Trial & Appellate Litigation Practice & Consultation

Nathan Dorlon Clark and Coral Reef Law Offices provide experienced legal representation and consultation in all areas of the law to a wide range of clients and other attorneys, frequently in or related to the following areas of Trial and Appellate litigation practice, and consultation and planning in connection therewith:

  • Federal Criminal Defense
  • State Criminal Defense
  • Post Conviction Relief (2255 & 3.850)
  • Domestic Violence
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Personal Injury
  • Wrongful Death
  • Negligence
  • Defamation
  • Invasion of Privacy
  • Abuse of Process
  • Malicious Prosecution
  • Intentional Torts
  • Breach & Tortious Interference with Contract or Business
  • Fraud & Civil Theft
  • Misrepresentation
  • Fiduciary Breach
  • Civil Conspiracy
  • Consumer Protection
  • Homestead Rights
  • Marital Dissolution
  • Parental Rights
  • Domestic Injunctions
  • Probate & Elder Law
  • Estate Planning
  • Tax Planning
  • Tax Litigation

Nathan Dorlon Clark is a trial and appellate litigation attorney since 1980, who has successfully handled many complex litigation cases with creativity and precision, establishing significant precedent known in the legal community and the media.

Mr. Clark excels in both federal and state trial and appellate courts in the areas of criminal defense, personal injury, business litigation, taxation, family law and other cases. Nathan Dorlon Clark is a member of the Florida Bar and the Mississippi State Bar, as well as all the courts of those states. He is admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States District Courts of both Florida and Mississippi. 

Nathan Dorlon Clark is a leader in the Crossfit and recovery communities, helping others to thrive spiritually and physically, and to fit themselves to be of maximum service to our community.

Nathan Dorlon Clark was born and spent his childhood on Pascagoula Bay at Baptiste Bayou, which today is spanned by Jimmy Buffet Bridge at Jimmy Buffett Beach, in a family of five next door to two Catholic brothers he considered his uncles, regularly attending Presbyterian, Baptist, and Methodist churches, whose church families instilled in Nathan the unwavering belief in the spiritual values of the Good Samaritan. Nathan Dorlon worked at a young age in the family owned shrimp industry, and on his grandfather Capt. Eugene Graham’s two overnight charter fishing boats, the Honeymoon and the Silver King, III. He is the great, great grandson of Nathan Mulford Dorlon, of Dauphin Island, Alabama, the longest owner of the Governor Stone, an 1877 oyster schooner docked in Panama City, Florida, at St. Andrews Marina, which is a National Historic Landmark.

Nathan Dorlon Clark is an undergraduate of Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama, receiving a B.A. degree in 1977, where he majored in philosophy and literature under the guidance of the Jesuit order and Philosophers Mel Brandon and Carl Kobelja, and played 4 years of college basketball on an athletic scholarship, and studied classical piano and art.

In 1980, Nathan Dorlon Clark received his Juris Doctor law degree from University of Mississippi, where he served on the prestigious Mississippi Law Journal, and was a member of Phi Delta Phi legal fraternity.

In 1981, Mr. Clark  received his Master of Laws in Taxation degree from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida, where his studies focused on business entity taxation. After graduating from the University of Miami, Nathan joined the Miami office of the nationally known tax law firm, Culverhouse, Tomlinson, Mills, Anderson and Cone, where he commenced his federal civil and criminal tax and white collar litigation practice. The firm was headed by Hugh F. Culverhouse, a tax lawyer with a national reputation and the founder and owner of the Tampa Bay Buccaneer NFL football team.

From 2007-14, Nathan Dorlon Clark served the communities of Miami and the Florida Keys as an Assistant Regional Counsel for the State of Florida, with the Office of Criminal Conflict & Civil Regional Counsel, Third Region, representing indigent defendants in need, while simultaneously operating and maintaining his private practice in complex litigation cases, renowned in the legal community and the media.


Admissions & Honors

  • National Trial Lawyers Association Top 100 Criminal Defense Attorneys, 2018
  • The Rodney Thaxton “Against All Odds” Award, Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Miami Chapter, 2009
  • Dedicated Service Award, Office of Criminal Conflict & Civil Regional Council, 3rd Region of Florida, 2011
  • Assistant Regional Counsel, Office of Criminal Conflict & Civil Regional Counsel, 3rd Region of Florida, 2007-2014
    • Miami-Dade County, 2007-10 (Courtrooms of Hon. Beatrice Butchko, Hon. Reemberto Diaz, Hon. Peter Lopez)
    • Monroe County, 2009-10 (Courtrooms of Hon. Mark Jones, Hon. Luis Garcia, Hon. David Audlin, Hon. Ruth Becker-Painter, Hon. Peary Fowler, Hon. Wayne Miller
    • Miami-Dade County, 2011-14 (Courtrooms of Hon. Stacy Glick, Hon. Leon Firtel, Hon. Valerie Manno-Schurr, Hon. Ariana Fajardo)
  • The Academy of Florida Trial Lawyers, 1999
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America, 2000
  • Distinguished Service Award, The Public Interest Law Bank of the Dade County B Association, Haitian Refugees, 1984
  • Pro Bono Service Award, Put Something Back, Dade County Bar Association, December, 1981
  • Pro Bono Service Award, Put Something Back, Dade County Bar Association, December 11, 1998
  • Phi Delta Phi, International Legal Fraternity, 1979
  • NFLPA Member Contract Advisor, 1991
  • Florida Bar, 1982
  • Mississippi State Bar, 1981
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 11th Circuit
  • Supreme Court of the United States of America, 1984
  • United States Tax Court, 1981
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Florida, 1982
  • United States District Court, Southern District Mississippi, 2000
  • United States District Court, Middle District of Florida, 2010
  • Supreme Court of Florida, 1982
  • Supreme Court of Mississippi, 1980

