Francis C. Clark

227 W Trade St, Suite 1800
Charlotte, NC 28202
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Francis C. Clark

Chip Clark practices in the areas of business and corporate litigation, regulatory and corporate investigations, complex insurance claims, and advising corporate leaders and boards of directors.

Chip joined Bell, Davis & Pitt in 2006, following his 23-year-litigation career as Deputy General Counsel and Senior Vice President of Wachovia Corporation, formerly First Union Corporation. Chip’s experience includes major litigation at all levels of federal and state courts across the country, as well as advising senior executives on litigation, regulatory, merger, and insurance issues.

Since 1988, Chip has served on the board of trustees of Charlotte-based McLeod Addictive Disease Center, the largest non-profit provider of comprehensive alcohol and drug treatment services in North Carolina. He also served for a number of years on the board of the Davidson Housing Coalition.

A native of Asheville, North Carolina, Chip received his undergraduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, which he attended as a Morehead Scholar. He graduated from Washington and Lee University School of Law, where he was the Editor-in-Chief of the Washington and Lee Law Review, and a member of the Order of the Coif and Omicron Delta Kappa. He resides in Davidson, North Carolina, and practices in the firm’s Charlotte office.


University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (A.B., 1973), Morehead Scholar

Washington and Lee University School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 1976), Editor-in-Chief, Washington and Lee Law Review (1975-1976), Order of the Coif, Omicron Delta Kappa

Bar & Court Admittance

1976, North Carolina

United States Supreme Court

United States Courts of Appeals for the Fourth, Fifth, Sixth and Eleventh Circuits 

United States District Courts for the Western and Eastern Districts of North Carolina

Professional & Community Activities


Board of Trustees, McLeod Addictive Disease Center

North Carolina Bar Association (Litigation and Dispute Resolution Sections) 

Mecklenburg County Bar Association 

Author and Lecturer

AV® Preeminent™ Rating, Martindale-Hubbell


Reining in Excessive Punitive Damages, U.S. Chamber, Washington, D.C. (2004)

Punitive Damages, American Corporate Counsel Association, Washington, D.C. (2002)

Chairman and board member, McLeod Addictive Disease Center

Board member, Davidson Housing Coalition