Donald Clark

Profile Updated: February 20, 2022
Donald Clark
Residing In: Glenview, IL USA
Spouse/Partner: Ellen (1976)
Occupation: Attorney; Entertainment Entrepreneur
Children: Bethany, born 1980; Alex, born 1983.

Seven grandchildren
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Bachelor of Arts - Political Economy, Williams College '76;
Juris Doctor, Rutgers Law School '79;
Doctor of Laws, Chicago Theological Seminary (honorary).

Litigation Partner, Isham, Lincoln & Beale - 10 years
Litigation Partner, McDermott, Will & Emery - 2 years
Founder, Clark & DeGrand - 10 years
General Counsel, United Church of Christ - 15 years

I handled some fascinating cases throughout the country, including overturning the capital murder conviction and death sentence of a death row inmate in Alabama, winning a religious liberty case in the Massachusetts Supreme Court,
successfully defending the legality of then-presidential candidate Barack Obama sharing his faith journey with his religious denomination, and establishing the constitutional right to marriage equality in North Carolina.

Author: "Summary Judgment - A Lawyer's Memoir" 2021

Since retiring from the active practice of law in 2016, I have become involved in the entertainment business:

Co-Owner, Chicago Magic Lounge (2018 #1 Nightlife in Chicago - TripAdvisor; "Best of Chicago" - Chicago Magazine);

Executive Producer, "Guest Artist" (2018 Motion Picture written by and starring Jeff Daniels);

Producer, "The Encounter" (2016 Broadway Play; Special Tony Award)

Producer, "When Harry Met Rehab" (2021-22 Greenhouse Tgeater Center, Chicago;
starring Dan Butler & Melissa Gilbert - based on the Life of Harry Teinowitz)

Elective Offices held: President, West Northfield District #31 Board of Education

Civic Commitments: Chair, Board of Trustees - Adler Planetarium; Chair, Board of Trustees - Chicago Theological Seminary; Acting President - Chicago Theological Seminary (2017).

Sporting Championships Won: Illinois Men's Curling Champions (1988)

School Story:

Excellent teachers. Wish I had gotten to know Russ Barefield better (a great math teacher).

I loved the Debate Team and Men's Soccer.

New Trier Campus Attended:


Jr.High Attended:

Lincoln Junior High - Mt. Prospect, Illinois

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