Gorham (Rory) ClarkRory Clark is the managing partner and founder of The Clark Law Firm, P.C. He has earned an “AV® Preeminent™, 5.0 out of 5″ Peer Review Rating* by Martindale-Hubbell, recognizing him as a lawyer with the highest levels of skill and integrity who has reached the height of professional excellence. Rory concentrates his practice in the areas of elder law and estate planning and administration. He is accredited by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs.

Rory has more than 20 years experience in estate planning; business litigation; intellectual property law and litigation; real estate and land use law and litigation. Prior to forming this firm, Rory was a partner for 13 years in the Tysons Corner firm of Foust & Clark, P.C.

Rory is the Managing Member and founder of Virginia Legacy Tax Credit Exchange, LLC. Virginia Legacy helps Virginians preserve and protect significant scenic and historic properties in the Commonwealth, and create significant Virginia tax credits through conservation easements and rehabilitation of historic structures. The Company also matches purchasers and sellers of Virginia Open Space Tax Credits and facilitates the creation of partnerships and lease arrangements that maximize the value of Virginia Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credits.

In 2008, Rory was appointed to the Advisory Board of the John Marshall Bank, a locally owned and managed bank headquartered in Northern Virginia.

Rory was raised in Northern Virginia and attended college and law school in the Commonwealth. He lives in Loudoun County with his family and is actively involved in the local community.

Community Service

Rory serves on the Loudoun County Board of Zoning Appeals. He was appointed by the Judges of the Loudoun County Circuit Court to serve on this quasi-judicial body that interprets and implements the zoning ordinance in Loudoun County (one of the fastest growing counties in the United States), and hears appeals of decisions of the Zoning Administrator.

Rory is the Chairman of the Board of Directors of the George C. Marshall International Center, which owns and operates Marshall’s historic Loudoun County Home, Dodona Manor. He has served as President, Treasurer, Chairman of the Finance Committee, and Secretary of the organization.

In January 2011, the Virginia’s Governor and General Assembly confirmed Rory’s appointment by as the Commonwealth’s Escheator for the 20th Judicial Circuit.

In 2010, Rory was elected to the Board of Directors of the Great Meadow Foundation, home of the Virginia and International Gold Cup.

As an active member of St. James Episcopal Church in Leesburg, Virginia, Rory served as Senior Warden and Junior Warden of the Church and as a member of the Vestry. He served as Chairman of the Church’s Planned Giving Committee.

Rory is the Chairman of the Piedmont Region Selection Committee of the Jefferson Scholars Foundation, which supports the Jefferson Scholars Program at the University of Virginia. He also serves as General Counsel to the Central Loudoun Basketball League and recently completed the successful merger of that league with the Harper Park Basketball League.

Rory served six years on the Board of Directors of Community Residences, Inc., a 501(c)(3) charity that helps the disabled community in Virginia and Maryland. He served two terms on the Executive Committee and was Chairman of the Finance Committee overseeing an annual budget of over $18 million.

Rory has been active in the United States Tennis Association as a player and volunteer. He has served as the President of the USTA/ Virginia District and founded the Virginia Tennis Foundation. He has also been a member of the Board of Directors of the USTA/Mid-Atlantic Section and has chaired several of its key committees. At the local level, Rory and his wife own Home Court Advantage Tennis Leagues, Inc., which operates tennis leagues in the Northern Virginia area.

Personal Information

Rory is married to Ingrid Hetz Clark and is the father of two boys, Justin and Scott. He coached youth basketball in Vienna and Fairfax County for eight years before his own children were born. More recently, he coached the Smarts Mill Middle School 6th Grade Boys Travel Team in Loudoun County. Rory also enjoys flying private planes. He and his family live on Catoctin Ridge in Loudoun County, Virginia.

*AV® Preeminent™ is a certification mark of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies.

Areas of Practice

  • Business Law
  • Elder Law, Medicaid Planning
  • Estate Administration
  • Estate Planning
  • Virginia Aid and Attendance Pensions
  • Wills & Trusts

Litigation Percentage

  • 10% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Virginia, 1987
  • Maryland, 1998
  • District of Columbia, 1998
  • US. District Court Eastern District of Virginia
  • US. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals

Education

  • Washington and Lee University School of Law, Lexington, Virginia
    • Juris Doctorate, 1987
  • University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia
    • Bachelor of Arts, 1984
    • Phi Alpha Delta Legal Honor Society
    • National Chairman of the American Bar Association Law Student Division
    • President of the Student Body University of Virginia

Courses Taught & Publications

  • Medicaid Asset Protection Planning, Dad Couldn’t Remember How to Get Home, 2014
  • Lawyer Cooperation, Collaboration of Transactional and Litigation Attorneys in Their Practices, 2013
  • Estate Administration, Processing the Estate-Enrolled Agents and Lawyers Working Together, 2012
  • Tax and Estate Planning Issues, What Caregivers Need to Know, II, 2011
  • Legal Issues Facing Aging Parents and Their Caregivers, What Caregivers Need to Know, 2011
  • Maintaining Status and Unrelated Business Income, How to Keep Tax-Exempt Organizations in Compliance, 2011
  • The Life of an Estate, Enrolled Agent Seminar, 2011
  • Asset Protection and Premises Liability, Member Information Seminar, 2010
  • Lawyering and Work/Life Balance, Law School Course on Lawyering, 2010
  • Liability, Liability, Liability: How to Recognize It and Minimize It, Building a Team for Survival, 2010
  • Virginia and Federal Rehabilitation Tax Credits, Historic Restoration & Tax Credits: A Seminar, 2009
  • Historic Preservation Credits for Nonprofits, Historic Preservation Issue Day, 2009