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V. Thomas Clark Jr.

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I view myself as a problem solver – a person who tries to find the middle ground – by facilitating communication and overcoming the roadblocks that inhibit the resolution of disputes. Once people hear and understand one another, then creative solutions can be identified that lead to the resolution of the problem.

Tom Clark’s practice focuses on insurance regulatory law and dispute resolution, state procurement and contract dispute resolution, complex commercial litigation, executive and legislative branch government relations and filmed entertainment representation. Tom represents entities ranging in size from Fortune 500 companies down to locally owned sole proprietorships, providing results-oriented representation.

In the insurance arena, Tom is an active participant in the legislative and administrative process in the formulation and interpretation of laws and regulations, which impact all form of regulated entities (companies, funds, employers, producers, and intermediaries). He also assists those entities in obtaining regulatory consents and approvals as well dispute resolution through the administrative and judicial process where necessary.

In procurement and public contract matters, Tom represents proposers throughout the solicitation process to help obtain their desired objectives. He also represents contractors in negotiating and obtaining mutually acceptable resolutions of contractual disputes.

A client once complimented me by telling me ‘you can handle something beginning to end – whether it involves regulation, litigation, or legislation – it makes things so much easier and efficient.

Education

  • Louisiana State University Paul M. Hebert Law Center, J.D., 1990
  • Louisiana State University, B.A., 1986

Bar Admissions

  • Louisiana

Court Admissions

  • Louisiana Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Louisiana

Community Involvement

Throughout his career, Tom has been an active advisor, board member and supporter of numerous community organizations, events and economic development endeavors.
In 2014, he was elected Chair of The Committee of 100 for Economic Development, Inc., a statewide nonprofit, non-partisan organization formed to provide leadership and resources to effect positive change by supporting efforts to improve the economy, government, education and workforce development and to thereby improve the quality of life for all the people of Louisiana. He continues to serve on the Executive Committee and serves as the Chair of C100’s Fiscal Reform Committee.

He also currently serves on the Board of the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, the Executive Committee and Board of the Property Insurance Association of Louisiana, and the Executive Committee and Board of Teach For America – South Louisiana.

In 2016, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards named Tom as his sole appointee to the 13-member Task Force on Structural Changes in Budget and Tax Policy. The Task Force was created by the Louisiana Legislature in the 2016 Extraordinary Session as the body charged with conducting a comprehensive review of Louisiana’s tax and budgeting laws and practices for the purpose of recommending long-term initiatives for structural reform to the Governor.

Acknowledgements

  • AV® Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Best Lawyers® - Administrative/Regulatory Law, Commercial Litigation, Entertainment Law – Motion Pictures and Television, Government Contracts, Insurance Law, Professional Malpractice Law - Defendants
  • Best Lawyers® "Lawyer of the Year" 2017 - Administrative/Regulatory Law
  • Fifth Circuit Editor for the American Bar Association Reference Handbook on Insurance Company Insolvency, 4th Edition
  • Task Force on Structural Changes in Budget & Tax Policy (2016) - sole designee of Governor John Bel Edwards
  • Board of Regents Stakeholder Collaborative, C100 representative

Professional Affiliations & Memberships

  • Louisiana Committee of 100 for Economic Development, Immediate Past President and Chair of the Executive Committee, (2015-2016), Chair of the Fiscal Reform Committee
  • Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities,  Board of Trustees, Strategic Programming Committee, Governance Committee, Governmental Relations Committee, Personnel Committee, and Litigation Committee  
  • Property Insurance Association of Louisiana, Board of Directors and Executive Committee
  • Teach for America South Louisiana, Board of Trustees, Executive Committee and Development and Nominating Committee Chair
  • Baton Rouge Bar Association 
  • Louisiana State Bar Association 
  • Federal Bar Association 
  • International Association of Insurance Receivers 
  • USTA Louisiana, League Team Captain 
  • Greater Baton Rouge Community Tennis Association, Team Captain 
  • Baton Rouge Area Chamber Canvas Workshop participant in Raleigh-Durham, Richmond, Pittsburgh and Louisville 
  • Leadership Louisiana, Class of 2013
  • Association of Louisiana Lobbyists
  • Favorably resolved a multimillion dollar industry wide regulatory dispute that arose from an ambiguity in the law through a coordinated negotiation with the Commissioner of Insurance and the Office of Motor Vehicles to pass corrective legislation while utilizing administrative litigation to protect client’s interests resulting in a clarified law and fair and enforceable regulatory scheme.
  • Successfully secured the rescission of multimillion dollar procurement contract awards arising from noncompliance or irregularities in the award process.