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John C. Clark

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Macon, GA

Clark, Smith & Sizemore, LLC
150 College St
Macon, GA 31201
Phone: 478-254-5040
Fax: 478-254-5041
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2022
Licensed in Georgia Since: 1989
Practice Areas: Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff, Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff, Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff
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Attorney Profile

John Christopher Clark (Chris) is a founding attorney at Clark, Smith & Sizemore, LLC a leading personal injury law firm in Macon, Georgia. Dedicated to seeking justice for the injured, he works to hold commercial trucking companies, nursing homes, insurance companies and other responsible parties accountable for their negligence.

Mr. Clark has received an AV* rating from Martindale-Hubbell. Further, he has received "Best Lawyers in America" designation each year beginning in 2009 and is listed as one of the "Best Lawyers in America" in the field of personal injury.  He was chosen as the "Best Lawyer" Personal Injury Macon GA for 2015, 2017, 2020 and 2022. He has been chosen for inclusion in the Georgia Super Lawyers listing each year since 2007. He has been included in the Top 100 Super Lawyers for years 2018-2021.  In December 2016, Georgia Trend named him as one of Georgia Trend's Legal Elite - selected by his peers. Mr. Clark received the coveted Traditions in Excellence award in June 2018 for "Excellence and Service to the Public and Georgia State Bar." Mr Clark was inducted into the American College of Lawyers in September 2019. Mr. Clark received the William A. Bootle Professionalism Award for the Macon Bar Association on May 29, 2020.

Mr. Clark graduated summa cum laude from The Citadel and served as an officer in the United States Army. He received his law degree from Mercer University where he was the Mercer Law Review editor and member of the Brainerd Currie Honor Society. Mr. Clark has served as president of the Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, president of the Macon Bar Association and president of the Middle Georgia Trial Lawyers Association. He served on the Board of Governors of the State Bar of Georgia from 2011 - 2017. He is a member of the American Association of Justice, the American Board of Trial Advocates, the American and Federal Bar Associations, the State Bar of Georgia and the Macon Georgia Bar.

Chris is a master in the William A. Bootle Inn of Court, an organization of esteemed lawyers in the Macon area. Further, he has been an adjunct professor at Mercer Law School for 19 years, teaching Advanced Legal Writing and Trial practice to third-year students and now teaches Trial Advocacy.

* AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories: legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
  • 70%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
  • 20%Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff
  • 10%Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff
Focus Areas

Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Medical Malpractice

Selections

16 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2007 - 2022

Certificates and Credentials

About John C. Clark

First Admitted: 1989, Georgia

Professional Webpage: http://www.clarksmithsizemore.com/Attorneys/John-C-Clark.sht...

Honors/Awards

  • Listed in Best Lawyers Premier Guide, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
  • , William A. Bootle Professionalism Award for the Macon Bar Association , Macon Bar Association, 2020
  • Awarded at the State Bar of Georgia annual meeting June 8, 2018 The General Practice and Trial Section awards John Christopher Clark for His Tradition of Excellence and Service to the Public and Bar in this State, Traditions in Excellence, Georgia State Bar , 2018
  • 5.0 AV Rating from Martindale-Hubbell
  • "The 100 Most Influential Individuals Who Help Shape & Guide Atlanta's Legal Industries", Atlanta Business Chronicle
  • Super Lawyers are selected by a "patented selection process which includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations." 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, Super Lawyer Georgia, 2007
  • 10.0 Superb AVVO Rating
  • An honor selected by peers.  Legal Elite selection published in December 2016 Georgia Trend magazine. , Georgia Trend's 2016 Legal Elite, Georgia Trend, 2016

Educational Background

  • The Citadel

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Worker's Compensation Seminar , Speaker, 2013
  • Speaker, Essentials of Appellate Practice, 2004
  • Adjunct Professor, Advanced Legal Writing / Trial Practice, Mercer Law School 15 years
  • Worker's Compensation Law Institute, Speaker, 2014
  • Discovery In a Trucking Case and Truck Wrecks in Construction Zones, Speaker, 2014
  • Speaker, Essentials of Road Defects, 2015
  • Co-Author Trial Practice Manual 2012, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Co-Chair The Citadel Capital Campaign , 2015

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Board Of Governors, State Bar of Georgia , 2016
  • Inducted into the American College of Trial Lawyers 9/27/2019, 2019
  • United States District Court for the Middle District of Georgia
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
  • President, Middle Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, 1999 - 2000
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Barrister, Master, William A. Bootle Inn of Court
  • Board of Governors, State Bar of Georgia 2015
  • Georgia Supreme Court
  • Georgia Court of Appeals
  • President, Macon Bar Association, 2008 - 2009
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Board of Governors, State Bar of Georgia, 2013
  • President, Georgia Trial Lawyers Association, 2009 - 2010
  • Board of Governors, State Bar of Georgia  , 2015
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Georgia
  • United States Supreme Court
  • Member, President's Club, American Associate of Justice
  • Board of Governors, State Bar of Georgia, 2011
  • Board of Governors, State Bar of Georgia, 2012
  • Board of Governors, State Bar of Georgia 2014, 2014

Verdicts/Settlements

  • 15 yr old boy participating in an organized race at motorcross track.  He falls off bike and severely cuts leg on exposed metal culvert pipe.  Plaintiff endures 7 surgeries.  Jury awards $15 million to plaintiff.  Jury agreed that Durhamtown was responsible for providing a safe track for the riders. , 2019
  • Mother was high risk pregnancy complained about physical ailments that indicated possible impending early labor. Doctors ignored her concerns, baby born at 23 weeks and died.  Jury Verdict $4.3 million , 2015

Comments

  • “One of the best trial lawyers in Georgia.”
  • “Chris is an awesome lawyer - smart, thorough, talented - the whole package.”
  • “Chris is very detailed in thorough in handling a cse. He works incredibly hard for his clients and has excellent results.”
  • “One of a very small group of truely excellant lawyers I have had a chance to observe.”

These comments were made by fellow attorneys during the annual nomination process.

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Office Location for John C. Clark

150 College St
Macon, GA 31201

Phone: 478-254-5040

Fax: 478-254-5041

Last Updated: 5/15/2022

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