Suzanne Clark has years of professional experience that have proved to be invaluable in her career. She founded Clark Law Firm PLLC in 2012 but had prior experience inside and outside the courtroom. 


Before becoming an attorney, Clark worked as a chemical engineer in the semiconductor industry. With a bachelor’s in both chemical engineering and engineering, she earned her J.D. 25 years later. 


For the first half of her career, Clark climbed the corporate ladder to the executive level, managing an international team of engineers and sales professionals.


“I left my corporate job in my mid-forties to go to law school and pursued a second career that I enjoy a great deal,” Clark said, explaining her decision stemmed largely from wanting more control over both her personal and professional schedules. 


Clark attended the University of Arkansas School of Law, where she graduated summa cum laude in 2008. She served as Editor-in-Chief of the Arkansas Law Review. In 2013, Governor Mike Beebe appointed Clark to serve as a special associate justice on a case appearing before the Arkansas Supreme Court. Clark is admitted to practice before all state and federal Arkansas Courts and the U.S. Supreme Court. 


“I think being appointed to serve as an Associate Justice on the Arkansas Supreme Court by Gov. Beebe was one of my most meaningful accomplishments. It meant a lot more than some of the plaques or other accolades I’ve received, and I was so very honored to be elected by my peers to serve as President of the Arkansas Bar Association,” Clark said. 


Clark has received several honors throughout her career, including being named to the Top 50: 2023 Women Mid-South Super Lawyers and Top 50: 2023 Arkansas Super Lawyers list. 


Before opening her own practice, Clark said she was fortunate to work as an attorney at the largest national law firm in the state, where she gained experience in a wide range of civil litigation. At Clark Law Firm, she handles all types of civil litigation, with a focus on complex commercial cases.  


“We are a small firm, but we take pride in performing at a level that competes with any firm in the state in terms of the professionalism and quality of work that we provide to our clients,” Clark said.


Passionate about her career, Clark also strives to keep a level of pro bono work in the firm as a way to serve those in need of legal services.


“There are so many people who don’t have access to legal services, especially with litigation, because it’s a very expensive process. So when Legal Aid reaches out, we try to accept cases when we can,” Clark said. 


While Clark is busy both in and outside the courtroom, she is also committed to educating future professionals throughout the state. Serving as an adjunct professor at the University of Arkansas, Clark currently teaches Legal Aspects of Construction for the College of Engineering and has also taught as an adjunct at the School of Law. Clark currently serves as the Board President of the Arkansas Women’s Hall of Fame and is active in her community.


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