For family law, DUI defense, criminal defense, or personal injury, we’re the lawyers you want on your side.
About Our Law Firm
The definition of stress is when you realize you need a lawyer. The decisions you make regarding your legal defense can affect you and your family for years to come. That’s why you want an attorney and a law firm who not only understands the law but the legal system and how to carry out a proper legal defense for your situation. That’s Carter Pilgrim.
We’re here to preserve your rights and help you defend your rights.
Amy M. Carter
Amy Carter was born in Atlanta, Georgia and attended school in Georgia until 1992. Ms. Carter’s father works for Penske Truck Leasing and his job relocated the family to Frisco, Texas in 1992. Ms. Carter graduated from Frisco High School in 1996. She then went onto college and obtained a Bachelors of Arts degree and graduated with honors from the University of California, Irvine in 2000. While in college, Ms. Carter competed on the National Speech and Debate Team.
Ms. Carter immediately went on to Law School in San Diego, CA and graduated from California Western School of Law in 2003. While in Law School, Ms. Carter competed on the National Trial Team. In 2002, Ms. Carter clerked for the San Diego Public Defender’s office and tried and won two jury trials (DUI) prior to graduating law school.
After graduating from Law School, Ms. Carter began to work for a large firm in Las Vegas, NV. Ms. Carter gained experience taking depositions, attending mediations as well as working for large scale clients. Ms. Carter left the law firm to get her trial feet wet and began working for the District Attorney’s Office in Clark County, Nevada (Las Vegas). The experience that she gained at the District Attorney’s office was invaluable. Clark County was an extremely fast-paced court environment. In only one year, Ms. Carter tried nine felony jury trials, including armed robbery, attempted murder, and gang-related crimes.
Ms. Carter moved back to Georgia in 2007, to be near her family, and began working for the Jackson County District Attorney’s office. As an Assistant District Attorney, Ms. Carter focused primarily on the prosecution of Special Victim’s Cases (Sexual Abuse and Physical Abuse). Ms. Carter worked directly with law enforcement; child advocacy centers as well as the Department of Family and Children’s Services to effectively prosecute these cases. In 2009, Ms. Carter joined forces with Phil Pilgrim and they have been practicing together ever since.
While in private practice, Ms. Carter has focused her practice on family law cases including divorce and child custody actions as well as criminal defense of sexual-related offenses. Ms. Carter has a passion for helping families through a very critical period in their lives; family law cases are extremely personal, emotional and require a compassionate, dedicated and strong attorney. Ms. Carter firmly believes that her extensive background has helped her cultivate very good relationships with her clients.
Ms. Carter has four children and she currently resides in Buford, Georgia. Ms. Carter attends 12 Stone Church. She spends most of her free time attending her children’s sporting events and spending family time boating on Lake Lanier.
You are welcome to contact Amy anytime at Amy@CPLawGA.com.
Phil Pilgrim graduated from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice. He attended Georgia State University College of Law where he earned his Juris Doctorate.
During law school, Phil clerked for Judge Steve Jones of the Western Judicial Circuit who is now a United States District Court Judge for the Northern District of Georgia. Phil also worked as a prosecutor under the 3rd Year Practice Act for the Forsyth County Solicitor General’s Office and the DeKalb County District Attorney’s Office. After Law School, Phil returned to Forsyth County in public service as a prosecutor. During his time working for the State, Phil spent 75% of his time in court. He obtained the position of Senior Assistant and was the Acting Assistant on the Forsyth County DUI Court, prosecuting hundreds of DUI cases.
During his time there, Phil was very active in the training of Law Enforcement on the subject of DUI Detection and Enforcement and courtroom demeanor and testimony. He spent quite a bit of time at the Georgia Public Safety Training Center in the City of Forsyth, which is where many officers receive their Mandate Training.
Phil left public service in 2007 and until 2013, Phil was a partner at the Law Offices of Epps & Pilgrim, where he was charged with primarily managing the firm’s criminal cases along with being a member on all teams for trial work that the firm undertook.
In October of 2013, Phil opened Carter/Pilgrim with Amy Carter. Though the office personnel has changed, Phil’s dedication to his client’s interests has not. He has an extremely successful trial record and consistently exceeds the expectations of his clients with integrity and professionalism. Obtaining the client’s goals is always a source of pride for Phil. He is an experienced trial lawyer (and yes, there is a difference between a LAWYER and a TRIAL LAWYER). He has tried a countless number of cases before judge and jury ranging from misdemeanor cases of DUI to felony cases of murder.
On a personal level, Phil comes from a working-class family. He understands that his job is easy compared to what his father, uncles, and grandparents do for a living. Knowing that he has a tremendous amount of respect for what they do and he takes great pride that he is in a privileged position to help people through this line of work.
He is a devoted husband and father. When not working, he spends all his free time with his family and friends. He is a member of The Vine United Methodist Church where he volunteers every Sunday. His Faith, Family, and Friendships are the most important things in his life. Phil is confident that fervor for those three components in his life furthers his abilities in representing his clients.
Everything Phil does in life, he does with 100% commitment. There is no reason to do it if you are not going to do it well. He lives by that mantra.
Email Phil at Phil@CPLawGA.com
Cassi works directly with Amy Carter in support of our domestic litigation cases, such as Divorce, Child Support and Modifications. She can be reached by calling our office during normal business hours or by emailing her at Cass@CPLawGA.com
Our Service Area
We are located in Suwanee Georgia, but we defend clients throughout Gwinnett County, Forsyth County, Hall County, Barrow County, Jackson County, and Dawson County. Contact our Atlanta law firm as soon as possible to learn how we advocate for your best interests.