Brian D. Clark
Brian D. Clark is a partner in the firm, and focuses on plaintiffs-side antitrust class actions, practicing extensively in federal and state courts nationwide. Mr. Clark has led the charge in many recent antitrust cases in the agricultural area, including price-fixing cases involving chicken, pork, beef, turkey, and peanuts. To date, in these cases alone Mr. Clark has helped recover nearly $300 million.
Mr. Clark also leads the firm’s e-discovery practice group in which he advises clients of all sizes on e-discovery matters. He frequently presents at CLEs regarding e-discovery, is a Member of the Sedona Conference Working Group 1, and teaches an e-discovery seminar at the University of Minnesota Law School. Mr. Clark also co-founded and is President of the Board of Directors for the Complex Litigation E-Discovery Forum, which is a forum for plaintiffs-side complex litigation attorneys to discuss best practices for e-discovery.
Mr. Clark is a 2009 magna cum laude graduate of the University of Minnesota Law School where he was elected Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Minnesota Journal of International Law and was a member of the Order of the Coif. While in law school, Mr. Clark served as a Student Attorney for the Consumer Protection Clinic and interned with the Honorable Judge Patrick J. Schlitz of the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota. Before law school, Mr. Clark was an AmeriCorps volunteer in Alaska and a canoe guide in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness of Northern Minnesota.
- In re Peanut Farmers Antitrust Litigation (aka, “D&M Farms et al. v. Birdsong Corp. et al.”), No. 2:19-cv-00463 (E.D. Va.). Personally appointed as co-lead counsel in this ongoing antitrust class action on behalf of peanut farmers accusing peanut shelling companies of price-fixing. Recovered $102.75 million for the class to date.
- In re Broiler Chicken Antitrust Litig., No. 1:16-cv-08637 (N.D. Ill.). Firm appointed as co-lead counsel in this ongoing antitrust class action on behalf of direct purchaser plaintiffs against broiler chicken producers. Recovered $170 million for the class to date.
- In re Pork Antitrust Litigation, No. 0:18-cv-01776 (D. Minn.). Firm appointed as co-lead counsel in this ongoing antitrust class action on behalf of direct purchaser plaintiffs against pork producers. Recovered $24.5 million for the class to date.
- In re Turkey Antitrust Litigation, No. 1:19-cv-08318 (N.D. Ill.). Firm appointed as co-lead counsel in this ongoing antitrust class action on behalf of direct purchaser plaintiffs against turkey producers.
- In re Facebook Antitrust Litigation (aka, Klein v. Facebook), No. 5:20-cv-08570-LHK (N.D. Cal.). Personally appointed to Executive Committee in this case alleging that Facebook used deception regarding user privacy settings in order to acquire a monopoly in the social media market.
- In re Liquid Aluminum Sulfate Antitrust Litig., No. 2:16-md-02687 (D. N.J.). Represented 10 Minnesota municipalities and corporations regarding price-fixing and bid rigging by manufacturers of a water treatment chemical.
- In re Resistors Antitrust Litig., No. 3:15-cv-03820 (N.D. Cal.). Ongoing representation of indirect purchaser plaintiffs in complex antitrust class action against manufacturers of resistors.
- In re Capacitors Antitrust Litig., No. 3:14-cv-03264 (N.D. Cal.). Ongoing representation of indirect purchaser plaintiffs in complex antitrust class action against manufacturers of capacitors.
- Kleen Products LLC, et al. v. Int’l Paper Co., et al., No. 1:10-cv-5711 (N.D. Ill.). Represented plaintiffs in complex antitrust class action against manufacturers of Containerboard Products and achieved a recovery of over $370 million for the class.
- In re Lithium Batteries Antitrust Litig., MDL No. 2420 (N.D. Cal.). Represented direct purchaser plaintiffs in complex antitrust class action against manufacturers of lithium ion batteries and achieved a recovery of over $70 million for the class.
- In re Potash Antitrust Litig. (II), No. 1:08-md-06910 (N.D. Ill.). Firm appointed as co-lead counsel and achieved a recovery of $90 million for the direct purchaser plaintiff class.
