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 as Best Lawyers in America, Top-Rated Environmental Lawyer, 1996-2021
Recognized as Best Lawyers in America, Top Environmental Law Firms in Eastern North Carolina, 2013-2021
Recognized by Business North Carolina Magazine as a member of the “Legal Elite” in the field of Environmental Law, 2011, 2013-2018
Recognized as 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.
AV (Preeminent) Peer Review Rating for Ability & Ethics from Martindale-Hubbell
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
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.