Dawn Ferrell Clements

Managing Shareholder 

Phone: (870) 656-9314

Email: dfclements@TheClementsLawFirm.com

Admissions:

Arkansas, 2009

Texas, 1992

Illinois, 1984

Indiana, 1980

U.S. District Court Southern District of Indiana

U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois

U.S. District Court Western District of Texas

U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

 

Clements Law Firm, Mountain Home, Arkansas

Education:

J.D., Indiana University School of Law - Indianapolis, 1980

Honors: Order of Barristers; Moot Court Finalist

B.A., Indiana University, 1975

Political Science

 

Experience:

Ms. Clements began her professional career  in Indianapolis, Indiana as Assistant Commissioner to the Indiana Department of Insurance.  As Assistant Commissioner, Ms. Clements worked with the public, insurance agents and agencies, and insurance companies to insure proper  and full adherence to Indiana insurance laws and regulations. She served as a liaison to the legislature and also prosecuted cases against agents, agencies, and insurance companies. In mid-1980, Ms. Clements moved to Chicago, Illinois, to become Associate Counsel for a national insurance trade association.  She traveled throughout the United States making legislative, business, and educational media appearances.  She worked with insurance regulators, legislators, other industry representatives, and consumer groups.  She drafted model legislation and regulations now enacted throughout the U.S.  In order to better raise three sons, Ms. Clements went into private practice in Illinois in 1984.  Her general practice, which included litigation, focused primarily on construction and real estate transactions, domestic disputes, and small business owner needs. 

In 1992, Ms. Clements moved to San Antonio, Texas with her husband and three sons.  She began her teaching career at the University of Texas, teaching upper level business majors the ins and outs of business law, and providing legal counsel to a major hospital system client.  In 1994, she joined the international law firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, LLP.  While at Akin Gump, Ms. Clements worked on a wide range of matters, including complex commercial litigation cases, and served as an Associate Bond Counsel on publicly financed transactions.  In 1998, Ms. Clements joined another national firm, Jenkens & Gilchrist, quickly becoming the go-to person in the firm for insurance regulatory and technology compliance advice.  While at Jenkens, Ms. Clements' primary role was to manage complex commercial cases, including class action lawsuits involving multi-jurisdictional and multi-partied international contracts and alleged security fraud issues. During this time in her career, Ms. Clements also served for 7+ consecutive years as a lawyer Board Member for the Baptist Hospital Systemís Institutional Review Board, and a speaker on the San Antonio Womenís Bar speakerís bureau, whose goal was to help educate the general public about legal issues affecting their life.

Ms. Clements has represented thousands of clients throughout her career handling a vast array of legal matters.  Her work history and skill sets uniquely prepare her to offer practical, appropriate legal advice in many areas of the law.  She is committed to providing sound advice that is on target, on message, and efficiently and economically delivered.

Ms. Clements is a member of the Arkansas Bar Association, the State Bar of Texas, the Illinois Bar Association, and the Indiana Bar Association.

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Publications and Significant Lectures:

Frequent lecturer on topics related to Internet and e-commerce, insurance regulation, and financial institution issues. List of engagements includes presentations in 2000 to the Texas Bankers Association, in 1997 to NCOIL (National Conference of Insurance Legislators), and multiple live media (television, radio, and print) interviews throughout the United States while working at NAII.

 

Adjunct Professor of business law, UTSA, San Antonio, Texas, 1992-1998 and Trinity College, Deerfield, Illinois, 1989-1992. Instructor UTSA Masters in Science and Technology Graduate Program (lecturer on intellectual property law).

 

Contributing co-author of E-Business and Insurance: A Legal Guide to Transacting Insurance and Other Business on the Internet (CCH, Inc., May, 2001).

 

Author: Legal Issues Associated With Doing Insurance Business on the Internet, October 1996, published by National Association of Independent Insurers.

 

Co-author:  NAIC Market Conduct Examination Handbook, 1983 Proceedings of NAIC, Vol. II, pp. 259-335.

 

Author: Report: Computerized Policy Form Review, 1982 Proceedings of NAIC, Vol. II, pp. 241-243. 

 

Author: Report: NAIC Uniform Biographical Data Forms, Proceedings of NAIC, Vol. 1, 1981, p. 100

 

Author: Regulatory Information (EX 7) Subcommittee Report: Biographical Data Information Form, 1981 Proceedings of NAIC, Vol. II, pp. 301-307.

 

Co-author:  A Comparison of State Biographical Data Form Requirements, Proceedings of NAIC, Vol. I, 1981, pp. 103-147.

 

 

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