Lara Ortega Clark is a civil litigation attorney, practicing primarily in the fields of transportation/trucking law, rideshare liability, premises liability, negligent security, and serious injury/wrongful death cases in both state and federal courts throughout the State of Georgia. Lara is a trusted advisor to her clients, taking the time to understand the business impact of litigation as she handles matters from beginning to end.
Lara has significant experience with preparation and strategy for depositions, mediations and hearings, and works hard to prepare effective and creative defense strategies to efficiently and favorably resolve cases. Lara is also skilled at providing pre-suit advice to reduce or avoid litigation and assisting clients in developing strategies to resolve claims in a cost-effective manner. As a proud Colombian, Lara is able to converse in Spanish, which aids her clients in saving costs and time when cases involve Spanish-speaking insureds, witnesses, or other parties.
While in law school, Lara served as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Intellectual Property Law from 2011 to 2012 and was the recipient of the Law School Association Scholarship for her Service as Editor-in-Chief. She authored a student note which was published in a nationally recognized law journal: How to Get the Mona Lisa in your Home Without Breaking the Law: Painting a Picture of Copyright Issues with Digitally Accessible Museum Collections, 18 J. Intell. Prop. L. 567 (2011).
As an active member of the firm and wider legal community, Lara serves on Drew Eckl’s Retail and Hospitality Industry Committee, Diversity Committee, Association of Women Lawyers, Summer Associate Committee, Wellness Committee and Associate Engagement Committee. Lara also serves as a Firm Mentor, helping new associates navigate the practice of law. Outside of the firm, Lara is an active member of both DRI and GDLA, as well as the Georgia Hispanic Bar Association.
Lara has broad experience in athletics and the arts, which helps her bring balance and perspective to her work as an attorney. During college, Lara swam on the Emory University Varsity Swim Team and qualified for NCAA Division III Nationals while also majoring in Cello Performance and playing cello in the Emory University Symphony Orchestra and Honors Quartet. Lara has had the pleasure of continuing to work as a freelance professional cellist through the years, including recording a studio album with a Billboard #1 Artist, playing at weddings and other events, and teaching lessons. All of this serves to make her a more well-rounded attorney, attuned to her clients’ needs and able to analyze problems with a creative eye.
University of Georgia, School of Law, J.D., 2012
Emory University, B.A., 2009
All State and Superior Courts of Georgia
United States District Court; Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Georgia
Defense Research Institute
Georgia Defense Lawyers Association
Georgia Hispanic Bar Association