James R. Clark

Partner

Overview

James R. Clark has over 30 years' experience in various types of civil litigation as a partner and litigation lawyer at Foley & Lardner LLP. He has tried more than 40 cases and has negotiated settlements in many other major cases. He also is experienced in arbitrations and other forms of alternative dispute resolution. Mr. Clark's areas of trial practice include professional malpractice defense, negligence and product liability matters (including drug, medical devices, and toxic torts), construction disputes, condemnation and other real estate litigation, trade secret and non-competition agreements, antitrust, general contract, and other commercial disputes. Mr. Clark also serves as the firm’s general counsel.

Publications

He is a contributing author to the "Law of Damages in Wisconsin."

Recognition

Mr. Clark has been Peer Review Rated as AV® Preeminent™, the highest performance rating in Martindale-Hubbell's peer review rating system and was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© (since 1989). He has also been named the 2015 Milwaukee Litigation – Antitrust Lawyer of the Year and 2009 Milwaukee Bet-the-Company Litigator of the Year by Best Lawyers®. Additionally, he was selected for inclusion in the Chambers USA: America's Leading Business Lawyers (2005-17) lists, as well as in the Wisconsin Super Lawyers® lists (2005-16). Mr. Clark has also been named a litigation star by Benchmark Litigation (2016).

Education

A graduate of Ripon College, Mr. Clark received his J.D. in 1971 from the University of Wisconsin - Madison. He was elected to membership in Phi Beta Kappa and the Order of the Coif, and from 1970-1971 served as editor-in-chief of the Wisconsin Law Review.

Professional Memberships

Mr. Clark is a fellow of the American Bar Foundation and a member of the American College of Trial Lawyers and the American Board of Trial Advocates. He is a member of Defense Research Institute, as well as the Milwaukee and American Bar Associations, the State Bar of Wisconsin, and the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals Bar Association. He is a former member and chairperson of the District II Committee of what was then known as the Board of Attorneys Professional Responsibility.

Representative Matters

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Represented Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. in a right of privacy/name misappropriation claim in Wisconsin.
Represented Brunswick Corporation, a global manufacturer of marine, recreation, and fitness products, in an employee class action case in Wisconsin. Plaintiffs motion for class certification was denied and the Court granted Brunswick's subsequent motion for summary judgment.
Leading defense of government grand jury investigation into corporations and certain executives. Coordinated multi-year effort to address allegations of client's complicity in a massive fraud perpetrated by the insiders of a beverage company. Coordinated responses to grand jury subpoenas and extensive communication with the U.S. Attorney's office. Negotiated resolution via a non-prosecution agreement.