Gary R. Clarke
Gary Clarke concentrates his practice in the area of commercial real estate development and transactions, with an emphasis on land use approvals and permitting, site acquisition and disposition, construction, and leasing matters. Gary provides real estate legal counsel to clients in the higher education, health care, multi-family residential, office, retail, hospitality and restaurant industries around the country and assists clients with major mixed-use developments and other large construction projects in Philadelphia. His experience with commercial real estate transactions consists of acquisitions, dispositions and leases for uses including student housing, hotels, shopping centers, health care centers and office buildings. He also advises clients on zoning and land use matters and obtains zoning and land use approvals for a wide variety of clients and project types, including mixed-use residential developments, office buildings, schools and restaurants.
Gary is actively involved in firm leadership and serves on the firm’s Hiring Committee. Additionally, Gary is involved in numerous community organizations and is a founding member of the Friends of Spring Garden School, a non-profit dedicated to providing support to a Philadelphia public school.
Prior to pursuing his law degree, Gary served for four years as a surface warfare officer in the U.S. Navy, stationed in San Diego, California and Norfolk, Virginia, and deployed twice to the Arabian Gulf. He attained the rank of lieutenant before being honorably discharged in 2009.