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Walter Tretheway Clark

Personal injury Attorney at Rancho Mirage, CA

5.0   23 reviews
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  • Licensed for 51 years
    State CA
    Acquired 1972
    Active No misconduct found

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About Walter

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Practice areas
  1. Personal injury
    Board certified specialist in civil trials by the National board of Trial Advocacy, the State Bar of California and member of ABOTA, the American Board of Trial Advocates. Also a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, former Judge Pro Tem and former Riverside County Deputy District Attorney.

    47 years, 2,000 cases

  2. Animal and dog bites

  3. Car accident

  4. Defective and dangerous products

  5. Motorcycle accident

  6. Slip and fall accident

  7. Criminal defense
    As a former prosecutor with extensive criminal law trial experience, Mr. Clark represents clients accused of offenses in the Indio Superior courts.

    48 years, 300 cases

Walter T. Clark maintains a solid record as a trial attorney in the Inland Empire / California High Desert region, and he has earned high rankings within the legal profession. Mr. Clark is a member of the prestigious American Board of Trial Advocates, an invitation-only organization of attorneys who have extensive trial experience and who place high values on professional integrity and civility. In addition, he has achieved certification as a specialist in civil trials from the National Board of Trial Advocacy. He is also certified and recognized by the Consumer Attorneys of California. After receiving his J.D. from the University of San Diego School of Law in 1972, Mr. Clark began his legal career by handling criminal trials as a Riverside County Deputy District Attorney. Later, he joined the Palm Desert plaintiff firm of Hirschi, Clark & Hawkins, where he became a partner. In 1996, Mr. Clark formed his own firm, the Walter Clark Legal Group. He has tried to verdict more than 100 jury trials, and settled countless cases to clients’ satisfaction. Mr. Clark is committed to providing zealous advocacy for his clients. But he sees his role as a plaintiff trial attorney as something larger. “I’m very focused on what I call leveling the playing field,” he says. “We constantly have to deal with legislation that is proposed by the insurance industry, by big pharma, and by the Chamber of Commerce which is totally unfair to consumers.” Mr. Clark actively pursues opportunities to ensure that courthouse doors are kept open for plaintiffs. To that end, he is active as a sustaining member of the American Association for Justice and as a member of the Consumer Attorneys of California’s Board of Governors. “I think that’s what distinguishes me and the firm,” he says. “We are passionately involved with helping people in any way that we can.” Mr. Clark is also active in helping his community through civic involvement. He has served as the director of the Community Blood Bank Foundation and the Wellness Foundation in Rancho Mirage since 2001; served as president of the Coachella Valley YMCA; and served for five years on the Indian Wells City Planning Commission, including one year as chairman.


