Florine "Flo" L. Clark, Esq. has outside and in-house litigation experience that gives her a unique perspective and a practical approach to solving problems. Ms. Clark is a former civil litigator who tried cases for the first ten years of her career. She then went in-house for sixteen years, managing litigation and employment matters on regional and national levels. She also handled risk management, crisis management, and conducted internal investigations.
Ms. Clark is a firm believer in parties remaining captains of their own destiny. Mediation gives the parties an opportunity to come up with creative solutions that the law would not give them. Ms. Clark’s experience trying her own cases gave her an understanding of how easily things can go wrong, and how intuitive you have to be to manage problems as they arise. Ms. Clark likes to use that experience and intuition to solve problems and loves coming up with creative solutions that are good for all involved.
Ms. Clark is known for being tenacious in her efforts to come to a resolution. Those who have worked closely with Ms. Clark describe her as diplomatic and able to get the point across without offending anyone or putting them on the defensive. Her natural empathy leads to creative problem solving. She is able to help people resolve issues without feeling like they lost.
Trial and Appellate Experience
Ms. Clark has tried many cases in a wide range of disputes including: Landlord/Tenant, construction, condemnation, creditor bankruptcy, scope of guaranty, scope of transportation license, adverse possession and unemployment benefits.
In House Counsel Representative Matters
- Settled a race case wherein the mediator asked Ms. Clark to come and engage in active listening with the plaintiff, which broke the log jam the mediator was experiencing with plaintiff’s many lawyers.
- Successfully defended a claim for unemployment benefits involving an employee who falsified company records.
- Resolved a sexual harassment case by setting up a structured settlement so that the plaintiff’s child had a college fund.
- Successfully resolved cases involving contamination of the Houston Ship channel, pipeline construction and easement cases.
- Managed a violation of the Clean Water Act case brought by the EPA and DOJ in the Four Corners area of Colorado.
- Crisis Management:
- Lead lawyer during the Aurora Theatre shootings where numerous employees were injured and one killed.
- Lead lawyer during foodborne illness crises.
- Crisis manager when a customer overdosed in a public bathroom in the building, police and ambulance were called and the customer subsequently refused treatment in the hospital.
- She is known for her calm and compassionate demeanor in such crises.
Timing and History for in-house and outside counsel positions
- 2007-2013: Ms. Clark was VP, Deputy General Counsel for Red Robin International, Inc. where she was responsible for all employment and litigation matters, internal investigations, and served as the lead lawyer for the company crisis team as well as the lead lawyer for the risk management team. She was also responsible for advising the senior management team regarding employment, risk management, litigation and state and federal legislation related to employment. Litigation matters ranged from personal injury to franchise and real estate issues to patent and trademark infringement.
- 2003-2007: Ms. Clark was Senior Counsel for Qwest Communications, Inc. (n/k/a CenturyLink) where she managed employment advice and litigation as well as managing a debt collection portfolio of over 800 matters.
- 2000-2003: She was Associate General Counsel for AT&T Broadband/Comcast Cable Company. Ms. Clark managed employment advice and litigation.
- 1999-2000: Ms. Clark was Associate General Counsel for Kaiser Hill (n/k/a CH2MHill) where she was responsible for all labor and employment and litigation matters.
- 1995-1999: She was Counsel for Mobil Oil Corporation (n/k/a ExxonMobil). Initially, she managed a regional portfolio of personal injury, employment, environmental contamination and contract disputes. She then managed a national portfolio of underground storage tank cases, and subsequently managed a regional portfolio of personal injury and environmental matters.
- 1992-1994: Ms. Clark was General Counsel for Lucky Lady Oil. She was also responsible for advising senior management on employment and risk management. She was further responsible for safety training for the truckers.
- 1988-1992: Ms. Clark was in private practice with a large Dallas firm and a small firm where she took cases to trial.