John M. Carlton Jr., Partner

John Carlton has practiced with Whelchel & Carlton, LLP, and its predecessor firms, since 1974 and has been a partner since 1976.  John Carlton is a Colquitt County native.  He provides advice to the Hospital Authority of Colquitt County and to the Development Authority of Moultrie and Colquitt County and has concluded several multi-million dollar transactions for those Authorities.  He represents agribusiness clients in complex farm and forestry land purchases and loans and has personal knowledge of the practical and legal aspects of land ownership as he has served as the General Manager for his extended family’s land holdings since 1976.


University of Georgia, B.A. (History), 1966 University of Georgia, School of Law, J.D., 1974


United States Army, Military Intelligence (SP5 – cryptanalyst); National Defense Service Medal; Vietnam Service Medal; Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal; Good Conduct Medal; Army Commendation Medal; Bronze Star

Bar Related Activities

John has been an active member of the State Bar of Georgia, in both leadership and educational roles.  He served on Board of Governors from 1984-91.  He served on the Committee to Implement Trial Lawyer Competency, and as the Chairman in 1987, and as a continuing education speaker.  His speaking engagements include Residential Real Property Seminars in 2001 and 2002 and the Real Property Law Institute in 2003, 2004, 2006 and 2011, serving as both Chairperson and Speaker.

Volunteer Activities and Community Involvement

Ducks Unlimited – Area Chairman, State Treasurer, State Vice-Chairman
First Presbyterian Church – Treasurer, Chairman of Deacons, Elder, Clerk
American Cancer Society – Education Crusade Chairman
Kiwanis Club – Member and Past President
Leadership Georgia
Southwest Georgia Private Industry Council – Director
Moultrie-Colquitt County Chamber of Commerce – Past President
Colquitt Regional Medical Foundation – Trustee
Community Foundation of South Georgia – Chairman
Boys & Girls Clubs of Moultrie/Colquitt County – Founding Director and CVO