Walter Clark Legal Group


5.0 / 5.0
  23 customer reviews
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Posted by Rick | January 4, 2022
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Rick Henke
My case was not worth the time and effort however WC helped me tremendously with property damage recovery. I greatly appreciate their honesty and integrity. I would recommend them to anyone
Posted by Wallace | October 16, 2020
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Clark Legal
I was very impressed with this firm, and Chris Kreiss in particular. Never having been involved with the legal system, I am grateful to her for the good advice and direction. She kept me apprised of the progress as things moved through the system. She took an interest in my case and was quick with advice when needed. She returned my calls when I felt it was necessary to speak with her. I am very impressed with Chris and the Walter Clark Legal Group. I would recommend them without hesitation.
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Posted by Nicholas | March 31, 2019
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They know what they are doing
Very professional, Very patient, every question I had was answered, it was was pleasant working with the Clark group. Most important they got my medical paid in full, my vehicle repaired, and I received my Money in less then a year, another law group said I had No Case, I’m am very happy I choice Walter Clack. You will too.
Posted by Skye | November 3, 2018
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Highly recommend
I highly recommend WCLG. Their team is professional, responsive and handles everything. I was in an accident and couldn’t get help from anyone. Doctors didn’t even want to treat me because I had been in an accident. I was feeling hopeless and at my wits end. Finally, I found WCLG online and called them. They had an investigator at my house in an hour. He was friendly, professional and finally gave me some hope. Finally someone who could help me! I wish I could remember his name because he deserves high recognition for his helpfulness. Right away I trusted this legal group and they took care of my case all the way through. Mimi was my case manager and she was very responsive, friendly, and answered my questions. Highly recommend her and WCLG! Thank you, Skye
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Posted by anonymous | August 8, 2018
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Empathetic and professional
I highly recommend this firm. VERY friendly and professional staff. The case manager (Heather) kept me informed and was very compassionate and kind. I don't normally do reviews, but I have to share that this was a unique and VERY good experience. My wife was having a hard time and Heather showed her extra attention. I appreciate that. Thank you very much for your service and compassion.
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Posted by Mariah | June 22, 2018
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Empathetic, Thorough, Trustworthy
Sadly, we have no had to use the Walter Clark Legal Group twice in five years. The first accident left my husband and I completely lost, we had never gone through anything like this before. We did not know what to do, how to document what we needed, where to get care or how to pay for it. We had seen Walter Clark's commercial with the kids saying call the 7's, so we called. And from the first call until the last and this second time around, someone ALWAYS calls us back quickly. We are always treated with respect, empathy, understanding and patience. The whole team is very knowledgeable and they work hard to put things you even forgot about that pertained to your case. Our whole family is beyond grateful that this legal group has been there for us twice. They did not try to screw us over with the fees and they were more than generous with their percentage charged. I always happily refer their services to anyone I hear needing help. I dont know what we would have truly done if we did not get the advice, help, experience, thoroughness and all around amazing service this firm offered and gave us both times. Thank you everyone at this group for going above and beyond for my family and I. I sincerely hope to NEVER need your services again, but God forbid if something terrible happens again, we will without a doubt be coming back here. Thank you a million times over and over! God bless
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Posted by Jeffrey Rodriguez | June 12, 2018
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Great attorneys
David Vassalli did an awesome job. He explained everything during the entire process. Thank you, David and the rest of the staff at Walter Clark Legal Group.
Posted by Gustavo Torres | April 26, 2017
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Great experience, very efficient
It was great experience, they took care of everything and made it as painless as possible. Chris kept in touch with me through the entire process so I never felt left out or wondering what was going on. I would definitely go back to her if I need to again.
Posted by Maria | March 28, 2017
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I would definately recommend Mr. Clark. I really liked how our communicated with me and would give me constant status of my case. I would like to thank Chris for all of her hard work and settling my case.
Posted by Bob | January 19, 2017
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Excellent Experience
I have never thought about hiring a lawyer, but had a experience that warranted it. I was involved in a auto accident that I was not responsible for. My vehicle was destroyed, and I had some pretty bad injuries. The other persons insurance was giving me the run around. I contacted Walter Clark, and they took on my case. The representative assigned to my case Chris, was genuine and very competent. She answered any question I had, and gave me solid advice, looking out for my best interests. She took care of all the documentation, and always called me back when she wasn't immediately available. I honestly felt like I had a friend in my corner. Well long story short, my case was settled to my satisfaction. Thank you Chris, and Walter Clark
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Posted by Gabriel | March 17, 2016
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Mr. Clark and his team truly helped me.
I was a victim of a traffic accident in which I ended with a lot of medical debt. Several legal groups in the Coachella Valley turned me away and told me my case was not worth their time because my insurance coverage was too little. Not Walter Clark. Walter Clark and his team truly empathized with my situation. They took care of us in the most professional way. They got my insurance bills down and the majority completely eliminated. Before we hired Walter Clark we received medical bills in the hundreds of thousands. Walter and his team worked with the insurance companies to cover my expenses so I could continue with my recovery. Since the moment we got to their office we noticed their professionalism and the level of care they put to every case. After my accident I was not in a position to be calling insurance groups back and dealing with endless billing groups and claim agents. Mr. Clark's team relieved that stress and started defending us acting as a intermediary between us and the insurance companies. We slowly stopped receiving claim bills and calls. Bobbi Batres form Mr. Clark's legal group spend a lot of time fighting insurance claims for us, she stayed in constant communication with us making sure no more bills arrived at our door. I sincerely appreciate her efforts because our situation was a very difficult one. Recovering from a car accident is difficult in itself. Having to deal with insurance companies makes it even worst. We were to the point where we were afraid of checking our mail for the fear of receiving another medical bill. If any of this sound familiar I recommend Walter Clark legal group. Without a doubt you would be in good hands. My recovery is a long one but at least now I can afford to continue seeing my doctors thanks to Mr. Clark and his team.
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Posted by Victoria | February 3, 2016
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I truly recommend Walter Clark!
I have never been in a position to need legal help and to be honest it was scary at first. I saw the commercial for Walter Clark and I remembered hearing nothing, but good things. After calling they were quick to come to my house and go over my options with me. I felt cared for and not that I was just a walking check for them. They were always accommodating and very flexible with me and that is all a person could ask for. I truly felt that they went above and beyond and I never questioned their suggestions.
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Posted by roman m. | October 14, 2015
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recommend to everyone
I appreciate everything that Walter Clark and his staff did for my and my family,His staff always welcomed us joyfully and courteous!!I highly recommend them for any of your legal needs!Kris and Chapa we're always very helpful!!!
Posted by anonymous | October 11, 2015
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3 car pile-up
walter chris and doug handled EVERYTHING for us. all the medical as well as insurance issues.couldn't have made it easier to get thru this awful event. thanks
Posted by Jim | October 8, 2015
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Exceptional Law Firm
A dear friend of mine recommedend the Walter Clark Legal Group to me after I was involved with a hit and run automobile accident. Mr. Clark and his staff showed exceptional professionalism and care in both my recovery, and case. I highly recommend Walter Clark and his staff anyone seeking legal advice, or help.
Posted by Robert cross | October 6, 2015
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Thank you
Thank you mr Clark for helping me settle my automobile accident case. I tried to settle it on my own but it was too stressful. Walter Clark is a great firm.
Posted by Shawn | October 6, 2015
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Very satisfied client
My mother and two sons were injured by a driver who ran a red light. We retained Walter Clark and his staff came to our home and began the case. We received wonderful service and a great settlement on our case. I highly recommend Walter and his staff.
Posted by Luis Astudillo | June 26, 2015
Happy client
We were treated very well by Mr. Clark and his staff. I always received a return call on the same day. Mr. Clark is a very good attorney. I would recommend Mr. Clark to my family and friends any day. Luis of Coachella
Posted by Gretchen | June 4, 2015
Excellent service
I have been dealing with Walter Clark's Legal Group for over a year and have nothing but positive things to say. I was involved in a serious car accident and at my age it was difficult to handle. I was very satisfied with all my interactions with the office. I would highly recommend Walter Clark's Legal Group. Sincerely Susan Greenwood P.S. They did very good for me.
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Posted by anja2122 | June 4, 2015
Awesome job
I'am very happy with the service I received from the office of Walter Clark. Christina has always return my calls and taken care of any issues I have concerning the accident my family and I had. I will definitely recommend Walter T. Clark Legal Group . Thanks!!
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AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Deputy District Attorney
  • RIverside County District Attorney
  • 1973 - 1976


