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Jacquelyn Smith Clarke

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

Jacquelyn Clarke is a Partner in our Atlanta office, specializing in the defense of healthcare providers and professional malpractice matters. Jacque focuses her practice on complex medical malpractice cases. Her experience includes a wide variety of areas including heart and spine surgeries, anesthesia claims, and birth trauma cases. Since the beginning of her practice, she has defended complex professional liability cases, including those against doctors, nurses, EMTs, lawyers, engineers, and accountants. She has significant experience in wrongful death, catastrophic injury, and product liability cases.

She also works with aging services providers on issues they face including regulatory compliance, administrative hearings and appeals. She has specialized experience in COVID-19 related claims and regulatory matters. Other areas of experience include premises liability (including at hospitals and healthcare providers, suicide cases and shooting cases), construction wrongful death cases, transportation claims involving multiple death accidents, and general liability matters.

Jacque enjoys being in the courtroom and has tried multiple cases to verdict in state and federal courts. She has been admitted pro hac vice over a dozen times across the United States in multiple jurisdictions as part of HBS’s national counsel trial team. She routinely defends providers, businesses, and insurers in matters with demands in excess of ten million dollars. She has unique experience on our national trial team working with local counsel to prepare cases for trial with very short notice. She has worked with experts around the world and defended cases involving significant media attention.

Jacque earned a Juris Doctorate from the Walter F. George School of Law, where she attended on full scholarship and from which she graduated in the top 10% of her class, receiving the Dean’s Award for Distinguished Service to the Law School. She was a member of the Mercer Law Review, and an active leader and participant in oral advocacy teams at the trial and appellate level including national awards. She also edited the Journal of Southern Legal History—for which she now serves as the Editor in Chief and as the Board Secretary and Trustee for the Georgia Legal History Foundation, a prestigious group of legal scholars and judges in Georgia.

She is also an active participant in the firm’s Women’s Forum and Inclusion and Diversity Committees. She volunteers in the community in several leadership roles, including multiple terms on the Alumni Council for Berry College, from which she graduated magna cum laude, served as Senior Class President, and received multiple athletic, academic, and service scholarships and awards, including an All American award in Cross Country and Track for her academic and athletic performance. In 2020 she was included on the Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch inaugural list.

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

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

PUBLICATIONS

  • How ‘Open And Obvious’ Begets ‘Plain And Palpable’: Appeals Court Rules For State University In Premises Suit,” HBS Governmental Liability Blog, October 2020.
  • “Defense Strategies for Dealing with Life Care Planners” John Hall and Jacquelyn Smith Clarke, Medical Liability Monitor Vol. 44, No. 8 (August 2019).
  • “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
  • American Health Law Association
  • Atlanta Bar Association
  • Berry College Alumni Counsel
  • 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

RECOGNITIONS

  • Best Lawyers®: Ones to Watch, 2021
Written by: Jacquelyn S. Clarke, Esq. and Michael V. Profit, Esq. “Plain, palpable, and undisputed”: that phrase’s appearance in both briefs to the court supporting or
Twenty lawyers from Hall Booth Smith, P.C. (HBS) have been honored in the inaugural edition of the Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch. This recognition is
ATLANTA – August 1, 2019 – Hall Booth Smith, P.C. is pleased to announce that 10 attorneys have been named Partner as the firm recognizes
Practice Specific Experience

Jacquelyn Clarke is a Partner in our Atlanta office, specializing in the defense of healthcare providers and professional malpractice matters. Jacque focuses her practice on complex medical malpractice cases. Her experience includes a wide variety of areas including heart and spine surgeries, anesthesia claims, and birth trauma cases. Since the beginning of her practice, she has defended complex professional liability cases, including those against doctors, nurses, EMTs, lawyers, engineers, and accountants. She has significant experience in wrongful death, catastrophic injury, and product liability cases.

She also works with aging services providers on issues they face including regulatory compliance, administrative hearings and appeals. She has specialized experience in COVID-19 related claims and regulatory matters. Other areas of experience include premises liability (including at hospitals and healthcare providers, suicide cases and shooting cases), construction wrongful death cases, transportation claims involving multiple death accidents, and general liability matters.

Jacque enjoys being in the courtroom and has tried multiple cases to verdict in state and federal courts. She has been admitted pro hac vice over a dozen times across the United States in multiple jurisdictions as part of HBS’s national counsel trial team. She routinely defends providers, businesses, and insurers in matters with demands in excess of ten million dollars. She has unique experience on our national trial team working with local counsel to prepare cases for trial with very short notice. She has worked with experts around the world and defended cases involving significant media attention.

Jacque earned a Juris Doctorate from the Walter F. George School of Law, where she attended on full scholarship and from which she graduated in the top 10% of her class, receiving the Dean’s Award for Distinguished Service to the Law School. She was a member of the Mercer Law Review, and an active leader and participant in oral advocacy teams at the trial and appellate level including national awards. She also edited the Journal of Southern Legal History—for which she now serves as the Editor in Chief and as the Board Secretary and Trustee for the Georgia Legal History Foundation, a prestigious group of legal scholars and judges in Georgia.

She is also an active participant in the firm’s Women’s Forum and Inclusion and Diversity Committees. She volunteers in the community in several leadership roles, including multiple terms on the Alumni Council for Berry College, from which she graduated magna cum laude, served as Senior Class President, and received multiple athletic, academic, and service scholarships and awards, including an All American award in Cross Country and Track for her academic and athletic performance. In 2020 she was included on the Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch inaugural list.

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

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

PUBLICATIONS

  • How ‘Open And Obvious’ Begets ‘Plain And Palpable’: Appeals Court Rules For State University In Premises Suit,” HBS Governmental Liability Blog, October 2020.
  • “Defense Strategies for Dealing with Life Care Planners” John Hall and Jacquelyn Smith Clarke, Medical Liability Monitor Vol. 44, No. 8 (August 2019).
  • “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
  • American Health Law Association
  • Atlanta Bar Association
  • Berry College Alumni Counsel
  • 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

RECOGNITIONS

  • Best Lawyers®: Ones to Watch, 2021
Written by: Jacquelyn S. Clarke, Esq. and Michael V. Profit, Esq. “Plain, palpable, and undisputed”: that phrase’s appearance in both briefs to the court supporting or
Twenty lawyers from Hall Booth Smith, P.C. (HBS) have been honored in the inaugural edition of the Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch. This recognition is
ATLANTA – August 1, 2019 – Hall Booth Smith, P.C. is pleased to announce that 10 attorneys have been named Partner as the firm recognizes
Practice Specific Experience