Sandra F. Clark

Sandra F. Clark
Shareholder
Beaumont
t: 409.835.5011 ext. 432
f: 409.835.5177
SandraClark@mehaffyweber.com
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Sandra Clark, a shareholder of MEHAFFYWEBER since 1985, is a trial lawyer whose primary concentration is in premises liability, commercial and products liability litigation. She has extensive trial experience and has successfully tried many complex litigation cases. She along with her partner M.C. Carrington successfully defended an environmental case in the United States District Court in the Eastern District of Texas, Beaumont Division, which was named by the National Law Journal as one of the top defense verdicts in the nation. Sandra is board certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Personal Injury Trial Law and served as Chair of the Advisory Committee to the Texas Board of Legal Specialization for Personal Injury. She currently serves as a liaison committee member for the Texas Asbestos MDL.

Awards and Recognitions

  • DuPont Legal Challenge Award, 2012
  • The Andrew Hecker Award, 2011 (presented for the outstanding article published in the FDCC Quarterly)
  • The DuPont Leader’s Circle Award
  • The DuPont Women’s Leadership Award, 2012
  • Presidential Citation for Service to the State Bar of Texas, 2011-2012
  • Honoree of the 2011 "Go Red for Women" Luncheon by the American Heart Association
  • Listed in “Best Lawyers in America®,” in Personal Injury Litigation- Defendants and Product Litigation-Defendants, 2000 – 2016
  • Recognized, “Best Lawyers’ ® Lawyer of the Year ” 2012 Beaumont, Product Liability Litigation - Defendants
  • Recognized, “Best Lawyers’ ® Lawyer of the Year ” 2016 Beaumont, Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants
  • Selected as a Texas Super Lawyer® list, Super Lawyers® (Thomson Reuters), 2003 – 2015
    • “Top 100 List Houston Region Personal Injury Defense,” 2006 – 2010, 2012-2015
    • “Top 50 Women Lawyers in Texas, Personal Injury Defense,” 2006 – 2010, 2012-2015
  • Selected as a Texas Super Lawyers® List for Ten Consecutive Years, SuperLawyers® (Thomson Reuters)
  • Included in "Super Lawyers®" Corporate Counsel Edition, (Thomson Reuters) since 2008 – 2015- Personal Injury Defense: General
  • Included in in "Super Lawyers®" Business Edition (Thomson Reuters-formerly known as Corporate Counsel), 2011- 2015 in Personal Injury Defense: General
  • Selected as a H Texas Magazine “Top Lawyer in Houston” in the practice area of Personal Injury
  • AV® Preeminent™ 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell

News and Events

  • Sandra Clark Named Distinguished Alumni by Lamar University 2015
  • Ten MehaffyWeber Attorneys Named Best Lawyers in America for 2014
  • MehaffyWeber Attorneys Selected to the 2014 Texas Super Lawyers
  • HTexas Magazine has named 14 MehaffyWeber attorneys as "Houston's Top Lawyers" for 2013.
  • 12 MehaffyWeber Attorneys Recognized in 2013 Super Lawyers Business Edition
  • Robert A. Black, M. C. Carrington and Sandra F. Clark have been recognized by Best Lawyers as Lawyers of the Year 2012
  • The Best Lawyers in America Recognizes Seven Lawyers from MehaffyWeber in 2012 Edition
  • 9 MehaffyWeber Attorneys Recognized in the 2012 Super Lawyers Business Edition
  • Lamar University announces Sandra French Clark Scholarship in Choral Music
  • Sandra Clark Received Andrew C. Hecker Award at FDCC Annual Meeting
  • Sandra Clark Honoree of the 2011 "Go Red for Women" Luncheon
  • Congratulations to the 15 MehaffyWeber Attorneys Chosen as 2010 Texas Super Lawyers
  • Five MehaffyWeber Attorneys Chosen as Best Lawyers in America
  • Eight MehaffyWeber Shareholders Listed in September 2009 Super Lawyers Corporate Counsel Edition
  • HTexas Magazine Names 10 MehaffyWeber "Top Lawyers", 2008
  • Four MehaffyWeber Attorneys Chosen as Best Lawyers in America
  • Fifteen MehaffyWeber Attorneys Named Super Lawyers 2008
  • 2007 Four MehaffyWeber Attorneys Chosen as Best Lawyers in America®