    Media Profiles

  • Daily Business Review, September 3, 2015, Foreclosure ‘Extraordinary’ Even by Miami Standards
    • “Attorney Nathan Clark insisted homestead interests couldn’t be defeated without all the parties’ signatures on a second mortgage”
  • New York Times (Front Page), Saturday, July 1, 2006, Two Views of Terror Suspects: Die Hards or Dupes
    • “It’s clearly a case of entrapment,” said Nathan Clark…Mr. Clark said the taped oath was “induced by the government.
  •  The American Lawyer, July/August 1983, Big Deals
    • Leader of Dissident Group in Southeast Bank proxy fight tapped Hugh Culverhouse and associate Nathan Clark of Miami’s Culverhouse, Botts, Mills & Cone
  • Sun Herald, June 29, 2006, Coast Lawyer Gets High Profile Case
  • The Sun Herald, May 27, 2016, Former Ingalls official admits lying to Navy, Coast Guard
  • The Mississippi Press, May 27, 2016, Ex-Ingalls employee pleads guilty (probation)
  • The Miami Herald, March 1994, 9 salesmen charged with laundering drug money: indictments stun auto dealership
  • The Miami Herald, July 15, 1995, Car Seller Cleared of Money Laundering
    • One of nine car salesmen cleared of 18 counts
  • The Miami Herald, October 22, 1999, John Doe Is Dead
  • The Miami Herald, January 26, 1999, Cuban exile arrested in drug case: Man is also a suspect in Castro death plot
  • The Miami Herald, February 9, 2000, 3 convicted in drug smuggling ring
  • The Miami Herald, November 22, 2002, Dade teacher arrested on federal sex charges
  • The Miami Herald, Neighbors, April 18, 2004, Police looking to return loot


  • University of Miami School of Law, Coral Gables, Florida
    • LLM., Masters of Laws in Taxation
  • University of Mississippi School of Law, Oxford, Mississippi
    • J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence
    • Law Review: Mississippi Law Journal, Member 1979-80 (Published in Torts)
    • Phi Delta Phi, International Legal Fraternity, 1979
  • Spring Hill College
    • B.A., Batchelor of Arts in Philosophy
    • Four Year Basketball Scholarship
    • Classical Piano, (under Ira Swingle)
    • Classical Art, (under Father Daniel Creagan, S.J.)
  • Annual Criminal Justice Act Conference, Federal Public Defenders Office, Southern District of Florida
  • Criminal Justice Act Conference, Federal Defenders Office, Southern District of Mississippi, 2016

Community Activities

  • Founder & General Counsel, Triangle Club of Palmetto Bay, Inc., Palmetto Bay, Florida
  • Howard Palmetto Girls Khoury League Coach, 1997
  • Temple Beth Am Girls Basketball League, Coach, 1996-97 (Regular Season & Tournament Champions, 1997)
  • Long Range Planning Committee, Village of Pinecrest, 1997
  • Leadership Miami, 1992-1993
  • Citizen Volunteer, Get Smart AA Group of North Dade Prison ANNEX, 1999
  • Citizen Volunteer, Florida Department of Corrections, 1998
  • Career Awareness Day Madison Middle School, 2002

Crossfit Games

  • Kill Cliff Crush Games, Tropical Park, Miami, Florida, October 3, 2015
  • Battlefrog, Hialeah, Florida, November 21, 2015
  • Battlefrog, Virginia Key, Florida, March 25, 2016
  • Ripped Games, Davie, Florida, June 5, 2016
  • Kill Cliff Crush Games, Tropical Park, Miami, Florida, October 15-16, 2016
  • Benjamin Dash, Virginia Key, Florida, October 29, 2016
  • Battle on Buffet Beach, Singing River Crossfit, Pascagoula, Mississippi, December 3, 2016
  • Boxlife Games, Crossfit Wynwood, Miami, Florida, September 8, 2018
  • Festivus Games, Singing River Crossfit, Pascagoula, Mississippi, October 6, 2018