Joel Cartee is a partner in the Corporate and Mergers & Acquisitions practices at Kilpatrick Townsend. Joel’s practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, strategic alliances, private equity, venture capital, and commercial transactions with particular emphasis on providing strategic advice to Fortune 500 companies in connection with complex, high-profile transactions. For more than 20 years, public and private companies have relied on Joel’s practical guidance with business combinations. Clients appreciate his deep understanding of their business and the deal issues that are most important to them. During his career, Joel has handled hundreds of mergers and acquisitions transactions with an aggregate deal value in the tens of billions of dollars.

Joel serves as a Special Assistant Attorney General for the State of Georgia in connection with his representation of the Office of the State Treasurer of Georgia.

Joel was listed in the 2022 edition of The Best Lawyers in America® and the nine years immediately preceding for Mergers & Acquisitions, in 2021 and 2022 for Mergers & Acquisitions and Communications Law, and in 2023 for Mergers & Acquisitions, Communications Law, Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships), and Leveraged Buyouts and Private Equity Law. He was also named a Law360 2018 MVP for Telecommunications Law and was recommended by Legal 500 US in 2019, 2020 and 2022 for Mergers & Acquisitions.


Represented AT&T in its sale of Xandr Inc., AT&T’s global programmatic advertising marketplace, to Microsoft.

Represented AT&T in its sale of AT&T Government Solutions, Inc., AT&T’s Department of Defense IT professional services business, to Tyto Athene, a portfolio company of Arlington Capital Partners.

Represented AT&T in its $1.95 billion sale of its wireless and wireline operations in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands to Liberty Latin America.

Represented Equifax, a global analytics and technology company, in its acquisition of PayNet, a provider of commercial credit risk underwriting and management solutions for the commercial lending and leasing market. Through the PayNet acquisition, Equifax strengthens its Commercial business, data assets, and analytics capabilities will be able to provide innovative solutions to commercial customers, helping them grow their business, while better managing risk.

Represented A3 Communications, a leading systems integrator, in connection with its sale to Cook & Boardman Group, a leading specialty distributor of commercial door entry solutions.

Represented AT&T Inc. in its acquisition of AppNexus, a technology company operating a leading global advertising marketplace that provides enterprise products for digital advertising for publishers, agencies and marketers. This transaction marks the first major acquisition in the AdTech space by the newly combined AT&T/Time Warner.

Represented AT&T Inc. in the acquisition of AlienVault, an innovative technology and security company. This acquisition will enable AT&T to expand its enterprise-grade security solutions portfolio and offerings to millions of small and medium-sized businesses and accelerate AT&T's vision of enabling organizations of all sizes with effective cybersecurity solutions.

Represented Equifax Inc. in its acquisition of DataX, Ltd, a leading specialty finance credit reporting agency and alternative data provider to lenders nationwide. Through DataX, Equifax will help lenders expand credit access and broaden financial inclusion for more consumers, specifically in underbanked populations.

Represented AT&T Inc. in its acquisition of FiberTower Corporation, a company with a nationwide portfolio of millimeter wave spectrum of 39 GHz wireless licenses. The millimeter wave spectrum is crucial to the development and rollout of the next generation of mobile wireless, referred to as 5G wireless, to support the offering of such developments as virtual and augmented reality, telemedicine, autonomous cars, smart cities, and similar mobile technologies. The acquisition of FiberTower positions AT&T to meet its goal of being the first U.S. company to introduce 5G wireless in a dozen markets by late 2018.

Represented AT&T Inc. with build-to-suit and master leasing agreements with Tillman Infrastructure and Uniti Towers, both tower supplier companies that provide build-to-suit services, collocations, ground lease buyouts, real estate management, and tower acquisitions.


University of Alabama School of Law J.D. (1998) magna cum laude, Order of the Coif

University of Alabama B.S. (1995) Commerce and Business Administration, summa cum laude


Georgia (1998)

Texas (2012)

Professional & Community Activities

State Bar of Georgia, Business Law Section, Member

State Bar of Texas, Business Law Section, Member

American Bar Association, Section of Business Law and Section of Environment, Energy and Resources, Member

Atlanta Bar Association, Member

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