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James D. Clark

Tampa, florida

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Biography Overview

Tampa personal injury attorney James D. Clark is AV and Pre-Eminent rated by Martindale-Hubbell.  Mr. Clark’s practice areas include general negligence, medical malpractice, products liability, and mass torts (unsafe pharmaceutical and medical products).

Mr. Clark was admitted to the Florida Bar in 1975 and the North Carolina Bar in 1979and maintains licenses in both States. He is a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer and has been certified as a Civil Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. Mr. Clark attended Florida State University College of Law graduating in 1974. In 1996, Mr. Clark was presented the Michael A. Fogarty Memorial “In the Trenches Award” which is awarded annually to the civil trial lawyer in Florida’s Thirteenth Judicial Circuit for excellence in trial skills and ethical conduct.  Mr. Clark is a leading Tampa products liability and medical malpractice attorney and is also the author of a chapter in the Florida Medical Malpractice Handbook entitled “Jury Selection” that is published by The Florida Bar.   Notably, Mr. Clark briefed and presented oral argument before the Supreme Court of the United States on behalf of a client in 1983.  The case resulted in a 9-0 decision in favor of his client that was authored by Justice Sandra Day O’Conner.  See, United States of America v. Raymond J. Place, 462 U.S. 696 (1983).

Mr. Clark has been selected annually since 2005 as one of the best lawyers in America by Best Lawyers and he is currently recognized in four separate specialty categories – Personal Injury Litigation, Mass Tort Litigation, Medical Malpractice Law, and Products Liability Law.  On August 15, 2017, Mr. Clark was named 2018 “Lawyer of the Year” in Plaintiff’s Product Liability Litigation in Tampa by Best Lawyers®. Mr. Clark was previously selected as Lawyer of the Year” in 2016 in Plaintiff’s Product Liability Litigation.  Additionally, he also received the “Lawyer of the Year” distinction in 2011 in the field of Medical Malpractice Law.  Best Lawyers is the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession. 

Mr. Clark has been selected annually since the year 2006 by Super Lawyers as one of Florida’s top trial attorneys.  Once again in 2016, Mr. Clark was honored by Super Lawyers as a top personal injury attorney in the State of Florida for his experience and professional achievements.


Practice Areas

  • Product Liability
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Unsafe Drug and Products

Bar Admissions

  • 1975, Florida
  • 1979, North Carolina
  • U.S. District Court, Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Florida
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Second, Fifth and Eleventh Circuits
  • U.S. District Court, Middle and Eastern Districts of North Carolina
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Memberships

  • National Board of Trial Advocacy
  • Eagle member of the Florida Justice Association
  • Executive Council of the Trial Lawyers Section of both The Florida Bar and the Hillsborough County Bar Association
  • American Board of Trial Advocates - President, Tampa Bay Chapter, 1992-93

Education

  • Florida State University College of Law, 1974.