Biography

Clark Cole is a trial lawyer whose practice is devoted exclusively to litigation. He has tried cases to verdict in 13 different state and federal jurisdictions.

Clark concentrates in the areas of insurance, commercial and personal injury litigation. His practice is equally divided between Missouri (admitted 1980) and Illinois (admitted 1981). He serves as leader of the firm's Insurance Coverage and Litigation practice area and is a Fellow in the American College of Coverage Counsel.

Education

  • University of Missouri School of Law  (J.D., 1980)
    • Order of the Coif
    • The Order of Barristers
    • Missouri Law Review (Note and Comment Editor)
    • Ike Skelton Trial Practice Award Recipient (1980)
    • The University of Missouri Law School Foundation (Member, Board of Trustees)
  • Louisiana State University  (B.A., 1977)
    • Alumni Service Award (1991)
    • St. Louis LSU Alumni Club (Former President)

Admissions

  • Missouri, 1980
  • Illinois, 1981
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Missouri
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Illinois

Professional Activities

  • American Bar Association (Chair, TIPS Health and Disability Insurance Law Committee 1998-99) 
  • American Bar Foundation (Fellow) 
  • Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel (Chair, Reinsurance, Excess and Surplus Lines Section, 2008-2010; Trial Tactics, Practice & Procedures Section, 2004-05; Life, Health and Disability Section, 1995-98)
  • International Association of Defense Counsel 
  • Defense Research Institute (Missouri State Representative, 2003-06)
  • The Missouri Bar (Chair, Medical - Legal Relations Committee, 1997-98; Chair, Insurance Law Committee, 1990-92) 
  • Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers (Former Director and President) 
  • Illinois State Bar Association 
  • Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis (Chair, Bench & Bar Committee, 1996-99)
  • Madison and St. Clair County (Illinois) Bar Associations

Accolades

  • American College of Coverage Counsel (Fellow)
  • Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers in Business, Commercial Litigation (2010-present)
  • The Best Lawyers in America®;Insurance Law, Litigation-Insurance and Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants (2007-present); Lawyer of the Year (2012, 2016, 2019)
  • Martindale-Hubbell and American Lawyer Media (ALM) Top Rated Lawyer, Healthcare and Commercial Litigation (2012, 2013); AV® Peer Rated
  • Defense Research Institute’s State Leadership Award (2006)
  • Missouri/Kansas Super Lawyers® (2008-2016); Super Lawyers®, Business Edition (2011-present)