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About Attorney

John W. Clark

John W. Clark IV

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"John listened very closely to my situation and the objectives I wanted to accomplish with an employment contract and stock purchase agreement. He had great insight on ways to achieve mutual agreement and offered very good advice. I would highly recommend John."

Keith (Review From Avvo)


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I began my career as a lawyer during the late 2000s, in the midst of the major housing crisis. As a result, much of my growing experience revolved around dealing with many businesses and business owners who were facing serious financial difficulties. At the time, I did not have any expertise in bankruptcy, so I felt like I was missing an important tool that could help a lot of people navigate their financial downturns and issues.

Bankruptcy is a “tool” that can come into play when a business retains the ability to thrive and generate revenue by virtue of having a definitive market for its goods or services, but is also hamstrung by debt (e.g., from a secured lender whose property is under-secured, under-secured creditors such as vendors or trades people, or a lease that is dragging them down at one particular location). A business that can be described in this way can be saved through the elimination or restructuring of debt via bankruptcy.

To determine whether bankruptcy is the next right step in any given situation, the question that must be answered is this: Is there a potentially successful business that is burdened by debt, but that could thrive following a restructuring of that debt?

Most owners of a small or medium-sized business are fully dedicated to their business—they are their business—and they are facing everyday difficulties that are beginning to overtake them. The last thing they want is for their business to fail, so they are trying desperately to find a solution, but may not be aware of their options.

This book is designed to help those business owners gain an understanding of the basics of the bankruptcy process, and determine whether it could be of benefit to them. It’s my hope that this book provides business owners with the realization that through the help of an attorney, accountant, and the bankruptcy process, it is possible for them to succeed in and once again enjoy the experience of owning a business.

Business Debt In America

Debt can be a normal part of doing business in America; the problem arises when that debt becomes unmanageable, and begins eating away at the revenue that’s necessary to maintain the operation of the business or distribute to the owners. If you add into the mix long periods of time when the business is unable to operate, which is something that occurred on a large scale in 2020, the problem is compounded.

Why Work With Me?

John is a member of the Red Mountain Law Group, a network of law firms based in Birmingham, Alabama representing entrepreneurs, start-ups, small business and private interests across the State of Alabama. When engaging Clark Law Firm, you also gain full access to the collective knowledge and experience of the larger Red Mountain Law Group. Red Mountain Law Group offers a broad range of legal services, including general business, employment, intellectual property, trademark, corporate, tax, real estate, estate planning, litigation, securities and private equity.

A Charlotte, N.C. native, John is a University of Alabama alumnus and has been an Alabama resident for close to 20 years. Prior to founding Clark Law Firm, he practiced business and commercial law at a large firm in Mobile and a small business boutique firm in Birmingham.

Bar Admissions

  • Alabama State Bar – 2005
  • Florida Bar – 2006
  • Mississippi Bar – 2006

Education

  • J.D., University of Alabama School of Law (2005)
  • M.A., Banking & Finance, University of Alabama (2002)
  • B.S., Business Administration, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2001)
  • B.A. Political Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2001)

Awards and Honors

  • Super Lawyers Top 50 (Alabama), Business Litigation (2020)
  • Super Lawyers (Alabama), Rising Star Business Litigation (2013)
  • Super Lawyers (Alabama), Business Litigation (2014-2015)
  • Super Lawyers (Mid-South), Business Litigation (2016-present)
  • Best Lawyers, Real Estate Litigation (2018-present)
  • Alabama State Bar Association Leadership Forum Class 9 (2013)
  • Birmingham Bar Association Future Leaders Forum (2009)

"John listened very closely to my situation and the objectives I wanted to accomplish with an employment contract and stock purchase agreement. He had great insight on ways to achieve mutual agreement and offered very good advice. I would highly recommend John."

Keith (Review From Avvo)


5 Star Reviews