J.R. Clark, a partner in the Public Finance Practice Group, focuses his practice on public finance. He has extensive experience as bond counsel and underwriters’ counsel on a variety of tax exempt and taxable borrowings including revenue bonds for the benefit of 501(c)(3) organizations and corporations operating in enterprise zones, governmental obligations structured as tax increment financings, certificates of participation and payments in lieu of taxes. He also represents his clients’ interests before legislative and other governmental bodies. He was named part of the Legal Elite for 2009 by the readership of Washington SmartCEO and in 2013 was recognized by the African American Real Estate Professionals for his contribution to economic development in the District.
Before joining Squire Patton Boggs, J.R. served in the executive office of the mayor of Washington DC as director for council affairs in the Office of Intergovernmental Relations, where he advised the mayor on all legislation before the District of Columbia Council. In this capacity, he oversaw the implementation of the mayor’s legislative agenda.
Before working with the mayor, J.R. served as deputy general counsel in the District of Columbia’s Office of the Chief Financial Officer. There he worked with the legislative branch on the District of Columbia’s budget and finances.
J.R.’s prior experience also includes counseling several major US corporations on various corporate issues including negotiating and structuring settlements on a variety of matters including warranty and other contract claims. J.R. has also represented clients before the Public Service Commission on complex telecommunications matters.
J.R. is a member of the National Bar Association, National Association of Bond Lawyers and the American Bar Association. He serves on the Executive Committee of the DC Chamber of Commerce and on the Board and Board of Trustees of Graduate School USA. J.R. serves on the boards of several local organizations including the American Red Cross National Capital Region and the Recreation Wish List Committee, and on the Advisory Board of the African American Real Estate Professionals.