Deputy Director/General Counsel
Ms. Lori S. Carter
Lori S. Carter is the Deputy Director and General Counsel for the Oklahoma Alcoholic Beverage Laws Enforcement Commission. She graduated from the University of Oklahoma College of Law with honors in 1996. Prior to joining ABLE, Ms. Carter spent seventeen years with the Oklahoma Attorney General’s Office in various top leadership roles for four attorneys general. In her role as First Assistant Attorney General, Ms. Carter led the staff of almost 200 and managed all aspects of the office including communications, public relations, budget, and legislative and policy initiatives. She oversaw all litigation efforts with outside counsel and with other state attorneys general on a number of state and national policy issues. Ms. Carter represented the Attorney General on local, state, and national task forces and coordinated multi-million dollar litigation and negotiations for the State of Oklahoma. While at the Attorney General’s office, she was instrumental in restructuring the staff, hiring, and compensation packages and additionally coordinated and managed several statewide task forces on issues of statewide importance including the Oklahoma Commission on Opioid Abuse, the SAFE Task Force, the Opioid Overdose Fatality Review Board, the Red River Boundary Commission, the Human Trafficking Task Force, and the Criminal Justice Reclassification Coordination Council, which rewrote the entire Oklahoma felony criminal code.
From 2013-2020, Ms. Carter served as an adjunct professor at the University of Central Oklahoma teaching a course to aspiring law enforcement officers on the legal system and criminal laws. Prior to working for the Oklahoma Attorney General, Ms. Carter worked for an insurance defense litigation firm in Oklahoma City for three years where she fought insurance fraud, defended policyholders, and established a healthcare subrogation business. She has been admitted to practice in all Oklahoma state and federal courts as well as the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals and the Supreme Court of the United States.