Judge Leif M Clark retired from the bankruptcy bench in 2012, after 25 years as a distinguished bankruptcy judge for the Western District of Texas.

During his time on the bench, Judge Clark was a prolific jurist and writer, authoring numerous noteworthy opinions on jurisdiction, plan classification, claims allowance, avoidance actions, and many other topics.

He developed an international reputation as a jurist, academic, and teacher, known for his incisive well-written legal opinions, and for an engaging teaching and speaking style.

He also came to be respected for his mediation skills, honed over 20 years of hands-on experience both while he was a judge and since leaving the bench.

He now offers mediation, arbitration, insolvency consultation, expert witness assistance, examinership, and post-confirmation plan administration services for private parties, as well as consulting services for governmental and non-governmental organizations.


Judge Clark has served as mediator in a wide variety of disputes across a diverse range of industries, including:

  • ranching
  • oil & gas
  • shipping
  • offshore exploration
  • health care provider reimbursement
  • senior living facilities development

He also developed an interest and expertise in cross-border insolvency issues, and has served as a delegate to Working Group V (Insolvency) for UNCITRAL since 2005.

His writings have been cited by courts, including courts at the circuit level. He authors Vol. 1, ch. 13 for Collier on Bankruptcy. He continues as a regular speaker on chapter 11 issues for Norton Institutes.

He is a Conferee of the National Bankruptcy Conference, and a Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy.