Clark Wright - Attorney at Law

I. Clark Wright, Jr.


(252) 514-2828 | (252) 229-5900 cell |

Practice Groups:

  • Agribusiness
  • Environmental Law
    (Recognized as USN Best Lawyer in Environmental Law for more than 20 years)
  • Litigation
  • Local Government
  • Real Estate


  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, B.A. Economics, 1979, Phi Beta Kappa
  • University of North Carolina School of Law, J.D., 1983


Clark Wright specializes in Environmental Law, Coastal and Public Trusts, Agricultural and Forest Issues, Zoning and Land Use, Administrative and Civil Litigation and Appellate Practice

Awards and Recognitions:

  • Best Lawyers in America, Top-Rated Environmental Lawyer, 1996-2018
  • Best Lawyers in America, Top Environmental Law Firms in Eastern North Carolina, 2013-2018
  • Business North Carolina Legal Elite, Top-Rated Environmental Lawyer, 2011, 2013-2018
  • Super Lawyers, Top-Rated Environmental Lawyer, 2011-2018
  • Firm recognized by U.S. News Best Law Firms as one of three Top Tier Environmental Law Firms in Wilmington, NC market.
  • Firm recognized by U.S. News Best Law Firms as one of two Top Tier Environmental Law Firms in New Bern, NC market.
  • Martindale Hubble, AV (Preeminent) Peer Review Rating for Ability and Ethics (15+ years)

Professional Associations:

  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Member, Administrative Law Section
  • Member, Environmental and Natural Resources Law Section
  • Board Member, NC Coastal Land Trust
  • Board Member, Appalachian Trail Conservancy
  • Council Member, Administrative Law Section

Previous Employment:

  • North Carolina Attorney General’s Office, Environmental Protection Division, Raleigh, NC
  • Ward and Smith, PA, New Bern, NC

Recent Transactions and Engagements:

  • Served as legal advisor to former Governor James Martin on offshore drilling, working on a number of water and coastal-related issues.
  • Drafted and filed the State’s official Coastal Zone Management Act (CZMA) consistency appeals (later upheld by the US Secretary of Commerce) to protect the State’s calls for more complete information.
  • Provided legal counsel to the State in conducting public hearings up and down the coast.
  • Helped obtain the passage of legislation authorizing a special license plate designed to raise funds for conservation, maintenance and educational projects for the approximately 300 miles of the National Scenic Appalachian Trail that runs through western North Carolina.