Clark Wright - Attorney at Law

I. Clark Wright, Jr.

NEW BERN

(252) 514-2828 | (252) 229-5900 cell | icw@dhwlegal.com

Practice Groups:

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

Education:

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

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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, 1996-2017
  • Super Lawyers Magazine, Top 15 Environmental Law Firms in North Carolina, 2014-2017
  • Best Lawyers in America, Top 3 Environmental Law Firms in Eastern North Carolina, 2013-2017
  • Business North Carolina Legal Elite, Top-Rated Environmental Lawyer, 2011, 2013-2017
  • Super Lawyers, Top-Rated Environmental Lawyer, 2011-2017
  • 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.