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Cleve Clinton

Partner
Assistant
Monica Flores-Moreno
D: 469.320.6081
mmoreno@grayreed.com
Education
  • J.D., Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, 1978
  • B.B.A., Finance, The University of Texas, 1975
  • Burnet High School
Bar Admissions
  • Texas, 1978
  • Arkansas, 2016
Court Admissions
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Texas
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Texas
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of Texas
  • United States District Court, Western District of Texas

Board Certified - Civil Trial Law - Texas Board of Legal Specialization

Raised in small town Texas and educated in business, Cleve is a Board Certified Civil Trial Lawyer who has an affinity for risk takers who plan big, dare big and sometimes find themselves in big trouble—whether the risk taker is a principal of a $50 million business, or in-house counsel for a publicly traded company who seeks innovative, efficient approaches to legal disputes. Having blunted the likes of a real estate developer’s negative media coverage and resulting lawsuits, and a lender’s threatened litigation relating to claimed internal fraud by company officers, Cleve delivers common sense solutions and peace of mind in a crisis.

”Gunfighters don’t charge by the bullet.”

Read Cleve's legal slant on current business issues on his blog.

Board Certifications

  • Civil Trial Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization

Representative Experience

Attorney at Law - Board Certified Civil Trial Law, Litigation Solutions

  • Separated two sparring business partners who each owned 50% of a number of LegalZoom.com limited liability companies involved in corporate governance issues
  • Successfully arbitrated on behalf of a tenant in a rental rate dispute with the landlord resulting in the return of overpaid rent and $4 million in savings over the life of the lease
  • Resolved litigation over Florida real estate and loan guaranteed by Dallas Cowboy football player
  • Worked through over $1 billion in loans collateralized by real estate, including Angel Fire Ski Resort
  • Litigated fraud and fiduciary claims between and among televangelist and LLC partners in multiple states
  • Defended real estate joint venture against homeowners claiming $35 million damages from failed municipal utility district, and deflected homeowners’ claims from the joint venture to third parties
  • Successfully defended $25 million in insider bond trading claims against corporate officer
  • Resolved black male ex-employee's discrimination claim against publicly traded company
  • Secured court order permitting seizure and replication of former employees’ hard drive to prove theft of company trade secrets

Counselor at Law - Non-Litigation Solutions

  • Quarterbacked a myriad of corporate, tax and legal risk management issues to maintain a bright line separation of intertwined interests between a well-known radio personality and his high-profile charitable foundation
  • Advised a client to implement a master services agreement that tied product ordering with payment and a promise to purchase inventory unused for an extended time, saving the client over $750,000, and later collecting an additional $350,000 in arbitration
  • Helped a single family real estate development successfully navigate a PR crisis involving media attention on partially-treated sewage floating down a neighboring creek
  • Orchestrated homeowners approval of a bond issue resolving a lawsuit and averting bankruptcy of a special utility district
  • Marshaled and disposed of real estate assets, securing loans on chain sandwich shop properties, office buildings, car lots, strip and retail shopping centers
  • Assisted in sale of car dealership
  • Resolved demands for telecommunications relocation in city street abandoned to a property developer
  • Negotiated terms and enforcement of various non-compete agreements for both employers and employees
  • Protected residential lot developer negatively impacted by issuance of a Type 1 municipal landfill permit on adjacent property

Professional Activities, Memberships & Affiliations

  • Admitted to practice before U.S. District Courts – Northern, Southern, Eastern and Western Districts of Texas
  • State Bar of Texas (admitted in 1978)
  • AV Rated Attorney – Highest Rating in Legal Ability & Ethical Standards
  • Member Sections – Litigation, Real Estate, Collaborative Law and Technology
  • Dallas Bar Association Dallas – Chairman of the Fee Disputes Subcommittee (1984 - 1986)
  • American Bar Association
  • Dallas Association of Young Lawyers – Director (1985)

Community Involvement, Memberships & Affiliations

  • Born in Burnet, Texas
  • Rotary Club of Park Cities – President (2013 - 2014), Director (2006 - 2008)
  • Labors for Neighbors, Inc., a Texas non-profit corporation assisting Southeast Texas hurricane victims – Co-founder and Director (2005 to present)
  • La Fiesta de Las Seis Banderas – Director (2005 - 2009)
  • Project Transformation, an urban day camp for inner city youth – Director and Vice Chairman (2006 - 2007)
  • Highland Park United Methodist Church – Youth and Adult Sunday School teacher, Bible Study leader
  • Theatre Three - Board of Directors – Chair (1990 - 1992)
  • Leadership Dallas 1992
  • Scottish Rite 32* Mason
  • Dallas Young Texas Exes

Honors

  • Faith Presbyterian Hospice - Each Moment Matters Honoree 2016
  • Rotary Club of Park Cities - Paul Harris Fellow 2009
  • Rotary Club of Park Cities - Club Service Award 2007