Robert Carlton


Education and Clerkships

J.D., Emory University School of Law, 2011, with honors; Dean's List; Order of the Coif; Notes and Comments Editor, Emory Law Journal

B.A., International Studies and Russian, Emory University, 2008, Political Science and International Studies Honors Program; summa cum laude; Phi Beta Kappa

  • Field Placement, P. Harris Hines, Supreme Court of Georgia, January-May 2010
  • Intern, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, May-August 2009


Texas, 2011

Court Admissions

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas


Robert Carlton leverages his broad base of dispute resolution experience to serve clients across a broad range of industries by digesting his client’s issues and coming up with a sound litigation strategy that takes into account both business and legal considerations.

Robert has represented clients in federal and state courts across the country. He has also represented clients in front of both domestic and international arbitral tribunals. Robert is particularly adept at navigating the various nuances of international arbitration, representing clients in front of the ICC, ICDR, and other arbitral bodies.

Robert uses his experience before a wide array of forums to provide a full range of dispute resolution skills. He is particularly adept in handling construction disputes, having handled these disputes representing both owners and contractors. For example, Robert has represented a Fortune 100 company in a number of construction disputes around the country. He has represented an owner in a multi-million dollar dispute over performance and payment bonds. He has also represented a construction company in numerous disputes with owners and other subcontractors.

Robert represents clients of all sizes and from diverse industries. His clients include one of the four largest banks in the country, a Fortune 100 oil and gas company, a Fortune 500 international oilfield services company, the largest fertilizer manufacturer in the world, a former CEO of one of the largest broker-dealers in the country, an international turbine company, multiple independent oil and gas companies of varying sizes, and the owner of one of the premier hotels in Texas.

Robert is active in the community, donating his time to a number of civic and bar organizations. Robert is particularly active in the Anti-Defamation League, Southwest Region, where he is a member of the ADL’s regional board, serves as chair-emeritus of its Glass Leadership Institute, and serves on its National Leadership 2020 committee. Robert is also active with the Emory University Alumni Association.

Client Focus

Haynes and Boone Team Successfully Sells Prison Investment

Haynes and Boone Team Successfully Sells Prison Investment

A large interdepartmental Haynes and Boone team achieved an extraordinary result in a unique transactional matter that started with a prison riot in a private prison in Willacy County, Texas, in February of 2015.

International Arbitration

Volker and Carlton

Frequently Invoked but Rarely Successful: Objections to Non-domestic and Foreign Arbitral Awards in U.S. Federal Courts

Courts occasionally remind litigants that challenges to arbitral awards, whether motions to vacate or objections to recognition, enforcement or confirmation, are “frequently invoked but rarely successful.” The aphorism articulates the consequence of the U.S. emphatic federal policy favoring arbitral resolution.

Selected Client Representations

  • Prosecution of pipeline company’s claims against a surety after the surety refused to comply with its obligations under payment and performance bonds.
  • Defense of an oilfield service company in ad-hoc international arbitration against claims brought by a business associate related to business in Central Asia. Obtained favorable award after full hearing on the merits and successfully defended attempt to vacate award in federal court.
  • Defense of builder of power barges in a federal lawsuit brought by a subcontractor claiming breach of a contract to supply a labor force in Venezuela. Took multiple depositions in Venezuela.
  • Prosecution of claim by small oil and gas company against large midstream company, relating to subsurface trespass of poisonous gas.  Obtained favorable settlement.
  • Prosecuted claim of landowner seeking to quiet title in the face of an alleged deed against her interest. Obtained all relief sought via summary judgment.
  • Representation of owner of hotel in construction dispute with one of the largest contractors in the world.
  • Defense of world’s largest fertilizer manufacturer and after protracted pre-trial motions, obtained complete dismissal of claims of breach of contract and tortious interference.
  • Prosecution of claim by spa equipment manufacturer against one of its founders and others. After filing Motion for Summary Judgment, obtained favorable settlement offer.
  • Defense of former shareholder in oil and gas company on indemnity claim. After filing of Motion for Summary Judgment, plaintiff voluntarily dismissed claims.
  • Defense of a product manufacturer against claims brought by former distributor in ICDR arbitration arising out of actions in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. After filing Motion for Resolution as a Matter of Law, claimant agreed to voluntarily dismiss action.
  • Representation of small oil and gas company in dispute with partner over field operations and expenses.
  • Defense of officers of a broker-dealer in an SEC investigation of alleged short-selling and stock lending violations.
  • Defense of small oil and gas company in dispute with driller over expenses and quality of work.
  • Representation of Fortune 100 company in multiple construction disputes around the country.
  • Representation of one of the four largest banks in the country in multiple mortgage disputes throughout Texas.

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