Most lawyers can design an effective legal strategy when the issues are clear, the stakes are low and the client’s goals are easily defined. But when a once-in-a-lifetime crisis threatens your bottom line and reputation, you need a lawyer with the right skill set, experience, resources and creativity to attack it from every angle. I take a holistic approach to solving the real problem at the heart of a crisis. If legal action alone may fall short of the mark, I dig deeper to find the practical solution that will achieve the best outcome.
With a client list full of families navigating business and generational transitions, and risk-taking mavericks who won’t take “no” for an answer, Cleve Clinton knows what it takes to develop creative solutions when big ideas result in big problems. Whether he’s lead counsel in one of the growing number of fiduciary litigation claims or facilitating solutions for businesses as they transition to younger generations, Cleve’s focus is always the same – understand the client’s goals, remain mindful of family dynamics and strive to promote consensus within the family. His clients range from individuals to family-owned businesses spanning nearly every industry, including beverage distribution, real estate, manufacturing, telecommunications and transportation.
When a deal or controversy requires a multi-disciplinary approach, Cleve assembles a team of Gray Reed lawyers and other professionals with the perfectly-matched skill set – tax, employment, real estate, M&A, finance, construction, regulatory plus more – and then quarterbacks appropriate strategic planning and tactical execution every step of the way.
A regular contributor on the firm’s blog, Tilting the Scales, Cleve is dedicated to keeping clients informed about the latest legal and industry trends that impact their families and businesses.