PARTNERBrian Carter

Practice Areas

Real property litigation and transactions
Corporate/partnership transactions
General commercial transactions
Counseling and litigation

Brian C. Carter spent his youth first in Arlington, Virginia, and then in Ukiah, California, graduating from Ukiah High School in 1977. He attended college at UC Berkeley from the fall of 1978 to December 1982, graduating with a BA in Economics. He was in the stands at Memorial Stadium for “The Play” that ended the 1982 Big Game. Brian worked in banking and finance for three years before going to law school at UC Davis in 1985. He received his JD from UC Davis (King Hall) in May 1988, Order of the Coif (and AmJur award in Corporate Taxation).

After graduating, Mr. Carter drove to Anchorage and spent the next year clerking for Justice Daniel A. Moore, Jr., on the Alaska Supreme Court. After his clerkship, Brian returned to California and went to work in the Los Angeles office of Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue. Brian subsequently transferred to Jones Day’s Irvine office and worked there until 1993, at which time he established a solo practice in Irvine. In 1994, Brian returned to Ukiah to practice law with his father and his partners and has been practicing in Ukiah ever since. After the old firm dissolved in 2005, Brian and his partners Jared Carter, Brian Momsen and Philip Vannucci formed Carter, Vannucci & Momsen, LLP, which has evolved to the present firm of Carter Momsen PC.

Mr. Carter has conducted more than 60 trials in the Superior Court and before the State Water Resources Control Board. He has briefed and argued eight or more cases in the California Court of Appeal, First District, obtaining multiple reversals and successfully defending multiple trial court judgments. He has briefed and argued one case in the California Supreme Court.

Mr. Carter’s real property and commercial litigation experience covers a wide and expanding range of matters and issues, including suits for specific performance and/or rescission of purchase agreements, quiet title suits, partition suits between co-owners, boundary disputes, dissolution of partnership and/or corporation claims, anti-SLAPP motions/suits, and many others.

Mr. Carter’s transactional practice includes negotiating and drafting agreements for the purchase and/or sale, or lease, of businesses and real or personal property, partnership and/or co-tenancy agreements, easements, licenses, boundary line adjustments, option agreements, the provision of professional and/or creative services, formation and/or dissolution of entities (corporations, LLC’s, partnerships, joint ventures), and other such transactions.

Mr. Carter has volunteered as member of the board of directors of a Head Start agency in Orange County, and in Ukiah has been a volunteer board member of the Ukiah Main Street Program, the River Oak Charter School, Redwood Community Services, Inc. (20-plus years), and the Mendocino College Foundation. Brian and his wife Natasha have three children, the oldest of whom will begin attending UC Santa Barbara in fall of 2019; the younger two are still at home and attending school in Ukiah.


  • Carter Momsen PC, 2006-presentFounding partner along with Brian Momsen, Jared Carter and Philip Vannucci. Carter Momsen PC practices in a wide range of areas of general civil and administrative law, and trial practice, with an emphasis upon real property, business/commercial, water, land use, environmental, both litigation and transactional.
  • Carter, Behnke, Oglesby & Bacik, 1995-2006Associate and then partner, Ukiah, CA.
  • Solo Practice in Irvine, California, 1993-1994
  • Associate Attorney at Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue in Los Angeles, California, 1989-1992
  • Admitted to the California State Bar in January 1989
  • Clerked for Justice Daniel A. Moore, Jr., on the Alaska Supreme Court, Anchorage, 1988-1989
  • Received J.D. degree from the University of California at Davis, May 1988; Order of the Coif, AmJur award in Corporate Taxation
  • Received B.A. in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley, December 1982


Phone: 707.462.6694
Facsimile: 707.462.7839
Address: 305 North Main Street
Ukiah, California 95482


Phone: 707.456.9210
Address: 716 S. Main Street Suite A1
Willits, California 95490