Atlanta, Georgia—On Friday, April 17th, John “Chris” Clark of Macon, Georgia, will become the Georgia Trial Lawyer Association’s (GTLA) 53rd President during the Association’s Annual Convention.
“It has been one of the greatest honors of my life to serve as the President of GTLA,” said outgoing President, Fred Orr, whose one-year term expires this Friday. “I will be handing over the reins of the GTLA Presidency to one of my dear friends and one of GTLA's finest trial lawyers, Chris Clark of Macon, Georgia. He will be an outstanding President of GTLA.”
Clark, a native Georgian, has been practicing law for 20 years. As a partner in O’Neal, Brown and Clark, his practice focuses on representing severely injured individuals or the families of persons killed through negligence.
Clark graduated summa cum laude from The Citadel and was a former officer in the United States Army. He then attended Mercer Law School where he was a Mercer Law Review editor and member of the Brainerd Currie Honor Society before graduating cum laude. Now, Clark is an adjunct professor at Mercer Law School and he regularly lectures at various Continuing Legal Education seminars. Clark is married to Elizabeth Clark and together they have raised two sons, John and Robert.
“I am humbled and proud to be the next President of the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association because without GTLA, the Constitutional promise of justice for all would be significantly endangered,” said Clark. “Protecting and preserving the promise of justice for all Georgians, from all walks of life—remains the essential mission of GTLA. GTLA’s vision of fairness and justice for all is needed now more than ever.”
Clark will be voted in as President at the business meeting during the GTLA Annual Convention at the Four Seasons Hotel. The Annual Convention culminates Friday night with a President’s Gala featuring keynote speaker Congressman Bruce Braley from Iowa. The Gala will celebrate outgoing President Orr and welcome incoming President Clark.
“President Fred Orr did an outstanding job leading GTLA over the past year. I am honored to be following behind such a strong and charismatic leader,” said Clark.
Said Orr, “Chris brings a personal passion to all he does and has a unique understanding of the needs of our members - particularly those outside the metro-Atlanta area. Chris is a true Champion of the Civil Justice System.”
In addition to his leadership in GTLA, Clark is named in the “Best Lawyers in America,” is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates and a Master in the Bootle Inn of Court. He is President of the Macon Bar Association and he is a member of the President’s Club of the American Associate of Justice. Clark has been repeatedly named as a “Super Lawyer” by Atlanta Magazine.