R. Clarke Speaks

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Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Wilmington, NC

Speaks Law Firm
 | 2808 Market Street, Wilmington, NC 28403
Phone: 910-341-7570
Fax: 910-341-7571
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2016
Licensed Since: 1997
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (50%),
  • Workers' Compensation: Claimant (50%)
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    Representing injured people over the last twenty years, Clarke Speaks has developed a reputation as one of North Carolina's premier personal injury and workers’ compensation attorneys. Clarke has tried high profile criminal and civil cases in state and federal court. He has represented businesses and individuals throughout Virginia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Georgia and Florida. He has written briefs for the North Carolina Court of Appeals, the NC Supreme Court and the US Supreme Court. He has argued before the NC Court of Appeals, the NC Supreme Court, and the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, VA on many occasions.

    In 2010, Clarke began to focus his practice on helping injured people. The extensive trial experience he developed in criminal courtrooms is of great benefit in personal injury cases. "Most injury cases settle before trial. As a result, most injury attorneys do not have much courtroom experience. Having been in court almost every day for 20 years gives me a tremendous advantage. Trial experience gives me greater credibility with insurance companies. They know that we are very comfortable in the courtroom. They know we can and will go to trial if necessary."

    Clarke draws on those experiences every day to maximize the recovery for every client he represents. In addition, Clarke treats each client with kindness and compassion while building a strong case. The Speaks Law Firm provides top quality legal service to injured people all over North Carolina. "We don't tell our clients what to do. We talk with them. We give them information and help them analyze it. We help them make good decisions."

    Clarke Speaks obtained a Bachelor of Science in Economics from East Carolina University. He then enrolled in the MBA program at East Carolina. Subsequently, Mr. Speaks attended the Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law at Campbell University, where he earned his Juris Doctor and also received the North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers Award for excellence in trial advocacy. While in law school, Clarke clerked for U.S. District Judge Malcolm J. Howard and completed an internship with the district attorney's office for the Fifth Judicial District in Wilmington, NC.

    Clarke has lectured at seminars for the North Carolina Bar Association and other organizations, and has authored several articles and legal guidebooks, including "The North Carolina Auto Injury Book", "The First 72 Hours after an Auto or Workplace Accident", "Busted by the Federal Authorities," “The Road to Recovery” and "The Ten Commandments of Criminal Court."


    Practice Areas
    • 50%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
    • 50%Workers' Compensation: Claimant


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    Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2016

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    About Clarke Speaks

    Admitted: 1997, North Carolina

    Professional Webpage: http://www.speakslaw.com/bio/debbie-black.cfm


    • North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers Award for excellence in Trial Advocacy
    • Outstanding Professors of Law, Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law at Campbell University

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Florida
    • Georgia
    • South Carolina
    • Virginia
    • North Carolina
    • Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals
    • North Carolina Supreme Court
    • United States Supreme Court
    • North Carolina Court of Appeals

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    • Every day someone is injured in an auto accident in North Carolina. What do you do when that someone is you?If you are involved in an auto accident, you will need to make decisions quickly. You need information in order to make good decisions. Making good decisions is going to be important for you and for those who depend on you.The North Carolina Auto Injury Book is concise but complete. It combines commonsense rules for critical decision-making with solid information about the law, the process and the people involved in auto injury claims. With experience, compassion and commitment, attorney Clarke Speaks walks the reader right through the auto accident claims process. He covers the collision, the collision report, medical treatment, the insurance adjuster, settlement and more.The North Carolina Auto Injury Book is required reading for those who want a fair and reasonable settlement for their auto injuries.  Show MoreShow Less, Author, The North Carolina Auto Injury Book, 2012
    • Co-Author, guidebook for Young Lawyers for the North Carolina Bar Association
    • Author, North Carolina Auto Injury Book, Busted by the Federal Authorities and The Ten Commandments of Criminal Court
    • Speaker, continuing legal education seminars for the North Carolina Bar Association

    Educational Background:

    • East Carolina University, M.B.A.
    • East Carolina University, Undergraduate Degree in Economics, 1993
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    Office Location for R. Clarke Speaks

    2808 Market Street
    Wilmington, NC 28403

    Phone: 910-341-7570

    Fax: 910-341-7571

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    Last Updated: 6/5/2018

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