I view myself as a problem solver – a person who tries to find the middle ground – by facilitating communication and overcoming the roadblocks that inhibit the resolution of disputes. Once people hear and understand one another, then creative solutions can be identified that lead to the resolution of the problem.
Primary Practice: Litigation
Tom Clark’s practice focuses on insurance regulatory law and dispute resolution, state procurement and contract dispute resolution, complex commercial litigation, executive and legislative branch government relations and filmed entertainment representation. Tom represents entities ranging in size from Fortune 500 companies down to locally owned sole proprietorship, providing results-oriented representation.
In the insurance arena, Tom is an active participant in the legislative and administrative process in the formulation and interpretation of laws and regulations, which impact all form of regulated entities (companies, funds, employers, producers, and intermediaries). He also assists those entities in obtaining regulatory consents and approvals as well dispute resolution through the administrative and judicial process where necessary.
In procurement and public contract matters, Tom represents proposers throughout the solicitation process to help obtain their desired objectives. He also represents contractors in negotiating and obtaining mutually acceptable resolutions of contractual disputes.
Throughout his career, Tom has been an active advisor, board member and supporter of numerous community organizations, events and economic development endeavors. In 2014, he was elected Chair of The Committee of 100 for Economic Development, Inc., a statewide nonprofit, non-partisan organization formed to provide leadership and resources to effect positive change by supporting efforts to improve the economy, government, education and workforce development and to thereby improve the quality of life for all the people of Louisiana. He continues to serve on the Executive Committee and serves as the Chair of C100’s Fiscal Reform Committee.
He also currently serves on the Board of the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, the Executive Committee and Board of the Property Insurance Association of Louisiana, and the Executive Committee and Board of Teach For America – South Louisiana.
In 2016, Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards named Tom as his sole appointee to the 13-member Task Force on Structural Changes in Budget and Tax Policy. The Task Force was created by the Louisiana Legislature in the 2016 Extraordinary Session as the body charged with conducting a comprehensive review of Louisiana’s tax and budgeting laws and practices for the purpose of recommending long-term initiatives for structural reform to the Governor.