“My first real job was at McDonald’s, where I worked for Charlie Valluzzo and many other managers who taught me a lot. My friends and colleagues at Kean Miller make fun of me for continuing to tell McDonald’s stories’ 35 years later. However, there is a piece of advice from one of my former managers, Charlie Jones, that I took to heart. He told me that if you wanted to advance up the corporate ladder, you had to train people to take your place. I am not sure if that philosophy is taught in management schools across the country, but it always made sense to me.”
Professional experience: He joined Kean Miller in 1984 as one of the firm’s first associates and became managing partner in 2013. He handles complex transactions for large, international firms, helps clients buy and sell businesses, and works with local clients in planning the organizational structure and day-to-day operations of their businesses. He is listed in Best Lawyers in America for corporate law and mergers and acquisitions and was named one of “America’s leading lawyers for business” by Chambers USA. Best Lawyers in America named him the Baton Rouge “Lawyer of the Year” for 2014 in mergers and acquisitions.
In the news: During Clark’s tenure as managing partner, Kean Miller’s attorney count has increased by more than 20%. The firm has added a new office in Shreveport with eight attorneys, opened a newly renovated 33,000-square-foot office in New Orleans, and undertaken a significant technology upgrade.