Douglas Clark has an unparalleled background in deftly maneuvering through the byzantine byways of the New York legislative and budgetary processes. He began his career as a graduate scholar in the Assembly Codes Committee, and later served as a senior associate counsel to the Assembly Ways & Means Committee, advising staff and legislators on legal issues related to the state budget. Doug was also an assistant counsel in the assembly majority leader’s office, managing the flow of bills on the Assembly floor.
Later, when Doug joined Wilson Elser, his years of legislative experience quickly made him a linchpin of the firm’s Government Relations practice. He is especially accomplished at drafting legislation and guiding his clients through the intricacies of the budget appropriations process. Employing his unique skill set, Doug has helped clients in fields including telecommunications, health care, financial services and banking, insurance and higher education with the legislative process.
Doug played a vital role in several significant legislative achievements for clients ― helping draft legislation to make major updates to the automobile dealer franchise law, drafting legislation to obtain appropriate tax treatment for a financial services client, and working with the attorney general’s office on legislation establishing guidelines for the use of endowment funds.
Doug’s ability to negotiate legislation on a highly technical level, his grasp of the legal intricacies of the state budgetary process, and the working relationships he has nurtured with key New York State policymakers have made him the go-to attorney for his clients.
As a seasoned legislative expert, Doug monitors every bill coming out of the Legislature and analyzes the state budget for underlying policy implications. He can also provide additional general counsel services such as writing newsletters and board reports. Doug also serves as the Firm’s General Counsel.
- Government Affairs
- State Budget Analysis
- New York
- Vanderbilt University School of Law, J.D., 1997
- A., Hamilton College, 1990-1994
Memberships & Affiliations
- Member of the National Association of Automobile Dealer Counsels
Personal and Community Service
An avid reader of history, Doug lives in Altamont.