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Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP

Mark Clouatre

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP





Mark Clouatre has litigation experience both in and out of the courtroom. He focuses his practice on complex commercial litigation, including franchise litigation. He also handles product liability, toxic tort, employment, malpractice defense, and general tort cases. His clients include nationally recognized automotive manufacturers, airlines, shipping providers, and professional service firms. Mark has litigated more than 25 complex cases before judges and juries in trial and appellate courts and before administrative agencies in 11 states from Alaska to Florida. He also oversaw and co-managed, with one other firm, more than 400 arbitrations in 48 states during a seven-month span following the bankruptcy of a former automotive group. He personally arbitrated eight of the matters in California and Texas.



  • Colorado Judicial Institute
    • Chair, Board of Directors (2015-present)
    • Board of Directors (2013-present)
  • Faculty of Federal Advocates
    • Board of Directors (2011-2015)
  • ABA Forum on Franchising
    • Diversity Caucus Steering Committee (2013-present)
    • Liaison for the ABA's SOGI Commission (2013-present)
  • Center for Legal Inclusiveness
    • Community outreach committee (2008-present)
  • Denver Bar Association Foundation
  • Denver Bar Association
    • Doctor/Lawyer Program, Instructor (2004-2006)
  • Colorado GLBT Bar Association
    • Board of Directors (2015-present)
  • American Bar Association
  • Colorado Bar Association
  • National Institute for Trial Advocacy
    • Rocky Mountain Deposition Skills Seminar Instructor (2003-present)
    • Rocky Mountain Child Advocacy Training Institute Instructor (2006)
    • Rocky Mountain Regional Trial Skills Seminar Instructor (2005)


Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, JD, cum laude (1995) , University of Colorado, BS, Finance (1992)

United States: Industry focus

Transport: rail and road - litigation

Within: Transport: rail and road - litigation

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP’s automotive practice represents motor vehicle manufacturers and distributors on dealer and franchise disputes. Indeed, clients note in particular the team's ‘expertise in automotive dealer and distribution law’. Mark Clouatre in Denver represented PACCAR in a dealership application dispute, and regularly acts for Fiat Chrysler Automobiles in disputes with dealerships and consumers. Columbia-based Keith Hutto, who handles franchise and distribution cases, is defending Nissan on a number of franchise and dealership cases. Other names to note include Andy Bertron in Tallahassee and Richard Otera in Los Angeles. Hutto and Steven McKelvey, who is also based in Columbia, jointly head the team.

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