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Donald Otis Clark

Donald Otis Clark, American lawyer. Bar: South Carolina 1963, Georgia 1964, District of Columbia, 1999.


  • Clark, Donald Otis was born on May 30, 1934 in Charlotte, North Carolina, United States. Son of Otis and Ruby Lee (Church) Clark.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Arts South Carolina, 1956. Juris Doctor cum laude, University South Carolina, 1963. Master of Arts, University Illinois, 1957.


    • Practice law, Atlanta, 1963-1983. Member Candler, Cox, McClain & Andrews, 1968-1970, McClain, Mellen, Bowling & Hickman, 1970-1975. Partner King & Spalding, 1975-1978.

      Senior partner Hurt, Richardson, Garner, Todd & Cadenhead, 1978-1983. Partner Bishop, Liberman, Cook, Purcell & Reynolds, Washington, 1983-1986, Kaplan Russin & Vecchi, Washington, 1986-1992, Whitman & Ranson (merged with Breed Abbot & Morgan 1993), Washington, 1992-1993. Senior partner Whitman Breed Abbott & Morgan, 1993-1995.

      Partner Keck, Mahin & Cate, 1995-1997, Reed Smith LLP, Washington, 1997—2006. Mediator United States Bankruptcy Court (southern district) New York, since 2006. Member district export council United States Dept Commerce, since 1974.

      Adjunct professor law Emory University, since 1970, United States.C., 1974. Lecturer Georgia State University, 1972. Member board visiting University South Carolina, since 2006.

      Lecturer numerous international trade seminars and workshops.

    Major achievements

    • Bar: South Carolina 1963, Georgia 1964, District of Columbia, 1999.


    • Author: German government study on doing business in Southeastern United States, 1974. Editor-in-chief: South Carolina Law Review, 1963. Contributor articles to professional journals.


    Served to captain United States Air Force, 1957-1960. Member Atlanta Bar Association, American Bar Association, South Carolina Bar Association, Georgia Bar Association, District of Columbia Bar Association, Lawyers Club Atlanta, American Judicature Society, American Society International Law, Atlanta Chamber C., Georgia Chamber of Commerce (executive committee International Councils), Institute International Education (chairman Southeastern regional advisory board since 1974, national trustee), Southern Consortium International Education Inc. (director), Wig & Robe, Sigma Chi (president 1956 Province Balfour award), Omicron Delta Kappa, Kappa Sigma Kappa, Phi Delta Phi (president 1963 Province Graduate of Year award).


    • Married Jo Ann Hager, June 15, 1957 (divorced 1980). Children: Deborah Elise, Stephen Merritt. Married Anja Maria Smith, November 5, 1983.
    • father: Otis Clark
    • mother: Ruby Lee (Church) Clark
    • spouses: Jo Ann Hager
    • Anja Maria Smith
    • children: Deborah Elise Clark
    • Stephen Merritt Clark
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