2019 for excellence in their respective practice areas.   In Alabama: · Birmingham office: o Brett Adair (Employment Law) o Russell Q. Allison (Insurance Law) o C. Steven Ball (Commercial […]

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Best Lawyers Recognizes 23 Carr Allison Attorneys

Carr Allison is excited to announce that 23 attorneys have been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America©  2018 for their excellence in practice areas that include:  Appellate, Commercial Litigation, Insurance Law, Construction Litigation, Personal Injury Litigation, Product Liability, Medical Malpractice, Labor and Employment, and Workers’ Compensation. Included from […]

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Thirteen Carr Allison Attorneys listed to Best Lawyers in America for 2017

Carr Allison is pleased to announce that 13 attorneys were recently listed to 2017 Best Lawyers in America for their excellence in Appellate Practice, Insurance Law, Personal Injury Litigation and Worker’s Compensation.  Included in our Birmingham office are:  Russell Q. Allison (Insurance Law),  Charles F. Carr (Personal Injury Litigation and […]

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Carpenter and Jones Contribute to DRI’s Compendium

Allan Jones, Shareholder in our Birmingham office, recently prepared the Alabama chapter to the Defense Research Institute’s 2016 Uninsured/Underinsured Motorist Insurance Compendium.  This Compendium is used by insurance claims professionals and staff throughout the nation as a vital tool for claims handling on a multi-state basis.   Shareholder Thomas Carpenter, from […]

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