New Orleans, LA – The members at Gordon Arata are pleased to announce that Clarke Perkins has joined the firm as an associate attorney in the New Orleans office. Perkins works with the firm’s partners on a range of client litigation matters, including contract disputes, insurance claims, and real estate.
“Gordon Arata has everything that I’m looking for in a law firm, and I felt at home from day one,” says Perkins, who served as a summer clerk at the firm in 2021 and 2022. “I’m excited to learn and grow as an attorney with this incredible team.”
Perkins earned her Juris Doctorate at Tulane University School of Law in May 2023. While in law school, she served as the Vice President of the Black Law Students Association, a Veteran Competitor and Tulane Law’s first Black woman Chief Justice of its Moot Court Program, a student attorney for the Environmental Law Clinic, and a peer mentor. Perkins was a recipient of the annual Tulane 34 Award, which recognizes 34 students across the University’s schools who demonstrate exemplary leadership, service, and academic excellence.
Prior to law school, Perkins worked with Teach for America as a Special Education Instructor at John F. Kennedy P.A.C.T High School in Cleveland, OH. She is a graduate of Louisiana State University where she earned a B.A. in Political Science and Minor in Communications. At LSU, she was a recipient of the 2018 Huel D. Perkins Leadership Award, Member of the Phi Sigma Theta National Honors Society, Member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and Member of the National Society of Leadership and Success.
“We knew Clarke would make a wonderful addition to our team as we continue to grow,” says Marion W. Weinstock, Member of the firm’s Management Committee. “She was a standout summer clerk and will no doubt contribute a great deal to our culture and clients.”
Gordon Arata is a full-service, diversified business law firm servicing clients in a range of industries across the Gulf South and beyond, including energy, banking, construction, and real estate among others. With a team of over 40 regional and nationally recognized attorneys strategically located in Louisiana and Texas, the firm manages complex issues or small matters that impact businesses.