Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP is pleased to announce that David W. Clark, who is Of Counsel in the firm’s Jackson office, has received the Mississippi Bar’s Distinguished Service Award for 2017.
The award recognizes an attorney or lay person for outstanding achievement and/or a significant contribution to the legal community.
“David is one of the most dedicated lawyers in Mississippi and has deservedly earned the respect of his peers as a hardworking advocate for his clients, for the under-served, and for the legal profession at large,“ said Bradley’s Jackson Office Managing Partner Margaret Oertling Cupples. “The firm congratulates David on this prestigious recognition from the Mississippi Bar for his work to improve our profession and positively impact the lives of thousands of everyday citizens.”
A long-term and steady advocate for the legal profession, Mr. Clark has been recognized as a national leader in civil justice reform by the American Tort Reform Association, which named him a Legal Reform Champion. He also has worked to improve access for clients to the justice system through his leadership roles with the Mississippi State Bar, for which he has served as chair for the Litigation and General Practice Section, and the American Bar Association (ABA). For the past eight years, Mr. Clark has represented Mississippi as the state delegate to the ABA House of Delegates. He also has served in a variety of leadership roles with the ABA Section of Litigation, including as a member of the Section Council from 2009-2012. In addition, Mr. Clark served as the Fifth Circuit’s representative on the ABA Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary from 2008 to 2011, and he continued serving the Standing Committee in an unofficial capacity until 2014.
Mr. Clark’s service to the legal community also includes his pioneering pro bono work on post-conviction death penalty cases.
In his law practice, Mr. Clark focuses on commercial litigation involving a broad range of clients and issues in state and federal court, arbitration and regulatory agencies. He has substantial trial experience in complex commercial, product liability, securities, insurance, trademark, antitrust and unfair competition, contract and banking litigation. A long-serving arbitrator and member of the American Arbitration Association National Roster of Neutrals, Mr. Clark was an early adopter of alternative dispute resolution in Mississippi. He also is a member of the American Law Institute, and he has taught or written on antitrust law, federal courts, discovery, mediation, and tort reform.