Jacquelyn Smith Clarke
Jacquelyn Smith Clarke
Jacquelyn Clarke is a Partner in our Atlanta office and also serves as Lead Hiring Partner, overseeing the hiring of associate attorneys across all HBS offices while focusing on the Southeast. Jacque specializes in the defense of both health care providers and professional malpractice matters and 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 with health care providers, suicide cases, and shooting cases), construction wrongful death cases, transportation claims involving multiple death accidents, and general liability matters.
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.
- J.D., magna cum laude, Mercer University, Walter F. George School of Law
- B.S., magna cum laude, Berry College
- American Bar Association
- American Health Law Association
- Atlanta Bar Association
- Berry College Alumni Counsel
- The Anatomy of a COVID-19 Enforcement Appeal – The American Health Law Association Long Term Care and the Law 2022 Program
AHLA 2022, February 2022
- 360 View: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Claims Management– Panel Discussion
CLM Greater Atlanta Chapter and the National African-American Insurance Association, June 2021
- Payments, Politics and Publicity – Updates and Trends in Medical Malpractice and Aging Services
Georgia Defense Lawyers Association’s Annual Meeting, June 2021
- Medical Malpractice Cases
The Litigation Psychology Podcast; January 30, 2023
- Maintaining Your COVID-19 Library of Materials
McKinght’s Long-Term Care News, February 2022
- How Personnel Files Can Affect Medical Malpractice Claims
Law 360, December 2021
- Vaccinate All Educators by April 2021? Acceleration of COVID-19 Vaccination Rollout in Georgia Through the Federal Retail Pharmacy Program
HBS Health Care Highlights Blog, March 2021