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Balch & Bingham Welcomes Clark Watson to Its Corporate & Commercial and Banking & Financial Services Practices

Clark previously served as Samford University's General Counsel.


Balch & Bingham is pleased to welcome Clark Watson as he returns to the firm’s Birmingham office where he will serve as counsel in  the Banking & Financial Services and Corporate & Commercial Practices. Clark brings four decades of diverse legal experience, advising businesses and tax-exempt organizations in numerous matters such as their formation, governance, contractual relations, equity and debt financing, acquisitions, reorganizations, and divestitures.

Clark’s industry experiences include manufacturing, transportation, banking, retail, utilities, professional services, and real estate. He has also represented an array of nonprofit organizations including educational institutions, churches and public charities. 

Clark was a partner at the firm until 2015, when he left to become General Counsel at Samford University.  

During his time at Samford University, Clark worked with executive leadership, trustees, faculty and other stakeholders on a multitude of higher education matters such as board procedures and policies, shared governance, regulatory compliance, accreditation, promotion and tenure, investigations, college athletics and intellectual property. He continues to be involved in the National Association of College and University Attorneys and other higher education organizations.

"We are pleased to welcome Clark back to Balch,” said Stan Blanton, Managing Partner. “With his vast experience and diverse background advising businesses and nonprofit organizations, Clark brings a wealth of knowledge. We are confident that Clark's arrival will further strengthen our capabilities and benefit our clients.”

"I am pleased to be able to return to Balch & Bingham,” Clark said. “I know firsthand the excellence, value, and client service Balch provides. I look forward to collaborating with my firm colleagues and clients to deliver exceptional counsel to some of the most respected businesses and financial institutions across the nation.”

Clark earned his degree in Pharmacy from Auburn University and his J.D. from Cumberland School of Law at Samford University, where he graduated magna cum laude. He also attained a master’s degree from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.
His community service has included leadership positions in the Rotary Club of Birmingham, Samford University Board of Trustees, Beeson Divinity School Advisory Board, WorkFaith Birmingham, and Leadership Vestavia Hills.