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. James' 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. James also serves as the firm’s general counsel.
He is a contributing author to the "Law of Damages in Wisconsin."
James has been Peer Review Rated as AV Preeminent®, the highest performance rating in Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Ratings™ system and was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© in the fields of Commercial Litigation (1989, 2010 - 2022), Bet-the-Company Litigation (2007, 2010 - 2022), Antitrust Law (2013 - 2022) and Litigation - Antitrust (2014 - 2022). He has also been named the Milwaukee Litigation – Antitrust "Lawyer of the Year" (2015) and Milwaukee Bet-the-Company "Litigator of the Year" (2009) by Best Lawyers®. Additionally, he was selected for inclusion in the Chambers USA: America's Leading Business Lawyers (2005 - 2021) lists, as well as in the Wisconsin Super Lawyers® lists (2005 - 2016, 2021). James has also been named a litigation star by Benchmark Litigation (2016).
A graduate of Ripon College, James 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.
James 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.