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My goal is to get a solid result for my client without resorting to litigation. But when that’s not possible, I will take the case as far as the client needs me to – through trial and appeal.

Clarence A. Wilbon advises financial services clients in the Southeast in commercial litigation matters, loan workouts and restructures, as well as disputes involving lender liability, loan practices, fraudulent transfers, breach of contract and fiduciary duty, fraud and misrepresentation, and more. He also represents health care and life sciences companies concerning risk management, product liability, contract disputes, employment, restrictive covenants, and a full range of business disputes. His product liability practice centers on representing pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers in state and federal court product liability actions, handling cases involving a variety of products, including medicines and medical devices.  Clarence also represents clients in litigation regarding credit collection practices, including alleged violations of the TCPA.

Clarence also advises employers in multiple industries on employment issues and litigation, including representing clients in various state and federal forums and jurisdictions on a variety of issues including restrictive covenants, defamation, wrongful termination, and retaliation.

He has taken cases to trial and verdict, in state and federal court, in bench and jury trials, and in appellate actions before state courts in Tennessee and Kentucky and the Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Circuit Courts of Appeal.

In hiring me, my clients get a true professional partner. My aim is to become an extension of their business – to help them achieve the results they want for their business.

Education

  • University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, J.D., 2000
  • Arkansas State University, B.A., 1996

Bar Admissions

  • Tennessee
  • Kentucky

Court Admissions

  • Tennessee
  • Kentucky
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

Acknowledgements

  • Best Lawyers® - Commercial Litigation, Litigation – Banking and Finance
  • Litigation Counsel of America, Fellow

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

  • International Association of Defense Counsel
  • Litigation Counsel of America Trial Law Institute, Diversity Law Institute
  • Tennessee Bar Association
  • Memphis Bar Association
  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • American Bar Association (Banking and Lender Liability Litigation Subcommittee, Co-Chair)
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Tennessee Bar Association, Law Leadership, Class of 2008
  • Memphis Bar Association Leadership Forum, Class of 2006
  • University of Louisville, Former Adjunct Professor of Law, 2002-2003
  • Journal of Law and Education, Member
  • Grace St. Luke’s Episcopal School, Board of Trustees
  • Germantown Baseball Club, Board of Directors

Commercial Litigation

  • Represent the leading global industrial water treatment company in a breach of contract case against a global chemical supplier relating to a long-term purchase contract with a fixed price on products. The chemical supplier defaulted on the contract. Successfully obtained injunctive relief forcing the chemical supplier’s strict compliance with the contract.
  • Represented a nationwide healthcare provider in a breach of contract suit against a County government following the County’s improper termination of a successful RFP bid to continue providing clinical services. Obtained a complete reversal of the County’s actions and extension of the client’s existing services contract.
  • Representing leading tourism and hospitality company in multi-action litigation involving various government agencies and an NBA team. Successfully argued before the Tennessee Supreme Court and reversed the lower court’s decision.
  • Representing a British multinational medical equipment manufacturing company in a suit alleging violation of a non-compete agreement. Obtained a temporary restraining order (TRO) and a preliminary injunction prohibiting the employee from working for the competitor in violation of the agreement.
  • Representing a British multinational medical equipment manufacturing company in a suit arising from the death of an employee who overdosed on the premises.

Financial Services Litigation

  • Representing financial institutions and major companies in state and federal cases, including lender liability, loan practices, fraudulent transfers, breach of contract and fiduciary duty, fraud and misrepresentation, mergers and acquisitions, class actions, and more.

Healthcare Disputes

  • Representing health care and life sciences companies concerning risk management, product liability, contract disputes, labor and employment, restrictive covenants, mergers and acquisitions, and the full range of business disputes.

Products Liability and Torts

  • Representing pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers in various state and federal court product liability actions, handling cases involving a variety of products, including medicines and medical devices.
  • Representing a chemical product manufacturer in a products liability suit arising out of the use of stripping gel.

Employment Litigation

  • Counseling and representing clients in various state and federal forums and jurisdictions on a variety of issues including restrictive covenants, race, gender, age, and disability discrimination; sexual harassment; defamation; wrongful termination; and retaliation.
  • Represented one of the world’s largest publishers of magazine media in a racial and civil rights discrimination lawsuit stemming from the separation of minority employees of the company.