I. Clark Wright, Jr.



Office: (252) 514-2828; Ext: 7054
Direct: (252) 262-7054
Fax: (252) 262-7054
mobile: (252) 229-5900


Practice Groups:

  • Agribusiness
  • Environmental Law
  • Litigation


  • 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 focuses on Environmental Law, Agribusiness and Commercial Litigation.

Awards and Recognitions:

  • Recognized by Chambers and Partners as one of North Carolina’s top lawyers in the field of Environmental Law, 2020-Present
  • Recognized as Best Lawyers in America, Top-Rated Environmental Lawyer, 1996-Present
  • Recognized as Best Lawyers in America, Top Environmental Law Firms in Eastern North Carolina, 2013-Present
  • Recognized by Business North Carolina Magazine as a member of the “Legal Elite” in the field of Environmental Law, 2011, 2013-Present
  • Recognized as Super Lawyers, Top-Rated Environmental Lawyer, 2011-Present
  • AV (Preeminent) Peer Review Rating for Ability & Ethics from Martindale-Hubbell

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
  • Ward and Smith, PA

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.