- Miller & Graham v. Ramsey County Sheriff Matthew Bostrom & County of Ramsey, No. 11-cv-2401 (D. Minn.). Represented defendants against claims of First Amendment retaliatory discharge by two former Ramsey County Sheriff’s deputies. Obtained dismissal of Ramsey County and successfully defended Sheriff Bostrom in a jury trial in federal court.
- Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 34(b)(2) Primer: Practice Pointers for Responding to Discovery Requests, Drafting Team Member, 19 Sedona Conf. J. 447 (2018).
- Preparation for Minnesota Federal and State Discovery Conferences: A Practical Approach, William Mitchell Law Review (Spring 2014) (co-Author with 7 other members of the Minnesota E-Discovery Working Group).
- Amending the rules and nature of discovery, Minnesota Lawyer (July 11, 2013).
- Sedona Conference Working Group 1, Steering Committee Member
- Complex Litigation E-Discovery Forum, Co-Founder & President of the Board of Directors
- Minnesota Chapter of the Association of Certified E-Discovery Specialists, Founding Board Member
- Minnesota E-Discovery Working Group, Minnesota State Bar Association, Member (2013-2014)
- American Bar Association, Antitrust Section
- American Antitrust Institute, Member
- Minnesota State Bar Association, Antitrust Law Section, Council Member
- Town Hall on Search and Retrieval, Discussion Leader, Sedona Conference Working Group 1 (Jan. 20, 2022)
- “Leveling the Playing Field: Farmers and Antitrust Enforcement”, American Agricultural Law Association (November 6, 2021), Brian Clark & Arielle Wagner.
- “Class Actions in the Digital Age,” Speaker, American Antitrust Institute (June 2020)
- “Privacy and Cybersecurity”, Panel Member, Federal Judicial Center’s 5th Annual Judicial Training Symposium (Oct. 15, 2019)
- Hot Button Issues in Negotiating ESI Protocols, Moderator, Sedona Conference Working Group 1 Annual Meeting (Oct. 24, 2019)
- “2019 Antitrust Round Up: Information Exchange: Is Sharing Really Caring?”, Panel Member, Minnesota State Bar Association Antitrust Section CLE (June 28, 2019)
- “Negotiating Discovery: Obstacles and Pathways to Success,” Panel Member, National eDiscovery Leadership Institute (April 5, 2019)
- “A Day in the Life of a Plaintiffs Lawyer,” ABA Antitrust Section (Oct. 16, 2018)
- “E-Discovery & Antitrust Investigations: A Perspective from the Government, In-House and Outside Counsel,” Minnesota State Bar Association Antitrust Section CLE (Dec. 12, 2017)
- “Hot Topics in eDiscovery for the Public Lawyer,” Minnesota State Bar Association Public Law Section CLE (Nov. 17, 2017)
- “E-Discovery for the Solo and Small Firm Attorney: The Basics of Doing More With Less,” MNCLE Solo & Small Firm Annual Conference (Aug. 7, 2017)
- “Examining Rule 34,” Sedona Conference WG1 Mid-Year Meeting (May 5, 2017)
- “The Proof is on My Phone: Dealing with Discovery in the Era of Social Media & Smart Phone Apps,” Legal Services State Support CLE (August 25, 2016)
- “You Love It, You Hate It. Now You Have to Live with It: E-Discovery,” William Mitchell College of Law CLE (October 4, 2013)
- “The Bits, Bytes, and Gremlins in Your Electronic Devices: Unlocking What E-Discovery Has to Offer Your Clients — Even When They Are Not in Litigation!,” Minnesota State Bar Association Annual Convention, Rochester, MN (June 11, 2013)
- “A Panel Discussion on the E-discovery Meet and Confer Process,” Panel Member, MSBA E-discovery Working Group 4 (Nov. 2, 2012)
- Chambers USA, Up & Coming Antitrust Attorney (2021)
- Named a Super Lawyer in 2020 by Super Lawyers®.
- Named a Minnesota Rising Star from 2015-2019 by Super Lawyers®.
- Named an ‘Up & Coming Attorney’ by Minnesota Lawyer for 2015.
- Adjunct Professor, University of Minnesota Law School
- Saint Anthony Park Community Foundation, Board Member
- Advocates for Human Rights
- Volunteers Lawyers Network