Cary Ichter


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Cary Ichter is the President of ACAM.  Cary was elected President at the Academy’s 2015 meeting and was re-elected at the 2016 meeting—an ACAM first.  Cary has been on the Board of ACAM since 2014, the year he chaired ACAM’s Membership Committee.  In the year Cary was the Membership Chair, membership in ACAM surged by roughly twenty per cent, and as Cary has continued to focus on the growth of ACAM, the Academy has grown year by year, today boasting over 120 members. 

Cary has been active acting as a court-appointed Special Master in various types of matters since 2005. Cary is typically appointed to act as a Special Master in complex commercial matters and mass tort and class action cases.  Cary has acted as a Special Master in construction disputes, trade secret cases, legal malpractice actions, intellectual property/software licensing disputes, business break-ups, and a class action involving the release of toxic gas into a population center. 

As a consequence of his interest in the use of Special Masters by the courts, Cary took it upon himself to draft and to shepherd through the approval process Georgia’s Uniform Superior Court Rule governing the appointment and use of Special Masters in Georgia courts.  Uniform Superior Court Rule 46 was approved by the Georgia Supreme Court in June 2009.

Like many ACAM members, Cary still actively practices law with the firm Ichter Davis, LLC.  Cary has tried over fifty (50) jury trials to conclusion and is known to be one of the best and most active trial lawyers in Atlanta, Georgia. 

Cary’s clients include franchisors and franchisees, which he represents both regionally and nationally. He also has litigated disputes between manufacturers and distributors throughout the country, with cases in New York, New Jersey, California, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Puerto Rico. Cary has considerable experience litigating employment disputes, including claims under Title VII, the Age Discrimination Employment Act, the Pregnancy Discrimination Act, as well as claims of sexual harassment. His practice also includes disputes involving restrictive covenants ancillary to employment agreements and trade secret misappropriation actions. He has successfully litigated cases involving commercial issues of almost every conceivable stripe.   

Case List

  • Tried over fifty (50) jury trials to conclusion, representing everything from airlines to web design companies to internet service providers. These cases have involved a wide range of issues, including franchise relationships, sexual harassment, software licensing, real estate contracts, and professional wrestling.
  • Defended five franchisees in a two-week arbitration in which the franchisor sought to collect an eight-figure amount in future royalties, deferred initial franchise fee debt, construction costs and costs of litigation and obtained an award on behalf of the franchisees on their counterclaims in the amount of roughly $1.2 million.
  • Obtained a $1,155,000 judgment against a franchisor following a week-long trial, prevailing on the franchisee’s fraud and Georgia RICO claims.
  • Successfully arbitrated a commercial products liability claim on behalf of a furniture company that received defective coating products and sustained a substantial commercial injury.
  • Prosecuted and defended the claims of minority shareholders in closely-held corporations in arbitration and in jury trials. 
  • Defended and prosecuted claims made under the Uniform Commercial Code related to the purchase and sale of allegedly defective equipment. 
  • Defended and settled over a dozen claims over the course of a decade involving the elimination of a manufacturer's distributor network.  Suits were filed in Georgia, New Jersey, California, Michigan, North Carolina, and Puerto Rico.  Other claims in Illinois, New York and Texas were settled before they went to suit. 
  • Successfully handled over $2 billion worth of contested and uncontested bond validation hearings for local development authorities. 
  • Prevailed on summary judgment against a claim by a local resident to unwind over $5 billion of development bond transactions.  The trial court’s Order granting summary judgment was upheld by the Georgia Supreme Court.  
  • Successfully represented investors in FINRA securities fraud arbitrations.
  • Prevailed in an arbitration concerning the wrongful termination of the employment of the former Chairman, CEO and President of a large regional construction company.
  • Successfully defended a client in an effort by a local bank to enforce a $5 million contract of guaranty based upon a defense of forgery. Beat back motion for summary judgment and prevailed in jury trial. 
  • Prosecuted claims on behalf of the owners of intellectual property for copyright infringement and for the breach of licensing agreements. 

Honors Membership Awards

  • Admitted to the State Bar of Georgia (1984)
  • Admitted to practice in:

Georgia Court of Appeals
Georgia Supreme Court
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Georgia
U.S. District Court, Middle District of Georgia
U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Federal Claims

  • Trustee, University of West Georgia Foundation (2004-2008)
  • Committee, Georgia National Guard Family Support Foundation (2006)
  • Committee, 18th & 19th Annual Hospice Atlanta Gala (2005-2006)
  • Committee, The Atlanta Committee for CARE (1998-2005)
  • Best Lawyers in America (2002-present)
  • Georgia Trend’s Legal Elite (2003-present)
  • Georgia Super Lawyers (2004-present)


  • J.D., magna cum laude, University of Georgia (1984)
  • B.S., University of West Georgia (1981)
  • Law Review: GEORGIA LAW REVIEW: Editorial Board, Volume 17; Managing Board, Volume 18
    Publications: “Beyond Judicial Scrutiny”: Military Compliance with NEPA