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Richard C. Speaks

Richard C. Speaks

also known as R. Clarke Speaks, Clarke Speaks

Practice areas:

Personal Injury, Criminal Defense, Federal Crime

About Me

R. Clarke Speaks was born in Raleigh, North Carolina, on October 9, 1969. He resides with his wife and three children in Wilmington, North Carolina. Mr. Speaks attended East Carolina University, where he received his undergraduate degree in economics in 1993. After attending MBA School at East Carolina University, Mr. Speaks received his JD from the Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law at Campbell University in 1997. While in law school, Mr. Speaks received the North Carolina Academy of Trial Lawyers Award. Also in law school, he clerked for the Honorable Malcolm Howard, United States district judge for the Eastern District of North Carolina. In addition, he completed an internship with the district attorney’s office for the Fifth Judicial District. Mr. Speaks has also worked for the insurance defense firm of Anderson, Daniel and Coxe and the injury law firm of Foster and Bradsher.

In 1997, Mr. Speaks started R. Clarke Speaks, Attorney at Law. Since then, his practice has grown into Speaks Law Firm, P.C. He has devoted his entire professional career to the practice of litigation, including personal injury, criminal defense, and family law. Mr. Speaks has represented thousands of individuals, businesses, and organizations all over North Carolina as well as Virginia, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. He has submitted briefs to the North Carolina Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court. He has argued before the North Carolina Supreme Court and the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia.

Mr. Speaks is in court on a daily basis and has been since 1997. He has written articles and co-authored a guidebook for young lawyers for the North Carolina Bar Association. In addition, he has been a presenter at continuing legal education seminars for the North Carolina Bar Association and other legal organizations. Mr. Speaks is also the author of The North Carolina Auto Injury Book.


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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1997

  1. Personal Injury: 50%
    18 years
  2. Federal Crime: 25%
    18 years
  3. Criminal Defense: 25%
    18 years



Hourly ($300-350/hour), Retainer (Sometimes), Free Consultation (20 minutes)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

22 total 

  • Frederick Kenneth Nance III

    I highly recommend and endorse Clarke! He is one of the best personal injury lawyers I know. I refer cases to Clarke without reservation because he is a true leader in personal injury law and always gets the best possible outcome for his clients' cases. Above all, Clarke and his team are honest, hard-working lawyers who really care about their clients.


    Frederick Nance Real Estate Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Roger L. Young

    Over the years I have known Clarke, I have gained a strong respect for his legal abilities and his ethical approach to the practice of law. I have referred him to family members. I think that says it all.


    Roger Young Medical Malpractice Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

2808 Market Street
Wilmington, NC, 28403




Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers


Award NameGrantorDate Granted
North Carolina Super LawyerNorth Carolina Super Lawyers2014
Top 100 LawyersAmerican Society of Legal Advocates2014
Top 100 LawyersThe National Trial Lawyers2013
NCATL Trial Advocacy AwardCampbell University1997
Dean's ListEast Carolina University1990

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
Senior Trial AttorneySpeaks Law Firm2011 - Present
Trial AttorneyR. Clarke Speaks, Attorney at Law2005 - 2011
AssociateR. Clarke Speaks, Attorney at Law1997 - 2005
Legal InternNew Hanover District Attorney's Office1996 - 1997
Legal InternThe Honorable Malcolm Howard1995 - 1995


Association NamePosition NameDuration
Campbell Univerity Alumni AssociationBoard Member2013 - Present
The National Trial LawyersTop 100 Lawyers2013 - Present
National Association of Personal Injury LawyersN/A2012 - Present
National Association of Personal Injury LawyersN/A2012 - Present
North Carolina Advocates for JusticeN/A2012 - Present
North Carolina Bar AssociationN/A1997 - Present
North Carolina Advocates for Justicemember1997 - Present
New Hanover County Bar AssociationN/A1997 - Present

Legal Cases

Case NameOutcome
Moquin v.HedrickFavorable Verdict with Attorney Fees
US v. MaldonadoGuilty of a Lesser Offense
NC v. E. K.Verdict: Not Guilty

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Publication NameTitleDate
WordpressBusted by the Federal Authorities2013
DPI PublicationsThe Ten Commandments of Criminal Court2013
WordPressThe North Carolina Auto Injury Book2012
North Carolina Bar Association publicationAsk Atticus2002
North Carolina Bar AssociationHow to Open a Small Law Firm2001
North Carolina Bar Association publicationAsk Atticus2001
North Carolina Bar Association publicationAsk Atticus2000


School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Federal Criminal Practice SeminarN/AN/A2012
Federal Criminal Practice SeminarN/AN/A2012
Federal Criminal Practice SeminarN/AN/A2011
Federal Criminal Practice SeminarN/AN/A2011
Federal Criminal Practice SeminarN/AN/A2010
Federal Criminal Practice SeminarN/AN/A2009
Federal Criminal PracticeN/AN/A2003
NC Advocates for JusticeN/ACapital College2002
National Institute for Trial AdvocayN/ATrial Skills Course2002
Federal Criminal Practice SeminarN/AFederal Sentencing Guidelines Training Course2001
North Carolina Advocates for JusticeN/ADWI Seminar1999
Federal Criminal Practice SeminarN/AFederal Criminal Law1998
NC Bar AssociationN/APractical Skills Course1997
Campbell UniversityLawJD - Juris Doctor1997
East Carolina UniversityEconomicsBS - Bachelor of Science1993

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Practical Skills CourseStarting Your Own Law Firm2002
North Carolina Practical Skills CourseStarting Your Own Law Firm2001
Practical Skills CourseStarting Your Own Law Firm2000