Clarkson F. Brown
Clark was born in Scottsdale, Arizona and raised in neighboring Paradise Valley. He has called San Antonio home since 1997. His practice has focused primarily on civil defense litigation, appeals and employment law. After graduating from law school, he worked at a boutique firm in San Antonio handling and advising on matters with an emphasis on insurance coverage, first-party litigation, third-party defense, bad faith, Stowers litigation, declaratory judgment actions and commercial liability. In 2000 he left for a rare opportunity to join the civil division in the Bexar County District Attorney’s Office.
As a a Senior Attorney in the civil division of the Bexar County District Attorney Office he represented the 19th largest County in the U.S. and 4th largest in Texas with nearly 5,000 employees in all civil legal matters. Clark represented every County elected office and department in wide-ranging areas as an advisor and litigator in complex civil cases in state and federal courts, arbitration, mediation and administrative hearings from initial intake to through appeal. As a self-insured entity, the County’s civil division handled all matters in-house and rarely hired outside counsel.
Clark has extensive experience as lead attorney for a diverse practice including personal injury, premises liability, vehicle accidents, wrongful death, insurance defense, government law, federal civil rights, employment law (EEOC, FMLA, FLSA, ADA) and all other matters required in representing a large entity with high risk exposure. This involved researching and drafting legal memoranda, motions, appellate briefs, discovery and the vast variety of documents necessary for state and federal litigation and arbitration. He is adept at case development and assessment through extensive experience in witness interviews, depositions, risk analysis and following jury and judicial trends. Clark has negotiated settlements from routine tort and employment claims through high value matters.
His experience includes extensive federal and state trial experience, including successfully defending clients in high exposure jury trials, oral arguments before the Texas Courts of Appeals, Fifth Circuit and Texas Supreme Court. He has also briefed matters to the United States Supreme Court.
Clark is married to the wonderful second grade teacher Melanie with two remarkable sons and a stepson. He enjoys motor sports, football, cinema, cooking and attending all the sports and live arts activities his boys are involved with.
University of Southern California Law School, Los Angeles, California
Juris Doctorate, May 1996
Judicial Extern, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, Fall 1994
University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California
Bachelor of Arts, English. Emphasis in American Literature, May 1993
University of Innsbruck, Innsbruck, Austria
Study Abroad Program, Summer 1992
State Bar of Texas, 1997
State Bar of California, 1996
Supreme Court of the United States of America
Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
Texas District Courts for the Western, Southern, Northern and Eastern Districts
Clark has successfully represented clients from trial and summary judgment through their appeals to the Texas Supreme Court, Fifth Circuit and Texas Courts of Appeals. The following are representative appeals arising from decisions in the trial court handled by Clark at every level of the cases. In re Bexar Cty. Criminal Dist. Attorney’s Office, 224 S.W.3d 182 (Tex. 2007); Romo v. Cavender Toyota, Inc., 330 S.W.3d 648, 652 (Tex. App.—San Antonio 2010, no pet.); In re Bexar County Criminal District Attorney’s Office, Jonathan Watkins, and Thomas Velez, 2014 Tex. App. LEXIS 13872 (Tex. App.—San Antonio, orig. proceeding); Weisner v. Bexar Cnty., 434 F. App’x 401 (5th Cir. 2011); Garcia v. Castillo, 431 F. App’x 350, 353 (5th Cir. 2011); Maze v. Tafolla, 369 F. App’x 532, 535 (5th Cir. 2010); Hale v. Bexar Cty, Tex., 342 Fed. Appx. 921, 927 (5th Cir. 2009); Cano v. Bexar Cnty., 280 F. App’x 404, 408 (5th Cir. June 4, 2008) (cert. denied, 555 U.S. 1036, 129 S. Ct. 607, 172 L. Ed. 2d 465 (2008); Keele v. Guajardo, 236 Fed. Appx. 158, 2007 U.S. App. LEXIS 19904 (5th Cir. Tex., 2007); Lopez v. McMillion, 113 S.W.3d 447, 450 (Tex. App.–San Antonio 2003, no pet.); In re Bishop, 2003 Tex. App. LEXIS 5214 (Tex. App. Fort Worth 2003); Ondemir v. Bexar Cty. Clerk, 2001 Tex. App. LEXIS 6488 (Tex. App. 2001).