James E. Clark is the principal and founder of the firm. Mr. Clark has extensive and diverse experience from representing some of the preeminent financial institutions, private equity funds to the smallest mom and pop businesses and individuals in such matters as commercial real estate sales, leasing and financing; private equity transactions, mergers and acquisitions of public and privately held companies, estate litigation, landlord-tenant litigation, residential real estate purchase and sales, residential real estate leasing; distressed real estate transactions including short sales and bank owned property; commercial mortgage restructuring; foreclosure litigation (both defense and prosecution); creative real estate transactions; land use litigation; zoning applications and litigation; representation before state and federal agencies and administrations; banking transactions; trust and estate planning; construction litigation; contract and commercial drafting; serving as general counsel to companies large and small; family business succession planning; debt restructuring transactions; and personal injury matters. Mr. Clark’s broad based experience uniquely positions him to offer clients a more holistic approach to legal issues, and to ensure that work on one legal issue for a client does not expose a client to potential liability on other fronts.
The son of a gasoline service station construction contractor, Mr. Clark worked as a laborer and later as a service station manager from his childhood to the time he attended his first college classes. Through school he also started and built a number of businesses including a yacht detailing company, a paralegal services firm and a web site design and management company which he sold in 1999 just after deciding to focus 100% of his time and effort to law school. Mr. Clark earned a BBA in Accounting from Hofstra University in 1996, and an MBA in Business Management from Hofstra University in 1998. As a member of the administration at Hofstra University, Mr. Clark continued on to law school graduating from Hofstra University School of Law in 2001 at the top of his class and was invited to join the staff of the Hofstra Law Review after winning its annual legal writing competition. As a member of the Hofstra Law Review, Mr. Clark’s work was selected for publication in the first volume for which he was eligible.
After his first year of law school, Mr. Clark was offered a summer associate and subsequently an associate position with the Wall Street law firm, Milbank, Tweed, Hadley &McLoy LLP, where he had the opportunity to work among some of the best attorneys in the world in representing some of the most preeminent financial institutions, securities exchanges, companies, families and private equity funds in such areas as mergers and acquisitions, venture capital transactions, real estate transactions, estate and tax planning, securities and regulatory compliance and general corporate representation.
Also, during his time at Milbank, Mr. Clark became known as an expert in secondary private equity transactions, published several articles and was invited to speak before other practitioners on the subject of private equity transactions and mergers and acquisitions.
In late 2005, rather than pursue the higher ranks and partnership of a corporate law firm, Mr. Clark went into private practice doing much of the same type of work and broadening his practice to include such areas as his clients required. Mr. Clark also served as a volunteer in the Housing Division of Nassau/Suffolk Law Services representing low-income tenants who were being evicted from their homes.
Mr. Clark has and continues to be an active real estate investor with an initial focus on residential properties, foreclosure investing and private lending and most recently with commercial property investment and development with a particular focus on office, mixed-use and gasoline service station properties.
In private law practice, Mr. Clark relishes the opportunity to serve his clients in managing what may seem like overwhelming and complex legal and business challenges, and seeing simple matters to a swift and efficient conclusion. While fully embracing technology and modern processes to most efficiently deliver legal services to his clients, Mr. Clark was raised and continues to take the “old school” approach in taking the time to serve the person and not just the legal matter at hand. Laws are made by people and therefore the navigation of law and the achievement of justice is always personal.
Mr. Clark is currently based in Babylon, New York where he lives with his wife and two children spending any free time with his family surfing the beaches of Long Island’s south shore and boating on the Great South Bay.