Thomas A. Clare


Partner, Clare Locke LLP, Adjunct Professor of Law

B.A., J.D., Notre Dame

Professor Tom Clare is a partner at Clare Locke LLP whose practice is devoted to litigating complex business disputes and defending clients against high-profile reputational...

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Professor Tom Clare is a partner at Clare Locke LLP whose practice is devoted to litigating complex business disputes and defending clients against high-profile reputational attacks in print, broadcast, and online media.  Professor Clare was featured in The National Law Journal's "Defense Hot List" for the favorable outcome he achieved as trial counsel in Leonard v. Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company, the first Hurricane Katrina coverage case to go to trial.  In addition to litigation matters, Professor Clare has an extensive defamation and media law practice, and he routinely advises corporate clients and prominent individuals who are the subject of false statements or victims of newsgathering torts.  Professor Clare has significant experience handling matters involving national print, broadcast and online media outlets — and he routinely advises clients who must deal with the media in crisis situations.  He serves as an instructor for Notre Dame Law School's Intensive Trial Advocacy Program, and is a guest lecturer in the Journalism and New Media Seminar at American University.

Prior to founding Clare Locke LLP in April 2014, Professor Clare was a litigation partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP and previously served as a law clerk for the Honorable Kenneth F. Ripple of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.  He attended the University of Notre Dame Law School, where he was Editor-in-Chief of the Notre Dame Law Review.