Jacquelyn Smith Clarke

191 Peachtree Street NE
Suite 2900
Atlanta, GA 30303-1775

Jacquelyn Smith Clarke is an Associate in our Atlanta office, specializing in construction, liability, insurance coverage, professional malpractice, transportation and environmental, mass torts and land use matters.

She is a skilled trial attorney with national experience who defends U.S. corporations in a wide variety of complex and catastrophic matters, including jury trials with demands in excess of ten million dollars.

Adept at both direct and cross examinations, she excels in drawing out pertinent facts from expert witnesses in high exposure trials and making persuasive arguments to juries.

Jacquelyn is known for effective short notice appearance in matters already scheduled for trial, and is experienced in transitioning cases from previous or local counsel to a fully prepared trial team.

She also oversees legal staff and attorneys in conducting thorough pre-suit investigations and discovery for matters not yet scheduled for trial.

Jacquelyn earned a Juris Doctorate from the Walter F. George School of Law, where she graduated in the top 10% of her class. She was a member of the Mercer Law Review, the Journal of Southern Legal History and the Mercer Advocacy Council, and she competed in two national moot court competitions. She also coordinated the student mentor program at Mercer and received the Dean’s Award for Distinguished Service to the Law School.

She holds a Bachelor of Science in government and philosophy, magna cum laude, from Berry College. She was involved in community service through the Bonner Scholar Program and spent summers with the Georgia Innocence Project, where she received the Equal Justice Works Education Award for public service.

EXPERIENCE

Significant first and second chair experience at trial, including direct and cross examinations of both fact and expert witnesses.

Defense of corporations, hospitals, professionals and individuals routinely in matters with eight-figure demands.

Management of voluminous electronic discovery.

Admitted pro hac vice and appearance as trial counsel in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Oklahoma and throughout Georgia.

ADMITTED

  • Georgia

EDUCATION

  • J.D., magna cum laude, Mercer University Walter F. George School of Law
  • B.S., magna cum laude, Berry College

PUBLICATIONS

  • “The Proposed Fairness in Disclosure of Evidence Act of 2012: More Cons than Pros with Proposed Disclosure Requirements in Federal Criminal Cases,” 64 Mercer L. Rev. 723.
  • Evidence, 66 Mercer L. Rev. 81 (2014).
  • Evidence, 67 Mercer L. Rev. 63 (2015).
  • Evidence, 68 Mercer L. Rev. 121 (2016).
  • “A Comprehensive Guide for Defending Opioid Claims,” Jill Bechtold, Jacquelyn S. Clarke, John E. Hall, Jr., Stephanie R. McDonald, Jacob Raehn, Annalese Reese. Hall Booth Smith, March 2018

MEMBERSHIPS

  • American Bar Association
  • Atlanta Bar Association
  • Berry College Young Alumni Association
  • Chair of Publications – Georgia Defense Lawyer’s Association Women Litigators Section
  • Co-Chair of Service Juris Inc., Executive Board Member
  • Co-Editor in Chief of Journal of Southern Legal History
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Georgia Defense Lawyers Association
  • Georgia Legal History Foundation Secretary
  • Phi Kappa Phi & Brainerd Currie Honor Societies, 2013-Present
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Jacquelyn Smith Clarke is an Associate in our Atlanta office, specializing in construction, liability, insurance coverage, professional malpractice, transportation and environmental, mass torts and land use matters.

She is a skilled trial attorney with national experience who defends U.S. corporations in a wide variety of complex and catastrophic matters, including jury trials with demands in excess of ten million dollars.

Adept at both direct and cross examinations, she excels in drawing out pertinent facts from expert witnesses in high exposure trials and making persuasive arguments to juries.

Jacquelyn is known for effective short notice appearance in matters already scheduled for trial, and is experienced in transitioning cases from previous or local counsel to a fully prepared trial team.

She also oversees legal staff and attorneys in conducting thorough pre-suit investigations and discovery for matters not yet scheduled for trial.

Jacquelyn earned a Juris Doctorate from the Walter F. George School of Law, where she graduated in the top 10% of her class. She was a member of the Mercer Law Review, the Journal of Southern Legal History and the Mercer Advocacy Council, and she competed in two national moot court competitions. She also coordinated the student mentor program at Mercer and received the Dean’s Award for Distinguished Service to the Law School.

She holds a Bachelor of Science in government and philosophy, magna cum laude, from Berry College. She was involved in community service through the Bonner Scholar Program and spent summers with the Georgia Innocence Project, where she received the Equal Justice Works Education Award for public service.

EXPERIENCE

Significant first and second chair experience at trial, including direct and cross examinations of both fact and expert witnesses.

Defense of corporations, hospitals, professionals and individuals routinely in matters with eight-figure demands.

Management of voluminous electronic discovery.

Admitted pro hac vice and appearance as trial counsel in Alabama, Arkansas, California, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Oklahoma and throughout Georgia.

ADMITTED

  • Georgia

EDUCATION

  • J.D., magna cum laude, Mercer University Walter F. George School of Law
  • B.S., magna cum laude, Berry College

PUBLICATIONS

  • “The Proposed Fairness in Disclosure of Evidence Act of 2012: More Cons than Pros with Proposed Disclosure Requirements in Federal Criminal Cases,” 64 Mercer L. Rev. 723.
  • Evidence, 66 Mercer L. Rev. 81 (2014).
  • Evidence, 67 Mercer L. Rev. 63 (2015).
  • Evidence, 68 Mercer L. Rev. 121 (2016).
  • “A Comprehensive Guide for Defending Opioid Claims,” Jill Bechtold, Jacquelyn S. Clarke, John E. Hall, Jr., Stephanie R. McDonald, Jacob Raehn, Annalese Reese. Hall Booth Smith, March 2018

MEMBERSHIPS

  • American Bar Association
  • Atlanta Bar Association
  • Berry College Young Alumni Association
  • Chair of Publications – Georgia Defense Lawyer’s Association Women Litigators Section
  • Co-Chair of Service Juris Inc., Executive Board Member
  • Co-Editor in Chief of Journal of Southern Legal History
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Georgia Defense Lawyers Association
  • Georgia Legal History Foundation Secretary
  • Phi Kappa Phi & Brainerd Currie Honor Societies, 2013-Present
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