Carter Arey

Carter Arey

Innovation Leader, MWAccel
Senior Vice President, McGuireWoods Consulting

Carter makes businesses hum.

She has 20 years of know-how assisting law firm client teams, companies and legal departments succeed, leading and managing essential projects to quick, efficient, under-budget completion. Carter works with client teams within McGuireWoods, as well as in-house legal departments, to create collaborative approaches to managing their relationships in the delivery of legal services.

As senior vice president and innovation leader for MWAccel, Carter helps clients get a grip on their legal operations. She is a member of McGuireWoods’ Practice Innovation Office and leads the firm’s ClientSync team as innovation counsel. ClientSync is a proprietary legal project management program she uses to advance and tailor the firm’s services to clients’ specific business needs. Yellow Belt-certified in Legal Lean Sigma and Project Management, her skills add value by ensuring accurate and transparent budgeting, right-sized staffing and targeted technology use.

Carter previously was a McGuireWoods debt finance partner who represented some of the world’s largest financial institutions in structuring, negotiating and documenting syndicated, club and single-lender senior credit facilities. Her decade-long experience running deal teams to close complex transactions prepared her for the evolution of her career with MWAccel.

She serves as the pro bono co-coordinator for McGuireWoods’ Charlotte office and sits on the board of Supportive Housing Communities Inc. Carter’s honors include the Distinguished Pro Bono Service Award from the Charlotte Center for Legal Advocacy, the Council for Children’s Rights and Legal Aid of North Carolina.

Carter earned her B.A., with honors and distinction, from UNC-Chapel Hill, where she was a Phi Beta Kappa member. She graduated, with honors, from the University of North Carolina School of Law, serving as managing editor of the North Carolina Law Review.