  • University of San Diego School of Law
  • Juris Doctorate
  • 1972
  • University of California - Santa Barbara
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1969

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Olson v. R I C Construction
  • Jury award: $767,499, plus $120,000 interest.


  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Associate Member
  • 2007 - Present
  • Consumer Attorneys of California
  • Member of Board of Directors
  • 2006 - Present
  • National Board of Trial Advocacy
  • Certified in Civil Trial Advocacy
  • 1997 - Present
  • Martindale Hubbel
  • Highest rating
  • 1978 - Present
  • Desert Bar Association
  • President
  • 1979 - 1979
  • Riverside County Deputy District Attorneys Association
  • Vice President
  • 1975 - 1975
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Spanish

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2019
  • Highest rating Since 1978
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2010
  • Presidential Award of Merit
  • Consumer Attorneys of California
  • 2008
  • Champion of Justice
  • Consumer Attorneys of California
  • 2007
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Speaking Engagements

  • California College of Trial Arts
  • Personnel Hiring Issues
  • 2004

Attorney endorsements

Received (11)
Given (3)
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Personal injury Attorney | Aug 01
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. Clark is the epitome of the gentleman lawyer. He has a great understanding of the law, is a strong advocate for his client and a pleasure to work with."
Unknown Attorney | Jun 22
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jun 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jun 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Jun 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 18
Relationship: Other
"Walter is a great attorney with a great reputation. He is great to work with and works hard for each of his clients."
Criminal defense Attorney | Feb 06
Relationship: Friend
"Walter Clark's professional courtesy and diligent advocacy are impressive. He is very well versed in the area of Criminal Defense, and he always treats everyone with respect. I am happy to endorse him."
Personal injury Attorney | Aug 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Wally and I have been neighbors and colleagues for many years. He is highly competent and genuinely cares about his clients. In the desert area he is one of a and foul of personal injury attorneys that I consider top notch."
Personal injury Attorney | Jul 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Walter Clark is an outstanding attorney. I have known him for years, and I know him to be an lawyer who has an excellent reputation for getting things done. If you need a personal injury lawyer, Walter Clark is the first attorney you should call."
Personal injury Attorney | Feb 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Capable, honest to a fault, polite and hardworking, Walter is impressive in court and is well respected by clients, colleagues, opponents and every judge in Riverside County and the rest of Southern California. He is a man of integrity and a credit to the profession."
Personal injury Attorney | Jul 20
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. Walter Clark has a sterling reputation, is highly respected amongst his peers, and achieves great results for his clients. I would not hesitate to have him represent me if I were in need of legal services in his area."
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Rancho Mirage Personal injury Lawyer Walter Tretheway Clark
Walter Tretheway Clark
Personal injury Attorney
Rancho Mirage, CA
Licensed for 51 years
Virtual consultation available