Clodfelter has practiced law since 1978 and focuses on bankruptcy, financial restructuring and insolvency litigation. He also has extensive experience with complex commercial litigation and with advising and representing clients with respect to antitrust and unfair trade practices matters, especially in the fields of health care and mergers. Clodfelter has the highest peer rating from attorneys on the Martindale.com legal trade website.
A native of Thomasville, NC, Clodfelter earned bachelor's degrees from Davidson College and Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar, and a law degree from Yale Law School. He served as law clerk for Judge James B. McMillan, Jr. of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of N.C. from 1977-78. Prior to joining Parker Poe, he was in private practice with Moore & Van Allen, PLLC in its Charlotte office.
Charlotte City Council appointed Clodfelter as mayor on April 7, 2014 to complete the unexpired term of former mayor Patrick Cannon. Clodfelter has a log history of public service, including serving on the Charlotte City Council from 1987-93.
In 1998 he was elected to the North Carolina Senate. During his service in the North Carolina Senate until his appointment as mayor, he co-chaired the Finance Committee and was chairman of the Judiciary One Committee. Clodfelter has also been a Trustee of the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation since 1982.
“Dan epitomizes the principles that Parker Poe has long stood for: leadership, civic engagement and excellence in the practice of law,” said Tom Griffin, Parker Poe’s managing partner. “He is respected as a skilled practitioner with nearly four decades of legal experience. He is also admired for many years of service to our city and state as an elected official, most recently being tapped to lead Charlotte during unprecedented and difficult circumstances. We are very pleased to have Dan with us.”
Clodfelter joins a long list of Parker Poe attorneys who have held public elected office. Charles Meeker was mayor of Raleigh, NC from 2001-11 and on city council there from 1985-1989 and 1991-1995. Russell Killen was elected mayor of the Town of Knightdale in 2007 and served as a member of the Knightdale town council from 2003-2007. William Rikard, Ashley Hogewood and the late Bill Poe all chaired the Mecklenburg County Board of Education, and Al Adams served in the North Carolina General Assembly.
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