Los Angeles

Roger W. Clark

Mediator | Arbitrator

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"I enjoy being a facilitator, a peacemaker. I find a lot of satisfaction in making life a little bit better for all the parties who’ve gone through something that’s difficult. Litigation is challenging for the lawyers as well as for the parties, and I find value in offering my small contribution, bringing a little bit of peace to the warring parties."

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Practice Areas

  • Aviation
  • Business / Commercial
  • Employment
  • Insurance
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Real Estate
  • Tort Disputes

Education

  • Advanced Teacher Training Program, National Institute for Trial Advocacy
  • Master’s Advocate Program, National Institute for Trial Advocacy
  • LL.M., Pepperdine University Strauss Institute for Dispute Resolution
  • J.D., Rutgers Law School​
  • B.S., Florida State University​
  • United States Air Force Academy

Biography

Roger Clark joins Signature Resolution with a vision to establish a national aviation practice in the field of mediation. His expertise in this area, along with his forbearing approach to mediation, allows him to serve as an ideal peacemaker and advocate for bringing parties together. Over the course of his forty-four years in law, Mr. Clark has tried numerous cases in the state and federal trial courts of Florida and California. In addition, he has litigated, tried, advised, and handled cases filed in state and federal courts throughout the United States. 

He practiced before the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth and Eleventh Circuits, where he has argued an extensive slate of cases. Mr. Clark finds aviation law to embody the best of both worlds when it comes to his expertise and interests. He thrives on the unique challenge of navigating the tensions between state, federal, and international laws at play in this area of practice. Aviation disputes are not only some of the most expensive, and often the most heavily covered by media, but also the most difficult for the parties involved. Mr. Clark understands the trauma that survivors and victims’ families endure and prides himself on playing a pivotal role in settling these cases without the further emotional toll of a trial.

For this reason, Mr. Clark finds patience to be key in his approach to mediation. He views his initial role in disputes as a facilitator, helping parties come to reasonable understandings. When a reasonable ground is established, his role evolves into that of an evaluator, weighing the strengths and weaknesses of cases and helping all parties understand the risks and uncertainties associated with the appropriate outcomes. Mr. Clark received his mediator training at Strauss Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine Law School; is a member of the United States District Court, Central District of California Federal Mediation Panel; and is a member of the Superior Court of California, County of Ventura State Mediation Panel.

To this day, aviation remains his passion. Mr. Clark has received his private pilot’s license and teaches aviation law as a Visiting Professor of Law at Rutgers Law School, where he was also honored as Adjunct Professor of the Year. His hobbies in his spare time are as notable as his career accomplishments; Mr. Clark is an actor, golfer, water-skier, and writer of nonfiction and fiction books, as well as an experienced long-range hiker.

Experience

  • Member, Federal Mediation Panel, United States District Court
  • Member, State Mediation Panel, Superior Court of California, County of Ventura
  • ​​​Partner, Clark, Goldberg & Madruga (and its successors) (2001-2017)
  • PartnerBienstock & Clark (1992-2001) 
  • Partner, Engstrom Lipscomb and Lack (1989-1993)
  • Attorney, Engstrom Lipscomb and Lack (1983-1988)
  • Partner, Law Offices of Roger W. Clark (1982-1983)
  • Attorney, Rossman Baumberger (1980-1982)
  • Attorney, Blackwell Walker (1978-1980)

Professional Achievements and Memberships

  • Visiting Professor, Rutgers Law School (Aviation Law and Trial Moot Court)
  • Speaker and Contributor, SMU Journal of Air Law and Commerce, Renaissance Symposium at the Harvard Club, CEB (Advanced Negotiation and Settlement Techniques), Embry Riddle Air Law Symposium, SMU Air Law Symposium, American Conference Institute, CEO Effectiveness Group, Los Angeles Lawyer Magazine , Forbes Radio Channel: America’s Best Lawyers, and KTLK Radio: Meet America’s Best Lawyers
  • Attorney of the Year, Top 100 Registry (2020)
  • ​​Fellow, Lawyers of Distinction (2019)
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation (2018-Present)
  • Guest Legal Expert on Aviation, Sirius XM 132 (2014-2019)
  • Past Chairman, New Majority Los Angeles (2014-2016)
  • 2013 Peter Perlman Service Award, Litigation Counsel of America (2013)
  • Member, SAG-AFTRA (2012)
  • Top Attorneys in Southern CaliforniaLos Angeles Magazine (2012)
  • Armitage Distinguished Alumni Award, Rutgers Law School, New Jersey (2012)
  • Trustee Emeritus of Viewpoint Educational Foundation, Calabasas, California (2010-Present)
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America, National Trial Lawyers Honorary Society (2009)
  • Adjunct Professor of the Year, Rutgers Law School (2009)
  • Super LawyerLaw and Politics Magazine (2006-Present)​​​
  • Former Board of Directors Member, New Majority California (2006-2016)
  • Co-Host, Law Business Insider, Syndicated Radio Program (2005-2011)
  • Trustee of Viewpoint Educational Foundation, Calabasas, California (2000-2009)
  • Board of Examiners, National Board of Trial Advocacy (1999)
  • Board Certified Civil Trial Specialist and Board Certified in Civil Pretrial Advocacy, National Board of Trial Advocacy (1997-Present, 2012-2022)
  • Founder and President, The Iraida Foundation (1989-Present)
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, Martindale-Hubbell (“AV” ranking) (1986-Present)
  • Member, California Bar (1983-Present)
  • Admitted, 9th and 11th United States Courts of Appeals (1980, 1984)
  • Admitted, Federal District Courts (Florida, California) (1979-Present, 1984-Present)
  • Instructor, Business Law, Florida International University (1979)
  • Member, Florida Bar (1978-Present)