Mr. Clarke's accomplishments in the field of complex civil litigation have earned him widespread recognition, including an AV peer rating in Martindale Hubbell (highest rating), and designation as a New Jersey Super Lawyer. With more than 50 reported decisions to his credit, Mr. Clarke has made a career of handling high-profile matters from trial through final appeal. Recently, his advocacy resulted in multi-billionaire Ronald O. Perelman's trial attorneys being assessed the largest frivolous litigation sanction in New Jersey history. Other exemplary cases include his representation of the New Jersey State Police in individual and class action suits arising out of the "racial profiling" Turnpike controversy, defeat of Donald Trump's efforts to block development of Atlantic City's Marina District and construction of the Borgata, and successful defense of the Chief Justice of New Jersey against charges of film censorship. Mr. Clarke has a diverse and broad practice of commercial and tort litigation, with areas of concentration in civil rights law, construction law, employment law, estate law, government law, insurance coverage and defense.
Before joining DeCotiis, Mr. Clarke spent twelve years with the New Jersey Attorney General's Office, where, as Assistant Attorney General in Charge of Litigation, he was responsible for all civil litigation involving the State of New Jersey, its agencies and employees, and for supervising the litigation activities of more than 400 attorneys in the Division of Law. In addition to arguing numerous cases before the Supreme Court of New Jersey, such as Abbott v. Burke, and acting as lead trial counsel in many prominent cases in state and federal court, Mr. Clarke also acted as the liaison to UMDNJ's Risk Management Department, in which capacity he oversaw all of that institution's medical malpractice litigation.
Mr. Clarke graduated first in his class at Rutgers College (B.A., English, 1976), and attended Yale Law School (J.D., 1979). He was fortunate to serve as a law clerk to the Hon. Milton Pollack, U.S.D.J., in the Southern District of New York, whose innovations in civil procedure and civil discovery have had a profound and lasting influence on modern federal practice.
New Jersey (1979)
New York (1980)