Timothy R. Clinton

PARTNER

Washington, DC
(202) 621-1828 (phone)
(202) 204-6320 (fax)
tim@clintonbrook.com


Tim Clinton is a former big-firm litigator, entrepreneur, and company general counsel. He combines his legal and business experience to help his clients navigate some of their most challenging legal issues. Tim's clients have included technology companies, government contractors, real-estate developers, and other businesses, as well as nonprofits, schools, and individuals. And his practice covers a broad range of litigation contexts, including civil, administrative, criminal, and appeals. 

Tim started his career at Covington & Burling, where he handled complex commercial and criminal litigation, including insurance coverage, government investigations, business fraud, employment discrimination, civil rights, and negligence and personal injury. He then served as General Counsel for Ball Street Ventures, a company founded by former NBA players; there, he oversaw and directed outside counsel’s work on litigation, corporate governance, and other legal issues, including matters relating to the founders' interests in D.C. United and their bid to acquire the Memphis Grizzlies. 


Representative Matters:

  • Lead counsel in litigation and arbitration over dissolution of law firm. Defeated two separate petitions for involuntary bankruptcy, obtained stays of two state cases in favor of arbitration, and successfully defended allegations of fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, and corporate waste.
  • Successfully resolved intra-company dispute resulting from board of directors’ deadlock, in multiple cases involving allegations of fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, corporate waste, excessive compensation, and usurpation of corporate opportunities.
  • Represents memorabilia collectors in consumer-fraud lawsuit against New York Giants, Quarterback Eli Manning, and several other Giants employees for distributing counterfeit memorabilia.
  • Defended Michelin-starred restaurant against claims relating to wage and hour law violations.
  • Regularly represents District of Columbia hospitality venues in matters involving employment, general legal, and ABRA-compliance matters.
  • Represented plaintiffs in consumer fraud and contract lawsuit involving issue of post-contracting fraud inducing the plaintiffs to perform rather than breach.
  • Investigated wage-and-hour violations by restaurant and advised them on mitigating risk and preventing future violations.
  • Successfully defended Somali government official in three-week federal jury trial against federal charges of piracy on the high seas.

Education

University of Virginia School of Law, J.D.
Order of the Coif
Virginia Law Review, Articles Editor
National Trial Advocacy College

Harvard University, A.B. in Near Eastern Languages & Civilizations
 

Honors

Washington DC SuperLawyers Magazine, selected for inclusion, “SuperLawyers” (2016, 2017); "Rising Stars" (2014, 2015)

American Society of Legal Advocates, Top 40 Under 40 Litigation Lawyers in D.C. (2016)

American Society of Legal Advocates, Top 40 Under 40 Criminal Defense Lawyers in D.C. (2014, 2015)

American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee, Pro Bono Attorney of the Year (2006)
 

Professional Activities

DC Bar
Corporation, Finance, and Securities Law Section
Chair, Young Lawyers Committee (2012–2013)
Vice-Chair, Young Lawyers Committee (Voted Best Standing Committee, 2010–2011)

Rene Moawad Foundation-USA, Board of Directors

 

Admissions

District of Columbia
Virginia
U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, D.C. Circuit
U.S. District Courts for the District of Columbia, Eastern District of Virginia, and District of Maryland


Presentations

How to Manage Alternative Billing and High-Profile Cases, Marcus Evans Chief Litigation Officer Summit (Sept. 2015)

Practical Tips for Effective Oral Advocacy, D.C. Bar (April 2013, May 2012)

Developing an Effective Pro Bono Practice, D.C. Bar (Feb. 2012)

Becoming an Entrepreneur: A Guide for Lawyers, D.C. Bar (June 2011)

Poker & the Law: How Poker Can Make You a Better Litigator, D.C. Bar (April 2011)

Small Business Administration and Arab Americans: Protected or Minority Status?, American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee National Convention (May 2006)