Brian Clarke received his J.D., magna cum laude and Order of the Coif, from Washington & Lee University School of Law in 1999 and his B.A. in History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1995.
He is an Assistant Professor of Business Law in Western Carolina University’s College of Business. Brian was an Adjunct Professor of Law at Washington & Lee University School of Law from 2009 to 2011 and an Assistant and Associate Professor of Law at Charlotte School of Law from 2011 until 2016.
Prior to becoming a full-time law professor in 2011, Brian practiced law for more than eleven and a half years and litigated employment law matters in federal and/or state courts in North Carolina, South Carolina, Mississippi, Georgia, Virginia West Virginia, and elsewhere. Additionally, he has argued and won significant cases before the North Carolina Supreme Court and the North Carolina Court of Appeals and successfully represented clients before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court.
Brian is a widely recognized expert on the labor and employment law jurisprudence of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. He has presented a highly regarded annual “Fourth Circuit Update” to the labor and employment law sections of the North Carolina and South Carolina Bar Associations since 2008. His tenth annual presentation will take place this October. He has also spoken about the Fourth Circuit’s labor and employment law decisions for the Mecklenburg County Bar and the N.C. Advocates for Justice.