Robert J. Clark

Partner

clarkr@ballardspahr.com
Tel 215.864.8659
Fax 215.864.8999
Philadelphia

Robert J. "BJ" Clark draws on several years of experience in government and politics at the federal, state and local levels, to help clients interact effectively with government to achieve their business objectives. He represents public and private companies as well as public entities in complex regulatory, administrative and legislative matters.

BJ has represented clients involved in significant public/private economic development and infrastructure projects, public procurements and bid protest proceedings, complex matters involving the regulation of charitable trusts and administrative and licensing matters at the federal, state, and local level. Recently, BJ has focused his practice on advising emerging technology companies that seek to create new markets by displacing earlier technology. His representation of disruptive innovators crosses numerous industry sectors.

In addition, BJ actively represents clients before legislative bodies and executive agencies. He has counseled clients on economic development and energy project financing, gaming law, campaign finance and election law, public integrity laws such as the Pennsylvania Right to Know Law, environmental compliance, real estate, labor, procurement, general corporate matters, and legislative and public advocacy. Further, he has advised dozens of candidates running for federal, state, and local offices.

Before joining Ballard Spahr, BJ served from 2003 to 2005 as the Director of the Office of Public Liaison under Pennsylvania Governor Edward G. Rendell. In this role, he was responsible for all appointments to Commonwealth boards, commissions, judicial vacancies, and non-civil service positions in agencies and departments under the Governor's jurisdiction.

From 2005 to 2009, BJ served as a Special Assistant to Governor Rendell, directing the Commonwealth's efforts to begin the Delaware River Main Channel Deepening Project. In 2006, BJ was named one of 10 "Rising Stars Under 30" by PoliticsPA.com. In addition, he represented the Governor's Office in a number of economic development projects, including the development of a new Food Distribution Center and the development of Southport, a planned major marine terminal near the Philadelphia Navy Yard. He also served as a liaison to the National Governors’ Association. Before working for the Rendell administration, BJ worked for then-Mayor James Whelan of Atlantic City.

Community Activities

BJ has actively raised funds for a number of causes, including the American Diabetes Association, the World Trade Center of PA, and the American Heart Association.

Pro Bono Counsel, Philadelphia Mobile Food Association

Pro Bono Counsel, Governor-Elect Wolf Transition Committee

Recognition & Accomplishments

Named to Philadelphia Business Journal's 2017 "40 Under 40" list, recognizing professional excellence and outstanding community involvement

Named one of 10 "Rising Stars Under 30" by PoliticsPA.com, 2006 

Board Memberships

Philly for Change, Advisory Board Member

Philadelphia Regional Port Authority, Board Member

Local Host Committee for the 2008 NGA Centennial Meeting, Chairman

Franklin Institute, Former Member, Board of Trustee

Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law (J.D. 2009)

University of Pennsylvania (B.A. 2001)

Pennsylvania