Results

  • E. G. Cordts, Jr. v. E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company; M.C. Carrington, Sandra Clark, MehaffyWeber; Damond Mace, Squire, Sanders & Dempsey; NO. 1:99 CV 0085; for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas; Beaumont Division; Successful defense of a landmark $173 million deepwell case for Fortune 500 client. Case was reported in many national publications, including the DRI “For the Defense” and the National Law Journal.
  • E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Company vs. Travelers, et al; 2007. M.C. Carrington and Sandra Clark successfully resolved DuPont's insurance coverage dispute with their asbestos insurance carriers. The court implemented a Docket Control Order that included a trial setting within a year of filing of the case.
  • Art Almquist, Sandra Clark, Paul Heyburn -Janie Wolf, et al vs. The Dow Chemical Co.; Cause Number 16383*BH01, District Court of Texas, 23rd Judicial District, Brazoria County, The Dow Chemical Co. received a defense verdict on February 1, 2008. In 1999, Alton Wolf died of lung cancer, at the age of 65. Wolf's widow and adult children sued Dow for gross negligence, alleging that Mr. Wolf's cancer was caused by exposure to asbestos in the workplace and that the workplace was unsafe. Alton Wolf held various jobs, such as a pipefitter and operator from 1952 to 1987 as an employee of The Dow Chemical Co. in Freeport. Dow Chemical contended that it operated its facility in a safe manner that Mr. Wolf's asbestos exposure was minimal and his cancer was caused by his smoking history of at least 40 pack-years.
  • Whisnant vs. DuPont- Successful defense of a product liability case lasting over six weeks. The plaintiff was a contractor employee who claimed exposure to asbestos while working on various DuPont premises. He was diagnosed with mesothelioma and died of the disease. Our client, DuPont, alleged that it was not negligent and not a proximate cause of the plaintiff's injury. The jury found that DuPont was not negligent. The plaintiffs demand was $42 million plus punitive damages.
  • Regional counsel for multiple Fortune 500 clients in cases involving claims of product defect and premises injury.

Articles

  • Trial Master’s Program, Co-Chair, FDCC Annual Meeting, Banff, Alberta, July 31, 2015
  • “Cross Examination of the Expert Witness,” TADC Spring Meeting, Galveston, TX, 2015
  • “Effective Steps in Assisting the Unpopular Client,” (co-written with Allan Campo and Ralph Zappala,) FDCC 2014; Winter Meeting at Marco Island, March 2 – 8, 2014
  • “Practical Considerations for Protecting the Trial Record – When to Object and Why,” DRI Trial Tactics, Las Vegas, NE, March 2012
  • “Medicare: It’s Knocking on the Door—Are You Ready?” Jefferson County Bar Association, “Excellent, Entertaining, Ethics Extravaganza,” January 10, 2012
  • “Somebody’s Knocking…The Government?” Jefferson County Bar Association, “Litigation CLE & General Practice Skills,” October 21, 2011
  • "Successful Mediation - Defendant's Perspective" Jefferson County Bar Association, “Mediation – Practical and Ethical Considerations,” September 23, 2011
  • “Cross-Examination of Hostile Witnesses. Crafting Cross-Examination on Strategies, Optimizing Technology and Applying Psychology Tools,” Webinar by Strafford Publications, September 1, 2011
  • “Medicare: It’s Knocking on the Door—Are You Ready?” DRI’s “Damages Seminar,” Las Vegas, NE, March 2011
  • “The Art of Cross-Examination:- A Female Trial Lawyer’s Point of View,” Jefferson County Bar Association, “Practical Advice from the Local Pros,” January 28, 2011
  • “Tips From a Trial Lawyer,” Artful Intelligence/Texas Women Lawyers 2010 Annual CLE, Houston, Texas, 2010
  • “The Art of Cross Examination,” Trial Master’s Program, FDCC Winter Meeting, Orlando, Florida, 2010
  • "Gee, Toto - I Don't Think We're in Kansas Anymore: Litigating in the Hell-Hole Jurisdiction," FDCC’s Spring Meeting, July 2009
  • “Hang ‘Em High: Challenging Expert Witnesses,” TADC’s Fall Meeting, September 2007
  • “New Rules Regarding Multi-District Litigation, Harris Martin Medical Seminar, Houston, Texas, February, 2005
  • MDL – “New Rules Regarding Multi-District Litigation,” DRI’s 25th Annual Asbestos Medicine Seminar, 2004
  • MDL – “New Rules Regarding Multi-District Litigation,” TADC Fall Meeting, September, 2004
  • Premises Liability for Asbestos Cases – “A Leap to Incorrect Conclusion,” Asbestos Litigation 2004 Conference, April 29, 2004, New Orleans, LA
  • “Identification and Preparation of Medical Experts with an Eye Toward Daubert,” DRI’s 23rd Annual Asbestos Medicine Seminar, Las Vegas, NE, 2002
  • “Lessons Learned from Asbestos Litigation,” Seminar for In-House Counsel, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 2002
  • “Texas Civil Procedure Update,” Texas Association of Defense Counsel, 2002, 2004
  • “A Retrospective of Asbestos Litigation–How Did We Get Here?” DRI's 20TH Annual Asbestos Medicine Seminar, 1999
  • “Ethical Considerations in the Mass Filing and Mass Settlement of Asbestos Actions,” DRI Asbestos Seminar, Houston, Texas, 1997
  • “Mediation of Mass Tort Cases - Defense Perspective,” Jefferson County Bar Association, Beaumont, Texas, 1997
  • “Defending the Punitive Damages Case,” 35TH Annual Corporate Counsel Institute, 1996, Chicago, Illinois and San Francisco, California
  • “Depositions of Party and Lay Witnesses,” Texas Association of Defense Counsel “Rookie Seminar,” 1995
  • “Update of Texas Rules of Evidence and Appellate Procedure,” Legal Assistant Board Certification Seminar, Houston, Texas, 1994